Edinburgh Fringe: 12 of the best hot ticket shows

Pamela Stephenson Connolly stars in Brazouka, with Braz dos Santos and Gilson Damasco
Pamela Stephenson Connolly stars in Brazouka, with Braz dos Santos and Gilson Damasco
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What to see at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Brian Ferguson picks 12 of the hottest tickets from this year’s programme.

Glen Matlock - I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol, George Square Gardens: The 57-year-old, who was the bassist and a founder member of the iconic rockers, recounts their dramatic rise and fall, and performs his own music.

The Trial of Jane Fonda, Assembly Rooms: Hollywood star Anne Archer makes her fringe debut at the age of 66 as she steps into the shoes of fellow actress Jane Fonda for a powerful drama recall the latter star’s anti-Vietnam War campaigning.

Whose Live Show Is It Anyway?, McEwan Hall: Clive Anderson will be reunited with a host of stars from the hit Channel Four improvisational comedy show for its first ever live incarnation.

The Pure, The Dead and The Brilliant, Assembly Rooms: Writer Alan Bissett scored the best Fringe publicity stunt, and much controversy, after part of his pro-independence play was performed at the SNP conference before Alex Salmond’s speech. Actress Elaine C Smith heads up the cast.

Cuckooed, Traverse: Mark Thomas, one of Britain’s most powerful political comedians, turns deadly serious in a new one-man show about how he discovered a friend was spying on him on for Britain’s biggest arms manufacturer.

Paxo, Pleasance: Veteran broadcaster Jeremy Paxman will have said his goodbyes to Newsnight audiences by the time he makes his festival debut, which promises “a little insight into the enigmatic Mr Paxman and what makes him tick.”

Return to the Voice, St Giles’ Cathedral: One of the city’s most spectacular and historic venues hosts the biggest ever celebration of Gaelic on the Fringe, staged by one of Poland’s leading theatre companies.

Brazouka, Assembly Hall: Four decades after his own debut, Billy Connolly’s wife Pamela joins forces with former Strictly Come Dancing host Arlene Phillips for a spectacular new Brazilian dance show.

Dame Diana Rigg, Assembly Checkpoint: The 75-year-old Avengers, Game of Thrones and James Bond star will be turning the tables on the critics, with a show exploring the worst theatrical reviews in history and celebrating the actors who survived them.

Peter Howson, Summerhall: The 100th anniversary of the First World War will be marked with an exhibition of the work created by the celebrated Scottish painter from his time as an official war artist in Bosnia. Howson will also be painting English actor Steven Berkoff while he performs in a new one-man show.

Forgotten Voices, Pleasance: A century on from the start of the great conflict, real-life testimonies from the front line, which were recorded by the Imperial War Museum in 1972, will be brought to the stage in a new play based on Max Arthur’s best-selling book.

Bloody Trams, Traverse: After a short run earlier this year, director Joe Douglas has already boarded the transport system to seek out new views for his verbatim theatre show, which will also include up-to-date stories from festival visitors.