THURSDAY 27 JULY 2023 THISWEEKCULTURE.COM
Edinburgh Festival 2023 kicks off next week! Which means, there will be a bonus extra edition of the TW Weekly bulletin every Thursday for the next few weeks. And that starts right now! But what coverage can you expect? Well...

INTERVIEWS
As always, we will interview loads of people who are performing at this year's Festival. We've been publishing interviews for a few weeks now and you can check out who we have been talking to so far below. New interviews will be going live daily from next week through to the end of the Festival.

THREES TO SEE
Every year ThreeWeeks co-Editor Caro Moses recommends shows to see, tapping into our 27 years covering the Edinburgh Festival, plus our year round coverage of comedy, theatre and culture in London. And those tips always come in handy sets of three. Look out for the first recommendations below, with more going online on the website in the week ahead.

REVIEWS
As Fringe venues start to open next week, the ThreeWeeks review team will be out there checking out shows. Their reviews will appear on the website and in the TW bulletins that come out each Monday and Thursday throughout August.

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  GABBY KILLICK
"There are sketches, characters, songs, one-liners, multiple accents and everything in between. It's chaos. But within the chaos, there is magic - though not actual magic, I'm not a magician!"
     
  DAVID IAN
"If you've ever felt like you're not quite good enough, or you're slightly on the outside of everyone else, then this show is going to speak to you. Plus there's quite a lot of Cher mentions - what's not to love about that?"
     
  LIZ GUTERBOCK
"My show is all about identity, ageing, and finding a sense of belonging in a rapidly changing world - and body. It's a show for anyone who is cool with women getting older, silly voices, reality TV and sincerity".
     
  LOUISE ATKINSON
"It's about friendship; how we express ourselves with our friends; how we can love them but also get so annoyed by them that we'd happily chuck them in a skip given the opportunity. All heartwarming stuff".
     
  CHRIS GRACE
"'Chris Grace: As Scarlett Johansson' addresses diversity in casting, identity, but most importantly it tries to completely solve racism in about 55 minutes, which so far has worked a treat!"
     
  PHIL GREEN
"Being in between Gen X and millennials, I explore how the arrival of the internet and social media, halfway through life, impacted this generation, and how it helps explain my own breakdown about ten years ago".
     
  ELINA ALMINAS
"It took me a while to feel ready to tell the story of not only growing up without a father, but also growing up in the first post-Soviet strip club in Estonia, run by my grandmother during the Russian-mafia ruled 1990s".
ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends shows to see at this year's Edinburgh Festival, in handy sets of three. Look out for more tips going live soon on the website.


FRINGE FIRST TIMERS>>

I've Got Some Things To Get Off My Chest | Gilded Balloon | 2-28 Aug
As you probably know, we always like to pay attention to fresh talent headed to the Festival each year, so it seems fitting to start our Edinburgh tips proceedings by pointing some of it out. This is the debut play from Eva Lily, writer and performer, and it focuses on her experiences of misogyny when attempting to get a breast reduction through the NHS for her 38K chest. Click here for info and tickets.

Wonder Drug: A Comedy About Cystic Fibrosis | Pleasance Courtyard | 4-28 Aug (pictured)
"Charlie has cystic fibrosis, a condition that causes a build-up of mucus. Lovely. But with a new girlfriend and a Wonder Drug called Kaftrio coming soon, what can stop him now? A rollicking course of intravenous antibiotics set to 80s bangers!" Another edfringe debut, and one that's already seen a lot of acclaim following performances at London's Vault Festival and at the King's Head Theatre. Click here for info and tickets.

My Last Two Brain Cells | Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose | 2-27 Aug
This one's another Vault Festival success if I remember correctly, and I suspect lots of people out there are talking about it right now, this minute, as I type this. Meanwhile, you're probably reading this and wondering what exactly this show is, so I should probably have a stab at telling you what to expect: absurdist comedy from a likely duo, telling the story of what happens when disaster strikes in Gary's brain. Click here for info and tickets.


BIOGRAPHICAL MUSICALS>>

Alan Turing - A Musical Biography | Paradise In Augustines | 5-19 Aug
And now for some musicals, in particular a trio that caught my eye because of the fact that they're all about real historical people. I am a fan of the historical, it's fair to say. This one, composed by Joel Goodman and Jan Osborne, with a new script by Joan Greening, takes a look at the life of the extraordinary Alan Turing, who - you will surely know - used his code breaking genius to save millions. Click here for info and tickets.

Fierce | Greenside @ Infirmary Street | 7-12 Aug
This one especially caught my eye because it's about women and I am, of course, a big fan of women. It focuses specifically on a set of women who became famous in their own right, but were held back in their own lifetimes, basically because they were women: Wollstonecraft, Ginsburg, Anning, Kahlo, O'Malley, King and Lovelace. Expect empowering, patriarchy-smashing music. Click here for info and tickets.

Apple Of My Eye | Paradise In The Vault | 5-19 Aug (pictured)
"A divisive character, deemed a genius by some and hated by others. With a cultish following, in the eyes of his fans he could do no wrong whilst in private he could exhibit toxic traits". Yes, it's a one man musical about Steve Jobs, with songs inspired by "his adoption, his use of LSD, the denial of his first daughter and, of course, Apple". So that's intriguing, yes? Click here for info and tickets.


COMEDY SHOWS WITH PUPPETS>>

Charlie Vero-Martin: Picnic | Underbelly Cowgate | 3-27 Aug
Puppets have a long history of being a great complement to comedy, so let's see what we find in this year's Fringe line up, eh? First up is acclaimed Scottish comedian Charlie Vero-Martin with a show about how the planet is melting and life's spinning out of control. Expect "sneaky salamanders, sexy fishies and passive-aggressive pinecones", who try to sabotage her attempts to put things right. Click here for info and tickets.

Lachlan Werner: Voices Of Evil | Pleasance Courtyard | 2-27 Aug (pictured)
"Lachy is a poof and apparently a virgin. Brew is a small, squishy witch, and she has decided to sacrifice him. To help with his self-esteem". Ventriloquist, clown and live artist Lachlan Werner is a rising star whose, um, rise, I have been watching with interest elsewhere, but this is his Edinburgh debut, so, yes, this could have been in a different section. It's not though, because puppets. Expect queer subversion of the horror genre. Click here for info and tickets.

Bill's 44th | Underbelly Cowgate | 3-27 Aug
The previous two tips in this section were from the comedy programme, and this one is not, but it is a piece of funny theatre: a poignant, surreal tragicomedy for grown-ups featuring "puppetry, raucous balloons, and a cheeky piece of crudité that collide to examine the pitfalls of impatience, the wonder of loneliness, and the universal passage of time". Click here for info and tickets.
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