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The Cultural Fringe: Ten Unmissable Shows at 2013’s Edinburgh Festival
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The Cultural Fringe: Ten Unmissable Shows at 2013’s Edinburgh Festival

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Updated: 9 February 2017
The largest international festival in the world, the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe hosted a staggering 2,871 productions from the end of July through to August. Only a month long, competition for audiences can be fierce during festival time, and the challenge for visitors to find the ‘right’ show is equally as difficult. We look back at Scotland’s most dominant event, at ten exciting shows whose global focus made them stand out.

Ballad of the Burning Star

Am I a victim or a persecutor?’ A semi-autobiographical work, Ballad of the Burning Star was a cabaret show that investigated modern Israeli identity. This production by the multi-award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum is directed, written and co-performed by Israel-born Nir Paldi. Although exploring some often provocative subject matter, Paldi described the show as approaching these issues playfully, combining different theatrical styles, cabaret, drag and music to ‘weave together an intricate account of an extremely complex reality.’

Details: Pleasance Queen Dome, 17:15, 31 July – 26 August (except Tuesdays 13th and 20th).


Canary Gold

Performing in three languages (English, Spanish and French, and with surtitles), TSF and Teatro Tamaska explored political