10 Things to do at the Festival this week

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Book Fringe tickets at www.edfringe.com or call 0131-226 0000

BIG BRAIN BENEFIT

UNDERBELLY’S Big Brain Benefit at Underbelly George Square sees the Fringe venue partnering with The Brain Tumour Charity for a raucous evening of live comedy.

The organisation remains at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours. All box office income will go straight to The Brain Tumour Charity with Underbelly matching that amount as a donation to the charity.

On the bill are Aisling Bea, John Bishop, Jason Byrne, Danny Bhoy, Tommy Tiernan, Abandoman, Charlie Baker,

and Suzi Ruffell.

Underbelly George Square, Wednesday, 11.45pm, £20, www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk/whats-on/underbellys

COURTNEY ACT

THE Singer and Rupaul’s Drag Race Season Six Star brings her homage to Australian pop to the Fringe. Catch her at Underbelly’s Circus Hub daily at 6pm. £12-£15

CHINA GOES POP

EYE-POPPING, entertainment direct from China, with brilliant world-class acrobatics, martial arts, physical comedy, stunning video and costumes all against a pop soundtrack. £13-£15

PHILL JUPITUS UP THE STAND

SPEND an hour with funny man and musical theatre star Phill Jupitus at The Stand Comedy Club 3&4, York Place, daily at 4.30pm.

£12

ARLENE PHILLIPS

ARLENE! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip opens at Assembly Checkpoint on Tuesday. In it Arlene Phillips, choreographer to the stars, tells the stories from behind the scenes. £15

THE ART & SCIENCE OF GIN

EDINBURGH Gin presents a show inspired by the spirit’s illustrious history at 99 Hanover Street. Tickets are £20 and include welcome drink, tasting session and cocktail. Book 0131-556 6550

COLIN CLOUD; DARE

HE has been wowing the US on America’s Got Talent but right now, local mind-reader extraodinaire Colin Cloud is back home and leaving Fringe audiences shaken by his ability to calculate the future and deduce your intimate thoughts. Your life in his hands at the Pleasance Courtyard. £12.50-£15

JAN RAVENS

IMPRESSIONIST Jan Ravens to the Fringe in her debut solo show Difficult Woman at the Gilded Balloon, Teviot.

She says, “I have played the Fringe many times, starting in 1978 with the Footlights, and directing the first Perrier award winner in 1981, with Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

“And I was here in 2012 doing a play with the Comedians Theatre Group. But Difficult Woman is both an opportunity to present a huge amount of impressions, and a celebration of what it is to be a woman of a certain age. I’m loving it.”

In the show the Dead Ringers star brilliantly observes an array of contemporary characters, including Theresa May and Diane Abbott. £12-£14

AFTERNOON TEA WEEK

CELEBRATE National Afternoon Tea Week with Hotel du Vin’s - Bristo Place - Gin & Tonic-inspired take on the classic until Sunday.

Traditional Afternoon Teas start at £22.50

A JOKE

TWO sci-fi stars join forces at The Space, Niddry Street for the Fringe, catch Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy & Star Trek’s Robert Picardo in the comedy play A Joke. £12