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 / www.bedlamfringe.co.uk