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Edinburgh Festival 2003 - Highlights, part two



Preview by Paul Nelson

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Fascinating Aida - One Last Flutter. Ballroom, Assembly Rooms
The three stalwarts of legendary all-girl theatre cabaret act, Adele Anderson, Marilyn Cutts and Dillie Keane, gather together for one last time 'for the single purpose of topping up their pensions'. Their farewell tour reflects the age we're in and the age they're at, with splendid savage satire and bittersweet poignancy. 20th Anniversary Farewell Tour.
August 5-25 at 9pm.

Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose. Music Hall, Assembly Rooms
Pulitzer Prize-winning courtroom masterpiece is given a fascinating new twist with a cast made up of award winning comedians and actors. Cast includes Bill Bailey, Owen O'Neill, Stephen Frost, Steve Furst, Jeff Green, Gavin Robertson, Russell Hunter, Ian Coppinger, and David Calvitto. Directed by Guy Masterson.
August 1-25 at 12.30pm.

Red Hat and Tales by Nick Salamone. Drawing Room, Assembly Rooms
Fringe First winner Nick Salamone invites you into a stuffy darkened closet to witness the intricacies of a claustrophobic marriage of two contemporary bisexuals. Absurd and very moving. A whimsical surreal comedy. In association with Playwrights' Arena (USA).
August 1-25 at 2.30pm.

Blowing It by Stephen Sinclair. Wildman Room, Assembly Rooms
Gritty Kiwi comedy. An undercover cop gets hooked on dope and his life goes to pot. A brilliant award-winning performance from Stephen Papp. "Moral dilemmas on the comic boil. It'll blow you away". (NZ Daily News). In association with Company Gavin Robertson.
August 1-25 at 3.05pm.

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. St George's Street West, Shandwick Place (in association with Assembly)
Guy Masterson's celebrated tour-de-force stunningly revamped. Award winning composer Matt Clifford's score vividly enhances Dylan Thomas' genius and Masterson's virtuosity. Sponsored by Patricia and Richard Burbage.
August 1-25 at 4.00pm.

The Story of Funk by Dai Henwood. Edinburgh Suite, Assembly Rooms
Award-winning Kiwi rise and fall(s) of kick-ass wrestler P-Funk Chainsaw (and friends) in a side-splitting, inspirationally true (!) story. "A born performer, expect great things! (NZ Capital Times) In association with Carlad Productions (NZ).
August 1-25 10.30pm.

Dylan Thomas: Return Journey. Music Hall, Assembly Rooms
Bob Kingdom's legendary Fringe First winning tour-de-force directed by Anthony Hopkins. Kingdom rekindles Dylan's electrifying presence.
August 18 only at 3.15pm

Pickle by indian ink. Ballroom, Assembly Rooms
Sublime and ridiculous, simple and profound; Indian Ink bring to you a play about love, death and what's worth preserving. This is the company's first return visit to Edinburgh following their Fringe First winning debut with Krishnan's Diary.
August 2-24 at 11.45am

Monique - A French Affair. Cabaret Bar, Pleasance Courtyard
Introducing music from the great French tradition, both well-known and unknown on UK shores, Barb Jungr directs French songstress Monique's intimate show of classic and contemporary chansons.
August 2-16 at 4.10pm and August 17-25 at 1.20pm.

The Typographer's Dream by Adam Bock. Pleasance
Is what you are who you really are or are you what you do? Adam Bock's subtle, stylish play brings three thirty-somethings together to find out. This European premiere from the author of Fringe 2002 hit, Swimming in the Shallows, discovers what dreams are truly made of. Directed by Owen Lewis. Presented by Martin Sutherland and James Seabright for Bright Choice Productions.
July 30-August 25 at 5.10pm.

Thick by Rick Bland. Jongleurs 2
Three performers, 12 characters in this kitsch, unpredictable black comedy about a simple man, non-alcoholic gin and his family secret. A bitterly funny, painfully tender tale of innocence and hope by Jerry Springer - The Opera's Rick Bland. Directed by Mark Bruce. Design consultant Julian Crouch.
August 1-25 at 4pm

No Fear Devised by Gavin Marshall and Linda Marlowe. Edinburgh Suite, Assembly Rooms
On the eve of her 100th birthday, the world's oldest wire walker looks back at her many careers of daring divorcee, Raunchy rock chick, undercover operator, Amazonian adventurer, manic mother and professional free spirit. Based entirely on events in her own life Linda Marlowe follows up her highly acclaimed Berkoff's Women and Diatribe of Love with this new solo piece including music and a trapeze.
August 2-25 at 12.00.

Partly It's about Love, Partly It's about Massacre by Jacqueline Linke. Edinburgh Suite, Assembly Rooms
Australia's Jacqueline Linke (pictured above) follows up her award-winning Often I Find That I am Naked with a new laughter-laced, blood soaked chapter in the life of contemporary femme fatale Jezebel. A gorgeous, multi-media staging of the history of a relationship, presented by Savage Wit. Click here for more details...
August 1-25 at 3.10pm.

Only the Lonely by Pip Utton. Komeida at Roman Lodge
Following his massive success with Adolf, writer and performer Pip Utton returns with his new play, a funny and tragic tale of the perils of a lookalike tribute singer. Redundancy, divorce and a drunken karaoke leads to one man entering the murky world of tribute bands. After a false start as Dennis Roussos he pursues a career as Troy Orbison.
August 1-25 at 7.45pm.

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