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Our Pick of the Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest show on earth! Part of the Edinburgh Festivals, 3,314 shows, 50,459 performances in 313 venues representing 49 countries!

Here’s our ‘Pick of the Fringe’ for the best LGBTI related shows and some of our favourite performers. You can keep us up to date on everything you’ve seen on our Facebook and twitter. If you’d like us to include any recommendations you can email us.

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven

Written and performed by legendary trans playwright, performer and poet Jo Clifford, this unique and extraordinary show combines theatre with storytelling, spoken word and ritual in a way that, according to one audience member, ‘leaves everyone feeling blessed’. Join Queen Jesus for a revolutionary queer ritual in which bread is shared, wine is drunk and familiar stories are reimagined by a transgender Jesus. The Guardian’s ‘shows not to miss.’ Featured on BBC Four’s Edinburgh Extra. ‘Reaffirms everyone’s right to live free of discrimination and prejudice’ (Lyn Gardner, Guardian). www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

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Michelle McManus: Reloaded

Presenter, columnist and singer Michelle brings a new Reloaded one-woman show to the Festival. Co-written with comedian Bruce Devlin it is an upfront take on life since winning Pop Idol along with some of her all-time favourite songs. From Get The Party Started to I Am What I Am, this evening of entertainment is set to have everyone singing along and laughing with Michelle, as she recounts some of the humorous ups and downs of her life as a TV reality show winner, from partying with Robbie Williams to singing for the Pope.

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Dive and Summerhall Present… C U Next Tuesday Cabaret

Edinburgh’s finest purveyors of weirdo cabaret and decadent performance parties get a Summerhall Fringe residency. The queerest pick and mix of the Fringe! Live performance, music, spoken word, comedy, live art and the occasional vogue ball. Cabaret every Tuesday plus a one-off Friday night party. C U Next Tuesday, love Dive. ‘Close to that old cabaret scuzz, a seat of the pants venue, an audience ready to shout, sweat and snog’ (NotTelevision.net). ‘Offbeat and innovative … Dive is in at number 78 in The List Top 100’ (List).

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The internationally ignored song stylist from Berlin is back. Join Hedwig and the band on their anatomically incorrect rock odyssey. The musical tells the story of Hansel Schmidt, a young man from East Berlin who seizes an opportunity to escape communist Germany by marrying an American GI – but that’s just the start of the story. Throw into the mix a nerdy teenager called Tommy, a major case of plagiarism and a seriously scorned Hedwig, and you’re starting to see how this story is far from what it seems.

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Trans Scripts

The struggles and triumphs of six transgender women unfold with honesty, intelligence and wit in this groundbreaking exploration of gender and identity by Fringe First and Herald Angel Award-winning producer Paul Lucas. Created from actual interviews, Trans Scripts provides a rare and intimate glimpse into the lives of people embracing their authentic selves, and offers testament to the resilience of the human spirit. A powerhouse international cast from Broadway, television and film includes Calpernia Addams (Beautiful Daughters), Bianca Leigh (Transamerica) and Rebecca Root (BBC2’s Boy Meets Girl). Directed by two-time Fringe First Award winner Linda Ames Key.

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By the Bi

Fifteen vignettes utilising a unique cohesion of modern dance, physicalised movement and spoken word. By the Bi unpacks how society’s isolation of bisexual culture perpetuates harmful and hurtful stereotypes of bisexuality that include confusion, greediness and promiscuity. By the Bi is an open platform that discusses not only the oppression of the bisexual community, but celebrates the beauty and individuality of its members. It is not only a show, but a proactive step forward in the movement for social equality.

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Craig Hill: Playing With My Selfie!

I‘Riotously funny!’ (Independent). Get snap happy with an evening of gloriously camp, no-holds-barred comedy. Craig flashes his kilt pins, strikes a pose and calls: Lights, camera… and, most definitely, action! Bring your auntie, bring your hubby, bring your selfie! ‘Laugh-out-loud performance from beginning to end… An hour with Hill makes for a cracking show… Irresistible!’ (List). ‘Wickedly subversive… Funny, charming, charismatic’ (Metro). ‘Class. Risque, rib-tickling and absolutely screaming from the rafters… Hill actually has to wait until the audience stops laughing before he can start again. It’s absolutely hilarious’ (Evening News). Sellout 2002-2014!

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These Troubled Times

A comedic and irreverent exploration of homophobia, religion, and the meaning of family. An openly gay man babysits his niece and nephew but gets more that he bargained for. Then there’s the persistence of his estranged boyfriend, the religion fuelled homophobia of his brother’s neighbour, and the extraordinary arrival of some unpleasant, unwelcome guests. This dark and funny tale proves the most important question of our time is not are we alone, but what happens when we come together? ‘Humorous true-to-life writing and excellent performances’ (TheatreScene.net).

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Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress

Work in progress from the maestro of feel-good comedy. Fresh from touring the UK and Australia. Star of Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For? (Radio 4). ‘Amos is officially becoming a national treasure. Expect more warm insight and spiky charm here’ (Sunday Times). ‘Stephen says he doesn’t like adjectives before his name so I won’t give him one. But if I did it would probably be “brilliant”. Amos is a brilliant comedian’ (Bruce Dessau). ‘It’s all fabulous, but when riffing with the audience Amos truly excelled…comedy gold’ (Herald Sun).

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