Edinburgh Festivals Daily Guide - 19 August

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Actress Elizabeth McGovern hands out fliers on the Royal Mile for her Fringe show Sadie and the Hotheads'. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor/ Alamy Live News

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If the eyes are the gateway to the soul, then it is testament to Olga Kosterina’s ability to convey emotion that she performs much of this stunning solo work wearing a blindfold. For her Fringe debut, the Russian-born performer set out to create what she calls “a solo journey along the path of life” – a piece that would capture a range of human experiences, from basic survival through to feeling victorious, with a sense of growth along the way. Dilemma is the result, and all of this and more shines through.

This is literally trouser-splitting comedy, from an act who shared the tailor of his famously too-tight suits with the PG Tips chimps. Alexei Sayle has been previewing this show for many months, yet still reaches Edinburgh with his passion for stand-up aflame and very much evident, delivering a furiously funny and phenomenal performance for someone who has been out of the game for 17 years.

From the moment Briefs supremo Fez Faanana struts out onto the stage in front of a pink-lit cloud of shimmering feathers, he owns it. He captivates the crowd with a smile, a curled lip or a quick finger-flicking “F*** You”.

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