Edinburgh Fringe Festival has the usual mix of the weird and the wonderful.
Bigger, better and brighter say the organisers.
Weirder, wackier and more off-the-wall, they might add.
As the first full weekend of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe throttles up, the capital’s set to go nuts in August.
A Danish bagpiper and comedian, audiences being taken on magical mystery tours and a comic who can’t talk these are just a few of the bizarre performances on offer.
Travel sickness pills might be required for Holes, a play that whisks the audience away from the city centre to a secret seaside location.
Daniel Rigby performs the show on selected dates between today and August 25.
Want to be IN the action? Then the NoFit State circus should provide thrills aplenty. A bit like Cirque D’Soleil, expect the family-friendly action to be taking place above, behind and all around a standing audience.
It’s one of the highlights at the old Fountain Brewery until August 26.
You can pick your own ending at Choose Your Own Documentary, which is inspired by the Choose Your Own Adventure books of the ’80s.
Audience members decide how the story unfolds by making a choice via remote control at the Gilded Balloon until August 26.
Lost Voice Guy, Lee Ridley, is one of the most unlikely Fringe stars. He’s a comedian at The Stand until August 25 who delivers jokes with a communication device, as he lost his speech when he developed cerebral palsy as a baby.
Danish piper Claus Reiss hopes to show bagpipes are a laughing matter by combining playing with cracking jokes. Claus previously created Sunday Post headlines after setting a world first by skydiving, kilted, while playing. His noisy show will be in The Jekyll and Hyde until August 15.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/zf9y4G23EIcAnd Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks recalls the halcyon days of wrestling. The play brings the two giants back to life at Assembly George Square until August 26.
YOU’RE never too young to dip a toe into the Festival, with Scottish Opera’s Baby O being for anyone from six months old. It’s at Paterson’s Land from August 9.
And the Breakfast Club is stand-up comedy for early risers, suitable for all the family. It’s on every Thursday to Sunday at the Assembly Gardens at 11am.
SCOTS star Kevin Bridges will be playing it for laughs at the Edinburgh Comedy Gala 2013, in aid of Waverley Care, at the Edinburgh Playhouse on August 22.
COMEDIAN, novelist and actor Sandi Toksvig returns to the fringe for a limited run of shows until next Sunday. Expect her usual witty evening of stand-up, stories and fascinating facts at the Pleasance Courtyard.
LIKEABLE comedian Jason Manford, a hit in ITV’s Born to Shine, returns to his first love with a new stand-up show, First World Problems, at the EICC from August 20-25.
EVERYBODY’S favourite “stupid boy”, Ian Lavender from Dad’s Army, is in town for The Shawshank Redemption at the Assembly Rooms until August 25.
Radio Scotland’s Fred Macaulay celebrates his silver anniversary of festival appearances with a new show, 25 Fringes, at the Assembly Rooms until August 23.
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