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We have known for a while that Harriet Dyer is brilliant and she's someone I've been meaning to interview for sometime now. So, you know, I might have chosen to do a Q&A with her this year regardless of the topic of her set. But then, you see, I saw that it was called 'The Dinosaur Show' and - as a bit of a dinosaur fan myself - I just had to find out more.

Though not just about this year's show, of course. I was also interested in the quality stuff she does year round, how she ended up in comedy, why she keeps coming back for the Festival, and what to expect from her in the future. So, I asked her some questions about all that too. Read the interview here.

Harriet Dyer performs The Dinosaur Show at Edinburgh Festival 2019 at Gilded Balloon Patter House from 31 Jul-26 Aug. Listing here.

'Harriet Dyer and Scott Gibson: That's Not a Lizard, That's My Grandmother' is on at Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market from 31 Jul-25 Aug. Listing here.
ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends shows to see at this year's Edinburgh Festival, presented in handy sets of three.


Cantica Alba - Nature's Glory | St Andrew's and St George's West | 25 Aug 

My daughter is a chorister these days (I didn't see that coming, I was used to hearing her sing songs by Little Mix) and as a result I am increasingly addicted to choral music. I mean, I liked it before, but now I more proactively seek it out. So, that being the case, I want some choral music from the old edfringe. And there's loads of it, so don't just rely on my recommendations. Do go to this though, because it's the excellent Edinburgh-based Cantica Alba, who'll be performing a programme of madrigals and partsongs exploring the world of nature in music, including works by Gibbons, Vautor, Delius, Britten and Bob Chilcott. Listing here.

A Cappella Around The World | theSpace on North Bridge | 2-10 Aug (pictured)
Some of the sounds you'll come across at this show by Canadian vocal duo Freeplay might contrast a little with the sounds of Cantica Alba, because judging by the listing info, and indeed the name of the show, they'll be performing a rather diverse programme. Expect New York jazz, UK pop, European classical, Indian ragas and Brazilian samba delivered via the medium of voices and innovative live looping techniques. Listing here.

Orchestre De Paris 2 - Britten's War Requiem | Usher Hall | 24 Aug 
A natural place to go looking for classical music is the Edinburgh International Festival, so that's exactly where I went and, not surprisingly, turned up a number of performances that fit in this chorally-themed set of recommendations. Which one should I choose? No contest, actually, I would most love to get along to this performance of Britten's War Requiem, conducted by Daniel Harding and featuring the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, NYCOS National Girls Choir and soloists Emma Bell, Andrew Staples and Florian Boesch. Listing here.
Eagle eyed readers, and those prepared to do everything we tell them, may remember that in the most recent set of Three To See recommendations we encouraged you to go and see 'Don Juan' at The Other Palace, a show which won critical claim at the old edfringe last year.

We've got a lot of faith in this hugely energetic and party-like piece and its New Zealand based creators A Slightly Isolated Dog. So I thought I would again encourage you to see the show, by talking to cast member Jonathan Price to find out more. Read the interview here.

'Reformation' is on at the White Bear Theatre from 25 Jun-13 Jul, see the venue website here for more.


Moonlight | Arcola Theatre | 22-23 Jul
Hurrah, this week sees the start of the Casa Festival of work made by artists based in Latin America and artists of Latin American heritage based in the U.K. There's lots to see, and I would urge you to take a look at the full line up here, but I am going to start with this, because it sounds fascinating: 'Moonlight' is a dance theatre piece with roots in native Mapuche culture - the indigenous tribes of Argentina and Chile - and tells the story of a young woman who is tracing her ancestry to find out more about her heritage. See this page here for more.

Manuelita | Arcola Theatre | 17 + 20 Jul 
"Revolutionary, proto-feminist, underground spy and the beating heart of South American liberation, Manuela Saenz died in poverty, all but forgotten by the history books — until now". Women who do things are so often ignored by history, or their contributions diminished. it's almost as if the men have been writing it, isn't it? I love seeing shows that bring the doings of historical women into focus, so naturally I'd love to see this. Tamsin Hurtado Clarke brings this story to life through storytelling, physical theatre and comedy, and is accompanied by live music. Details right about here.

Ladylike | Arcola Theatre | 16-20 Jul (pictured)
Another woman-focused show (hurrah), this time a fab sounding dance piece: "Are you a hero? Or feeling a bit chicken? Ladylike is a super-heroines journey that uses hip hop and sexually charged Rumba to take a fierce, frank and funny look at gender roles and face our deepest fears and desires. Themed around the slang word for a woman as 'chick' or 'hen', and based on interviews with young women and female Hip Hop and Latin dancers, Ella Mesma Company has created a new ritual for women to explore consent, the masks we wear, purge cliches and celebrate sisterhood". info here.


Starved | The Hope Theatre | 16 Jul-3 Aug 
"Lad and Lass are on the run. They're squatting in a bedsit on one of Hull's roughest estates and living hand to mouth on a diet of roll-ups, vodka and Cup-a-Soup. Spiralling towards breaking point, they fight and flirt, dream up stories and drag each other down. But caged by circumstance and warped by their own toxic relationship, will they ever be able to escape and survive?" A semi autobiographical play exploring the depths people will go to when "desperate and adrift from society". More here.

Barber Shop Chronicles | Roundhouse | 18 Jul-24 Aug (pictured) 
Back over to The Roundhouse (we were there during last weeks tips) for another selection from the venue's Fades, Braids & Identity series, which comprises theatre, photography, film and spoken word championing Black and Brown artists exploring race, gender and identity. I doubt there's anyone reading this that hasn't heard of this play by Inua Ellams, and you might already have seen it, given it's been on at the National Theatre. But I bet there are at least a few of you out there that haven't, and I urge you to snap up this opportunity to rectify that. Click this link here.

The View Upstairs | Soho Theatre | 18 Jul-24 Aug 

"Millennial fashion designer Wes has just purchased an abandoned building, but little does he know that this forgotten gem was the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, starting an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration in the summertime heat with the rush of lust, sex and incense mixed in the air". A European premiere for this acclaimed musical, and it looks like tickets are going quickly, so head over and get yours booked here.


Bald Black Girls | Roundhouse | 15 Jul-25 Aug
Another pick from Roundhouse's Fades, Braids & Identity season for you now, and this one is an exhibition. 'Bald Black Girls' is the work of poet and visual artist Ruth Sutoyé, who was inspired by her own experiences to examine the lives of bald Black women in London, looking at why they choose to shave their heads, and exploring "perceptions of masculinity, femininity, androgyny, sexuality and how women navigate barbershop dynamics". For more info see this page here.

The Falcon's Malteser | The Vaults | 17 Jul-25 Aug
"A solitary box of Maltesers is delivered by a miniature Mexican, but what's so special about these chocolates that half of London's criminal underworld are willing to kill for them? Tim is the world's worst private investigator, so can the help of his clever younger brother Nick be enough to crack their toughest case yet?" A fantastic adaptation of Anthony Horowitz's novel, which stormed the Edinburgh Fringe a while back, on for most of the summer holidays so if you can't make it this week, then save it for later. Perfect for older kids and their loving parents, see this page here.

Blues In The Night | Kiln Theatre | 18 Jul-7 Sep
A summer revival for this this Tony and Olivier Award nominated musical revue by Sheldon Epps, first staged off Broadway in 1980, and in London's West End later the same decade. Focusing on the lives and loves of four hotel residents, it's full of songs by the likes of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, and Harold Arlen, and stars Sharon D Clarke, Debbie Kurup, Clive Rowe, and Gemma Sutton. Head this way for details.


Scored In Silence | Ovalhouse | 20 Jul

An intimate new solo digital sign mime performance artwork for 40 people, which tells the untold tales of Deaf hibakusha - survivors of the A-Bombs that fell in Hiroshima in 1945 - and their experiences at the time of the blasts, and during the the horrors of the aftermath. It's the work of professional dance artist and BSL art guide Chisato Minamimura, and as well as being performed this month at Ovalhouse, it's headed up north in August for a run as part of the British Council Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase. See this page here for info.

Katie Pritchard: Storm Stud | The Bread & Roses Theatre | 22 Jul 

And talking of Edinburgh, we are getting pretty close to edfringe time now, so I thought perhaps you all might to hear about some Fringe previews taking place in London. For those of you who can't make it to the Scottish capital this summer, or for those of you who can make it, but have already filled every available slot in their show seeing time. Anyway, we'll start with this, a musical comedy show from the award winning and well reviewed Katie Pritchard. Click this link for details and tickets.

Tom Tuck and Tim FitzHigham present MacBeth | The Bill Murray | 20 Jul 

Now, this one isn't actually listed as a preview on the Angel Comedy website, but I know for a fact (because I know an awful lot about what to expect about this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival) that this show is in fact going to be performed at the old edfringe, albeit just for the first week or so. Anyway, this, ahem, "definitive" version of the Bard's great tragedy will be delivered by two of the Fringe's most stalwart, decorated and acclaimed funny people, so frankly, expect to enjoy it. Info here.
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