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Culture beyond The Fringe

Edinburgh’s international reputation tends to be heavily intertwined with the various festivals that dominate the city during August. Sometimes the manic focus on this one particular month – hundreds of shows in hundreds of venues, ranging from random spare rooms seating twelve people to the McEwan Hall – can detract from the thriving year-round cultural life of this city.

Truth be told, I find August to be an overrated month in the Edinburgh calendar. I tend to get suddenly protective of ‘my’ city, infuriated when I can’t speed up the Royal Mile but instead have to weave in and out, head down.

I prefer the months where culture lurks a little closer to the depths hinted at by that overworn phrase: “under the surface”.

For me that means keeping a close eye on the ‘What’s On’ listings of several key theatres in Edinburgh. So, for theatre lovers both new and returning to Edinburgh, here is a quick low down on what there is to look forward to this semester in Edinburgh:

Bedlam: our favourite student theatre is providing our favourite improvised comedy every Friday night, The Improverts are on at 10:30pm weekly.

Kings: my favourite theatre is running (amongst others) productions of Brave New World and The Shawshank Redemption this October.

The Playhouse: for musical lovers, Shrek The Musical and The Bodyguard will be on the stage this autumn in Edinburgh.

Traverse: check out A Play, A Pie & A Pint for short, new writing and, of course, enjoy with food and drinks!

So fear not Freshers – you perhaps missed the 2015 festival mania whilst you were awaiting exam results and accommodation allocation – and fourth years (whose tenancies might sadly run out in June 2016) alike: there’s still going to be plenty of opportunities to get your theatre fix this academic year!

Image courtesy of Bedlam Theatre /

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