(Lyn Gardner’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/8.)

The fringe programme is out today – so here’s a venue-by-venue look at some of this year’s highlights across the Edinburgh festival. Let us know what’s caught your eye


Russian clowns Derevo are back in town with the whimsical love story Once. Fringe favourite Gavin Robertson, always a clever theatre-maker, returns with a new piece, Escape from the Planet of the Day That Time Forgot. Attrape Moi is a contemporary circus show from Quebec, and the Australian company Casus, who did the fab Knee Deep, are back with a new piece, Driftwood. Plastic Boom are a new circus company and proteges of the brilliant Gandini Juggling so there should be no dropped balls in Water on Mars. If you like cabaret, then the Marie Antoinette-inspired Torte e Mort sounds like a winner; the same goes for Lady Rizo: Multiplied. Also under the cabaret section comes Peter and Bambi Heaven: The Magic Inside which has tickled the fancy of Australian audiences in a big way. Clean Break offer a double bill of new voices with House and Amongst the Reeds. The headphones show Last Dream (on Earth) comes with rave reviews and is part of the Made in Scotland Showcase – always a good sign – as is Cora Bissett and David Greig’s Glasgow Girls. A Streetcar Named Desire is staged by the Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre, who have delivered in the past.


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