Liam Rudden’s five Fringe shows to see this week

The Snow Queen. Picture: contributed
The Snow Queen. Picture: contributed
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So much choice, so little time, so what should you see? Let us help you.


From left, Emmet Kirwan & Ian Lloyd Anderson in Dublin Old School. Picture: contributed

From left, Emmet Kirwan & Ian Lloyd Anderson in Dublin Old School. Picture: contributed

TRAVEL through time with the mysterious Victorian magician John Henry Blackwood at C Nova. In his brand new show, Blackwood returns with a series of magical experiments to explore the powerful potential of time travel. His signature tall tales, anecdotes and elegant magic culminate in an attempt to answer one of science’s biggest questions: Is time travel possible?

Have your childhood passion for the impossible rekindled and wonder as Blackwood demonstrates that the world doesn’t always follow the rules, and that no matter how impossible something appears, there is always a way.

Charming, funny and quirky, Edinburgh resident Blackwood is certainly worth a punt.

Until 29 Aug (not 16), 7.30pm, £9.50-£11.50, 0845-260 1234

Emerald Diaries. Picture: contributed

Emerald Diaries. Picture: contributed


Gilded Balloon at Museum Auditorium

FROM Shanghai to the Capital, Theatre Anon bring their sell-out production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen to one of the Fringe’s newest venues this month - Gilded Balloon at the National Museum of Scotland.

The Snow Queen tells the coming-of-age tale of young Gerda who journeys to the far north to free her friend Kay from the frozen palace. Along the way she encounters robbers, royalty, friendly ravens and talking reindeer.

John Henry Blackwood: Mysterious Moments of Magic. Picture: contributed

John Henry Blackwood: Mysterious Moments of Magic. Picture: contributed

A fantastic fairytale brought to life for all the family.

Until 29 August (not 16), 1pm, £5-£10, 0131-622 6552, Age 4+


Opium, Cowgate

ONE act every four minutes, that’s what you get at Comedy Tapas at Opium on The Cowgate, where you can sample 10 shows in one go.

Chris O’Neill, who selected the acts, explains, “Comedy Tapas lets you make some sense of the Fringe frenzy and pick favourites. Tthere are only so many hours in the day and this show is the solution. The idea is to let visitors to the Fringe pick what they want to see later in the day.

“Acts will entertain with different styles - stand-up, sketch, musical, character comedy and some spoken word.”

Sounds like a bargain, but better still, admission to Comedy Tapas costs nothing as it’s part of the PHB Free Fringe, although it is first come first served.

Until 27 August, 1.15pm, free


Beside, Pleasance Courtyard

DRUGS, dance and dark comedy lace Dublin Oldschool, the award-winning new play from Emmet Kirwan.

Join wannabe DJ Jason on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin, moving from one misguided misadventure to another. Somewhere between the DJs, drug busts and hilltop raves, he stumbles across a familiar face from the past: his brother Daniel.

Daniel is an educated, homeless addict. They haven’t spoken in years but, over a lost weekend, they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips and their city.

Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson bring to life 17 characters in this exciting new work.

Until 28 August (not 10, 15 & 22), 1pm, £6-£10, 0131-556 6550. Age 14 +


Greenside, Nicolson Square

A BRAND new musical set in Leith and featuring the local award-inning Siamsoir Irish dance troupe premieres at the the Fringe this year.

In Emerald Diaries, by Kingdom FM’s John Murray with Leith Festival supremo Tony Delicata, Andrew joins the Irish Dancers as they audition... surely he can dance? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe it’s the charms of one of the dancers that has persuaded him to come along.

As a love story unfolds, with original Scottish songs by Willie Logan, will Andrew have the luck of the Irish and be lucky in love?

Emerald Diaries is produced by Kingdom Theatre Company, who scored a five-star hit with their previous Fringe show Sinatra: The Final Curtain.

Until 27 August (not 14, 21), 8.40pm, £11, 0131-226 0000