Highlights from the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe programme

Daniel Kitson, Billy the Mime and Paolo Bianchi set to appear

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Highlights from the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe programme

Daniel Kitson

This could well be another record-breaking year for the Fringe. Star power comes in the inimitable form of Ray Winstone, who rocks up to promote his play The Two Worlds of Charlie F, at the Pleasance, with whispers of him taking part in an acting masterclass while he’s here; while elsewhere the ‘most watched TV star in the world’, David Hasselhoff will appear.

You’ll be less than surprised to hear there’s a massive amount of comedy on show, including a slew of Perrier/Edinburgh Comedy Award winners such as Brendon Burns, Daniel Kitson, Tim Key, Sean Hughes, Dylan Moran, Al Murray, David O’Doherty and Russell Kane.

For fans of silent comedy, The Boy With Tape On His Face is back while Billy The Mime promises to show the dark side of schtum with skits about abortion, child abuse and various tragic celebrity deaths. Music treats include Barb Jungr, Blueflint, Camille O’Sullivan, James Grant and King Creosote while those who fancy a spot of cabaret, can burn some late-night oil with Notoriously Kinky, Lady Carol and Lili la Scala.

This year’s Made in Scotland showcase will support a dozen Scottish companies producing theatre, dance and children’s shows including theatre at the Traverse and outdoor dance at St Andrew Square, and to support the showcase, The Playwrights’ Studio Scotland returns with a programme of talks and workshops.

For kids, there’s Baby Loves Disco, Asking For Trouble with the high-energy Bubblewrap and Boxes, the massively popular Horrible Histories reaches us with tales of Barmy Britain and there’s the potentially hard-to-promote The I Hate Children Children’s Show. In the world of dance, there’s the ever-popular Castle Rocks Breakdance Championships, a dance fusion spectacular called Flash Mob, while the ever-excellent Dance Base programme includes Paola Bianchi, Liz Roche Company and Alessandro Sciarroni.

Those who like to watch shows concerning famous dead people will be enamoured by productions about Steve Jobs, Churchill and Hitler while there’s rumoured to be at least three shows (one from Frisky and Mannish) about The 27 Club, the unofficial society of pop stars such as Hendrix, Cobain, Morrison, Winehouse, Joplin (and many, many more) who expired at that tender age.

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