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10 strangest Edinburgh Fringe venues

The Edinburgh Fringe, which runs from 7 to 31 August, features 34,265 performances of 2,098 shows in 265 venues across the city. Here is a selection of some of the strangest venues.


1 A PUBLIC TOILET
Public toilets at St James Centre

The public toilets at the rear of the St James Shopping Centre are described in the Fringe programme as an "intimate and unusual" venue.

It is billed as a production of Waiting for Godot which brings Beckett to the bogs.

Pay £5 and watch a "burst of early evening toilet humour" from the nod/nod theatre company.

2 A FUDGE SHOP
The Fudge Kitchen - Edinburgh

If you ever wanted to listen to comedy and smell the sweet aroma of sugar-based confectionery, then this is for you.

Patch Hyde and Adam Tempest host a comedy club in The Fudge Kitchen on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

Two stand-ups and free fudge for all, as well as a multi-media exploration of what it takes to be a top fudgeman.

3 SOMEONE'S FLAT
Holly's House

The venue for the show At Home with Holly is, sensibly enough, Holly's House.

Ring the doorbell on a basement flat in Edinburgh's New Town at 1507 BST and Holly Burn will take you on a comedy tour of her house.

Follow Holly from cooker to bath and be prepared to do your own dishes.


4 A RESTAURANT

The B'Est restaurant on Drummond Street is the location for two shows. The Faulty Towers Dining Experience invites you to enjoy a three-course meal with Basil, Sybil and hopeless waiter Manuel.

While the Most Important Show of the Day has fitness guru Richard Simms dispensing health advice while you enjoy breakfast.

5 A BAR
Barony bar

Scottish theatre company Gridiron, who did a previous show in a playground, take their latest show Barflies - adapted from stories by Charles Bukowski - to the Barony Bar.

The play looks at the pains and glories of drunkenness. Drink included in the price of the ticket.


6 CYBERSPACE

Award-winning performance artist Mikhail Tank presents Soul Photography: A Virtual One Man Show. His show will be live streamed via the internet.

7 A 'MYSTERY' ISLAND

The Bitter Belief of Cotrone the Magician is performed on a mystery island, about 25 minutes by boat from Newhaven Docks.

8 A CANAL BARGE

A 60ft widebeam barge at Edinburgh Quay is the location for an aquatic performance of the 3 Sisters, on a voyage Checkov never let them take.

9 MINING MUSEUM

The Lady Victoria Colliery will host Ae Fond Kiss, a lively journey through the life of Robert Burns - as well as a children's version of Treasure Island.

10 A SWIMMING POOL
swimming pool

The pool of the Apex International Hotel hosts a nightly water-based theatre production, including Ophelia (Drowning).

The play is inspired by Sir John Everett Millais' 1852 painting entitled Ophelia, depicting the character from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

It is performed by the Three Bugs Fringe Theatre company


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