Fringe 2011 highlights: Pop, plants and trolleys

Weird and wonderful take to stage...

Royal Botanic Garden – The Simple Things in Life Sheds

Five experiences created in garden sheds around the Botanics, by path-breaking Fuel Theatre.

A Celebration Of Harold Pinter

Hollywood star John Malkowich directs British actor Julian Sands for a play at Pleasance venue celebrating the life and work of writer Harold Pinter.

Cabaret acts

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From vintage songster Lili La Scala, in Songs to Make you Smile, to Australian jazz pianist Ali McGregor in Something Old, Something New, both at Assembly George Square, cabaret has its own section in the Fringe brochure for the first time. Sample shows include The Return of the Pink Sinatras performing classics with a live band and feminist burlesque in Lashings of Ginger Beer Time.

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Playwright David Greig's National Theatre of Scotland hit plays at the Ghillie Dhu venue.

Ten Plagues

Soft Cell singer Marc Almond, right, stars in Traverse Theatre production inspired by the London Plague of 1665 and other epidemics, with libretto by Mark Ravenhill.

David Leddy – Untitled Love Story

Leading Glasgow director, playwright and performer David Leddy returns with a new stage show at Remarkable Arts venue at St George's West.

Sarah Millican - Thoroughly Modern Millican

Rising comedy star plays the main Assembly Halls venue, which also hosts Al Murray's Compete for the Meat.

Tuesdays at Tesco's

Simon Callow appears in a UK adaption of French hit Le Mardi a Monoprix, about love, life and death amongst the shopping trolleys.

What Remains

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Scottish award-winners Grid Iron celebrate their 10th year at the Fringe in the University of Edinburgh Medical School's Anatomy Department.


Jewel in the Crown actor Art Malik performs alongside his daughter in Hywel John's play, about an immigrant's struggle to raise his English-born daughter.

Hannah Ringham's Free Sure Bring Money

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Held in the new Summerhall venue and billed as a replacement for the free-ranging Forest Fringe, which lost its venue this year. In this show the audience decides how much they want to pay.

Federer Vs Murray

Gerda Stevenson in the husband-and-wife play about a Scottish couple wrestling with life's tragedies and an obsession with tennis.

The Edge

The National, at the Corn Exchange, with British band Morcheeba and Newton Faulkner at the Liquid Rooms are part of the August music festival. For the first time music acts are being billed as part of the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in a bid to generate audiences for both music and comedy. Example, Wiz Khalifa, Gomez and The Vaccines, are also in the line-up.

John Peel's Shed

John Osborne tells of his relationship with a box of records won in 2002 on the John Peel Show.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

This children's show by Bootworks Theatre at the Pleasance is a five-minute adaption of the award-winning book with puppetry and project for an audience of two people seated in a pod.