Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Highlights

By Kim Traynor (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsThis year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe has a mere 3,934 shows squished into the programme (!), all jostling for your attention and attendance, plus over 100 learning and engagement events at Fringe Central. So where do you start? If the idea of this much choice is making you hyperventilate, don’t panic – we’ve got you covered. The team at YTAS have put together a list of shows to get you started that we think look intriguing, exciting, or just plain weird. Enjoy!

If you’ve got a young company show you’d like us to see or add to the list, send us the details here.

Young Companies
Strange Town – Dr Korczak’s Example
Tribe Porty Youth Theatre – The Wizard of Oz
Lochgelly Youth Performing Arts – The Addams Family

Rest of UK
Zenith Youth Theatre – Lift
Newbury Youth Theatre – Of Rags and Bones
National Youth Theatre – The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre – This is Yorkshire
The Stevenage Lytton Youth Theatre – Apocalypse Cow
Youth Connection Theatre Company – The Lucky Durhams
Byteback Theatre – The Only One in the World
Parker and Snell Youth Company – Eight
Malvern Theatres Young Company – Antigone

Vooruit, Arenbergschouwburg, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, Summerhall – Another One

Nelson Youth Theatre Company – Holy Moses!
St Petersburg State A.A. Bryantsev Youth Theatre – Contractions

Events by Friends of YTAS
Drama and Autism (Lauren Oakes, Horsecross Arts)
Birds of Paradise and EdFringe – Making Your Show Accessible: The Basics
Staged for Life – Shining a Light on the Gender Gap in Technical Theatre
Glas(s) & Junction 25 – Blank Page
Theatre Sans Accents – Bilingualism(s) in Theatre: Creating Artistic Languages

Curiouser and Curiouser!

A selection of some of the shows making it on to our to see lists:
Traverse Theatre – Breakfast Plays: Youthquake
Birds of Paradise and NTS – My Left/Right Foot
The Network – Propellor
Traverse Theatre – What Girls Are Made Of
Company of Wolves – Achilles
Middle Child – One Life Stand
Glas(s) Performance – Old Boy
Vooruit, Arenbergschouwburg, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, Summerhall – Another One
Andy Manley – Stick by Me
Mamoru Iriguchi – Eaten

Expand Your Mind

Be part of the conversation at one of the many workshops and events being held throughout August:
Playwright Studio Scotland – TalkFest 2018 – Let Them Lead the Way
YTAS and EdFringe – The Future Voice of Theatre Critics
Imaginate – Pushing Boundaries in Work for Young Audiences
SDTN – Devising Theatre for Social Change with Caitlin Skinner

(Photo: Kim Traynor [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)] via Wikimedia Commons)

YTAS Team’s Top Picks

We asked some of the friendly faces in the YTAS family what show they’re most looking forward to seeing this August:

Kenny: Where it Hurts – The Grassmarket Project

Katie: Martyn Bennett’s Bothy Culture (presented as part of the Edinburgh International Festival)

James: Erewhon – Arthur Meek and Magnetic North

Catherine: The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and His Narcissistic Mother – 21Common

Andy: Dr Korczak’s Example – Strange Town

Vikki: Off Kilter – Ramesh Meyyappan


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