Fringe picks: Shows the Evening News recommends

Blam Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. Pic: Comp
Blam Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. Pic: Comp
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WITH just four full days of the 2013 Fringe left, the final scramble is on.

For performers that means trying to attract by now Festival-weary tourists; for the Capital’s Fringe fans, it means just four more days to catch those shows that have slipped through the net.

If, on the other hand, you want to see one show, safe in the knowledge you’re not going to waste your hard-earned cash, here is the Evening News’ guide to the shows we have awarded six stars over the last three weeks...

THEATRE: THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, ASSEMBLY ROOMS, until Sunday

“This punchy new adaptation of Stephen King’s novella is a stunning production. Kyle Secor as Andy is tremendous... Omid Djalili, brings endearing warmth to Red... Ian Lavender is heart-rending as librarian Brooksie and Jack Monaghan as Tommy brings a captivating, wide-eyed innocence to the story. CLAIRE WOOD

COMEDY: FAULTY TOWERS DINING EXPERIENCE, B’EST RESTAURANT, until Monday

“The entire evening’s dining was a complete farce worthy of a 70s sitcom... the talented trio recreating many of the iconic, and hilarious, moments from John Cleese’s much-loved sitcom... JOSIE BALFOUR

PHYSICAL: BLAM!, UNDERBELLY BRISTO SQUARE, until Sunday

“Blam = Brilliant! Every stunt is greeted with uproarious applause. This is 75 minutes of gob-smacking high-voltage physical theatre mastery. ALISON POLLARD-MANSERGH

DRAMA: CIARA, TRAVERSE THEATRE, until Sunday

“Duff’s performance is rewarding... Harrower and Duff have certainly produced a satisfying accompaniment to the Traverse 50th celebrations.”

JOHN DARLEY

SOLO: WHY IS JOHN LENNON WEARING A SKIRT?, HILL STREET THEATRE, until Sunday

“...one of Fringe 2013 hidden gems... Dowie is a performer at the top of her game.”

LIAM RUDDEN

POLITICAL: THE RADICALISATION OF BRADLEY MANNING, ST THOMAS AQUINS HIGH SCHOOL, until Sunday

“National Theatre Wales have certainly produced a brave and radical piece. Despite its non-biographical status, its abstract views will no doubt be at the forefront of political debate over the remainder of the Fringe.” JOHN DARLEY

CLASSIC: TITUS ANDRONICUS, THE SPACE AT SURGEONS HALL, until Saturday

“This is a production which should go direct to London’s West End after its Fringe run, while the blood is still hot.”

RICHARD FRANKLIN

KIDS: THE ADVENTURE. PLEASANCE COURTYARD, until Saturday

“As a parent, I loved watching my ten-year-old in the thick of it. As a teacher, I appreciated the inclusion of educational elements and the performers’ encouragement of the children. As a theatre goer I truly loved this well-orchestrated, site-specific, immersive theatre piece.”

ALISON POLLARD-MANSERGH

ONE-MAN: HOWIE THE ROOKIE, ASSEMBLY HALL, until Sunday

“Flitting from character to character with grace and ease, Vaughan-Lawlor gives what is arguably the performance of this Fringe. Don’t miss.”

LIAM RUDDEN