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Edinburgh Fringe Keyword Chaos

Words, words, words …

  

We experimented with this show-finding tool at Edinburgh Fringe a few years and got some positive feedback.

The FringeReview team are collecting together short phrases from shows’ listings in the Fringe programme or their press releases.

All the shows below are recommended as worth seeing by FringeReview but not based on reviews and PR – simply based on some intuition from the words, words, words… so bw warned but also be inspired.

All you have to go on is the phrase that leapt out at us. Which ones leap out at you? Scroll over the phrase and follow the link to reveal the show and, perhaps, follow that gut instinct and book a ticket


“Imagine if Bette Midler and Liberace had a love child…”

“They’ve come from the future to test the limits of masculinity and decency.”

“Fatherhood. A fatal canoe accident. ‘Who are we now, we don’t have kids? A couple come face-to-face with the powerlessness of parenthood.”

“‘It was enormous, what I did. What else could I have achieved that would have received so much attention?”

“Step into this unassuming Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where twisted storytelling and spectacular circus skills are shaken and stirred, with one part dark comedy, one part serenity and three parts hostility, hilarity and honesty.”

“the incredible flight of a marsh warbler, the world’s only bird whose song echoes its migration route.”

“potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato… you racist.”

“Survivors on a desert island, siblings in their mother’s attic, magicians preparing a new show.”

“Fatherhood. A fatal canoe accident. ‘Who are we now, we don’t have kids? A couple come face-to-face with the powerlessness of parenthood.”

“a total butthead, a shameless libertine and the greatest swordsman the world has ever seen. The grotesque love child of Don Juan and Don Quixote takes you on a journey through his conquests, his adventures and every stupid thought in his idiot head.”

“the inner turmoil of a woman as she struggles to meet the impossible expectations of a synthetic voice”

“whether you want to stomp in the swamp or ooze to the Cajun muse”

“A look at what lies beneath, at what really drives us, in the search for truth.”

“Trapped in a TV box world, Po is on a quest to retrieve his one and only worldly possession, his optimistic hat. But, mislead by the noise and temptations of modern life, can he break free from the soundtrack society has written for his life and hear the music once more?”

“An ex-SNP politico, a bible-wielding American mom and JK Rowling walk into a… race to stop Milosz, Eurovision-winner and high-profile gay fascist.”

“our heroes twirl, twitch and tango away from enemy agents, MI6 and the truth”

“An oppressive way of life dominates. Two men are alone. Intimate. They are ambushed. There’s a struggle. One escapes. The other is taken away, interrogated, imprisoned and punished. They refuse to be separated and fight to be together. Fight to be free. To love. To Prevail”

“Then, the night before his 12th birthday, disaster strikes.”

“This man, part-mime, part-clown, navigates between laughter and tears as he plays in a world of contradictions. Just as we face challenges while looking for our place in life, his journey holds up the mirror to our tribulations. Open a door, however, and your destiny might change.”

“an hour of magic, music and elephants.”

“All you need is a camera, an internet connection and something to say.”

“The bearded funny man reimagines spiritual practices in a secular way, adding a dose of jokes, to concoct events that will reawaken, refresh, and revive your soul.”

“Anonymous meeting where twisted storytelling and spectacular circus skills are shaken and stirred, with one part dark comedy, one part serenity and three parts hostility, hilarity and honesty”

“A group of Edinburgh residents, carers and health professionals are invited to audition for a new play which examines their experiences of seeking and providing care in the NHS.”

“Today, Eva has the gig of all gigs, and James has to stop her, because this time all the jokes are about him”

“A flipbook might look like an ordinary but unusually shaped book, but appearances can be deceptive. Open it, flip its pages and you’ll see a miniature movie. In Germany, home of Volker Gerling, the word for flipbook is Daumenkino – literally thumb-cinema.”

“aiming to eventually die penniless, buying a house where someone has just been murdered, fondly remembering Sean Hughes, no sex, no swearing, no picking on the audience, no Brexit.”

“A mad inventor applies logic to the absurd and abstract. Distant memories, ideas and images smash together. Surreal scenes and characters push, prod and taunt. We ask: what is irony? Where is sincerity? Who can I believe? Our inventor finds himself in a world where rules have changed and irreverence abounds.”

“New York, 1962. Beat poet Elise Cowen commits suicide and her family incinerates all but eighty-three of her poems. Elise uncovers the story of this extraordinary poet, intertwining her surviving work with dramatised interviews, revealing the thrilling and hedonistic culture of the Beatniks and the oppressive pressures that cut her life short.”

“Cracks begin to show dividing them and audiences alike. Can two wrongs make a right? Meet Edinburgh. See the thorns beneath the rose. Meet the gang”



We are crowd-sourcing these shows too, tapping into the intuition of the Edfringe community.

So tweet us your phrases and the link @fringereview #keywordchaos

We’ll be adding more throughout the Fringe period so do visit this page again.