Dundee Fringe 2023: Our highlights

Dundee Fringe runs from 15-24 September 2023.

“In it’s first year, Dundee Fringe delivered a packed programme of 20 plus shows and events. This programme more than doubled in our second volume in 2022, and we cannot wait to welcome artists in making the 2023 Dundee Fringe even more vibrant and exciting!” So, Dundee Fringe is back for 2023 and here are some of our previews and recommendations.

Our Recommended Shows for Dundee Fringe

For some solo theatre rated outstanding by FringeReview, see Jekyll & Hyde: A One-Woman Show

For some highly acclaimed queer horror theatre, see The Rotting Hart: A New Queer Horror.

Onto some theatre that uses physocal theatre and clown ad was highly reviewed at Edfringe, “a solo exploration of class, privilege and inequality”, the get booking for Saskia Solomons in Fool’s Gold

“Mary Brooksbank (1897-1978): poet, jute mill worker, folk singer, social activist, and Dundee legend. Knights Theatre present a poetic exploration of some of the themes of Mary’s life by local writers and performers, with a wee bit of music and maybe even a sing-a-long! Supported by Abertay Historical Society.”. You can enjoy a rehearsed reading in Oh Dear Me: The Inspirational Mary Brooksbank!

If you are looking for an interactive comedy theatre performance with live songs, then get yourself along to Zeit-Heist: More Than A Feeling

If you have never been to a theatre scratch night, you get to see new writing and theatre work at its earliest stages of development with a chance to offer feedback and help the work to develop in its onward journey. Creating Space Dundee: Scratch Night is Dundee Fringe’s offering this year.

Lubna Kerr: Tickbox is “a semi autobiographical one woman play in English and Urdu. Combining theatre and storytelling, sharing the journey of a Pakistani family arriving in Govan and dealing with the discrimination by using food and humour. Lubna plays all the characters in her own engaging style, in her first play.”

Work-in-progress shows are also in evidence at this year’s Fringe and you get to see work as its develops towards a final version. Tell Me Something I Don’t Know looks to be suitably experimental and “is a new, interactive performance in which participants are invited to teach host Kai a new skill in just 50 minutes. From dances to games to drawing to folding a shirt properly, come celebrate the joys and vulnerabilities of teaching and learning!” For further work-in-prgoress shows check out Twixt and The Selkie’s Wife. And for something exploring the use of AI in theatre, Why Do Humans Sing to the Stars? is an audio play that “uses AI voices to tell the story of Jouliette, a highly developed artificial personality”.

Our live music recommendation so far is Arms Against, “a Scottish alternative rock band, with influences including americana, folk, grunge, and much more”

For a “combination of crafted comedy, pure silliness and whimsical improv”, our first comedy choice is Leslie Bloom Solves A Murder. Lovers of detective-comedy mashup, this is for you.

We have recommended this short-joke comedian before. Richard Pulsford: Short Joke Teller was “UK Pun Championships Winner 2022 and Scottish Comedian of the Year Runner-up 2021.”

That’s it for now. We’ll be adding more recommendations and previews in the run up to, and during the Fringe.