Why? Circa has been at the forefront of new-circus art since 2004 with powerful works that challenge, thrill and delight – this new, exciting show at Edinburgh Fringe pays acrobatic homage to humankind, exploring just what it means to be us.
When? 7pm, 4–26 August
Why? Roaring variety, physical theatre, smoky live jazz and cheeky audience interaction combine in this awesome acrobatic show that revives the decadence of 1930s Paris.
Where? Assembly George Square Gardens
When? 8.30pm, 3–8, 10–13, 15–20, 22–27 August
Why? If you only see one show, make it this: each night, the team creates a whole new musical via audience participation. Magical and hilarious, it takes improvised musical theatre to a whole new level. Any Edinburgh visit is simply incomplete without it.
Where? Pleasance Courtyard
When? 11.20pm, 2–14, 16–27 August
04 Djuki Mala
Why? Unique, high-energy Aboriginal dance troupe from Australia fuses traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, dance and storytelling to create a work that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning. If there’s one show sure to make you happy, this is it.
Where? Assembly George Square Theatre
When? 4.30pm, 3–13, 15–20, 22–28 August
05 Al Porter
Why? Tipped as the next Graham Norton, this irreverent Irish stand-up never fails to hit the high notes of hilarity with his barbed wit and quick-thinking retro-camp. A big future star; don’t miss.
When? 6.45pm, 12–27 August