Venue: Church Hill Theatre: Studio
¡Bocón!, a fable, tells the story of Miguel who flees a repressive military regime in Central America for Los Angeles. An irrepressible big mouth or bocón, Miguel loses his voice when his parents are taken and begins a metaphorical journey. Along the way he meets up with La Llorona, the legendary Weeping Woman of Mexican and Central American mythology, finds his voice and the courage to cross the border to a new life. Miguel’s story is relevant to immigrant children from all parts of the world … and any child learning the many meanings of finding one’s own voice.
Venue: Pilrig Studio: Pilrig Studio
Think Grease meets Little Shop of Horrors blended in to a crazy morph of 50s stereotypes and teenage woes with fun music and clever lyrics. Jonny, a rebel, falls in love with Toffee during a routine air-raid drill, but their love is forbidden by parents and Principal Strict. When Toffee breaks it off Jonny commits suicide by hurling himself into a nearby nuclear power plant. Weeks later Jonny reappears from the grave to finish high school and take Toffee to prom. Can a teenager in mourning find a way to be with her undead love of her life?
Based on Studs Terkel's book of interviews with American workers, a vivid portrait is painted of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, waitress, millworker, mason, and housewife, just to name a few. This is a musical exploration, set in Chicago, of 24 people from all walks of life. The strength of the show is in the core truths that transcend specific professions; the key is how people's relationship to their work ultimately reveals aspects of their humanity. www.guerinprep.org.
Deirdre and Roni make the perfect couple. Maybe. Deirdre wishes Roni was Julie Andrews; Roni wishes Marni Nixon had dubbed Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia. They don't even have the same taste in music except for the divine Dusty. Both flawed, but comically grasping onto their world of reality by their fingernails in an attempt to help them get through the most important day of their lives. Planning for their big day, they will make you laugh out loud, but there's a twist – and will they be left laughing? A brand new high-camp, low-brow comedy.
Venue: Ghillie Dhu: The Auditorium
Make a day of it with the Wee Rascals Club showing Scottish film Brave followed by a ceilidh just for kids. Tickets include a buffet lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties. Perfect for all ages!
It's New Year's Eve in the household of Bill Ding and Anne Arky. The wine is flowing and the guests are buzzing, all unaware as to what is about to happen. As the clock strikes twelve, chaos descends upon the party. Whose New Year's will be cut short and whose will be a blur? Come along to this amusing get together, to watch as all the characters bring their own story to the party. From fear of loneliness to never finding love to bickering couples and hand guns.
Venue: Tron Kirk
Vieux Carre Tron Kirk Price - £5 (plus 50p per ticket booking fee) Classic sounds of the jazz age from Newcastle six piece band swing, ragtime, New Orleans style from the 20s and 30s – perfect for a post Mardi Gras pint.
Vernon God Little (adapted from the award winning Novel by DBC Pierre) follows the journey of Vernon, an intelligent teenager from the small town of Martirio in Texas, on his adventures through the penal and legal system. When his friend Jesus Navarro commits suicide after killing sixteen bullying schoolmates, suspicion falls on Vernon and he is accused of capital murder. Fearing the death penalty, he goes on the run to Mexico.
Debate, discussion and discourse in the company of some of the fiercest intellects this country has to offer. Are the Scots sick? Can we trust bankers? Is Edinburgh a hellish dystopia ruined by planners, toytown development and (whisper) trams? Can we stop ageing? How best do we plan for our national future? Can we? Dare we? Scotland boasts fine, fierce intellects so come along and shake that grey matter, challenge your ideas and put your opinion forward. Guests / debate / discussions will change daily: details at www.arfringe.com. Bring your brain. This is conversation for grown-ups.
Sponsored by Sunday Herald: the finest chat show at the Fringe chaired by Iain Macwhirter and featuring really good people with something interesting to say and some decent chat. In conjunction with Scotland’s leading Sunday newspaper a daily lunchtime chat show / interview / debate format that cuts to the heart of what’s happening to our nation, our government, our institutions and our festivals. Each day a different panel of top guests are grilled by one of our top journalists, with plenty of time for questions from the audience. Guests change daily, detailed programme available at www.arfringe.com.