THURSDAY 3 AUGUST 2023 THISWEEKCULTURE.COM
Edinburgh Festival 2023 is here! Which means, every Thursday there is a bonus extra edition of the TW Weekly bulletin with all our latest Fringe coverage, including...

INTERVIEWS
We are busy talking to loads of great people who are performing great shows at the Festival this year, with new Q&As going live daily. Check out the latest below.

THREES TO SEE
Caro is still recommending shows to see at this year's Festival in handy sets of three. Read the latest tips below and look out for more on the website this weekend.

REVIEWS
The review team is out and about checking out shows right now. Look out for their reviews going live on the website in the next few days.

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  BIG TOBACCO
"We wanted the show to be a high pressure fire hose of as many jokes as we could cram in. And what better vehicle for that than the story of a family reuniting after being torn apart by war, incarceration and lies?"
     
  CERYS BRADLEY
"A lot of what I do is storytelling, but I really like audience interaction, so try to have as much of that as possible, often in ways that allow the audience to determine how the show will go".
     
  NIGEL MILES THOMAS
"The play tells the story of Sherlock Holmes who - now retired and living in Sussex - returns to London for the funeral of Dr Watson ... he recalls their wonderful adventures and also reveals a shocking secret".
     
  ANNIE LUX
"I hope the audience will come away with a deeper appreciation for Dorothy Parker, both as a writer and as a very human woman, and that they'll be inspired to read more of her work".
     
  JULIETTE BURTON
"My brain hasn't worked as well as I'd like it to. A couple of years ago, at yet another major malfunction moment, I realised I had to fix this once and for all. It's a rebuild show - rebuilding a brain, a life, a world".
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.


ANNIVERSARY SHOWS>>

Luke Wright's Silver Jubilee | Pleasance Dome | until 15 Aug (pictured) 
Yes, it's time for some anniversary celebrations with some of our very favourite people, all of whom we've actually been celebrating for years. If you're a regular reader, you'll know that we frequently talk about the talented Luke Wright, and we are pleased (if a little shocked at how quickly time passes) to see him marking the Silver Jubilee of his involvement with the "literary frontline". Expect seriously great poems. Click here for info and tickets.

Eva Cassidy Celebrating 60 Years | theSpace @ Surgeons Hall | 5-25 Aug (odd dates only)
Elsa Jean McTaggart is another TW favourite, one whose work we have experienced and loved many times at the Edinburgh Festival. So much so that she's been a recipient of one of our ThreeWeeks Editors' Awards. Anyway, here she's performing a special tribute to Eva Cassidy, singing songs featured on 'I Can Only Be Me', a posthumous album, released earlier this year on what would have been Cassidy's 60th birthday. Click here for info and tickets.

Black Is The Colour Of My Voice | Pleasance at EICC | 14-19 Aug
Yet another lament over the passing of time: I can't believe it was 2014 when we first heard about 'Black Is The Colour Of My Voice', and did a Q&A with its creator and performer Apphia Campbell. This excellent solo show inspired by the life of Nina Simone returns to Edinburgh to celebrate its tenth birthday, but it's only a short run, so don't rest on your laurels, get yourself booked in ASAP. Click here for info and tickets. 


CLIMATE CHANGE STUFF>>

Ted Hill: Tries And Fails To Fix Climate Change | Assembly George Square | until 27 Aug
You can always trust the Edinburgh Fringe to throw up lots of work related to topical events, and this year is no exception, of course. I've found quite a few shows that are either completely focused on the topic of climate change or have it as one of a number of themes. I've picked three (though it was tough - they all look great) and this - a comedy pick - is the first. Expect silliness and graphs. Click here for info and tickets.

Chrissie And The Skiddle Witch | Greenside @ Riddles Court | 14-19 Aug
Next up is a musical, and it's aimed at older children aged eight and over, which is a great thing, honestly, because so often it's hard to find stuff that will appeal to the pre-teen age group. Anyway, this is about thirteen year old Chrissie, a young climate change campaigner surrounded by unconcerned family; fortunately she meets a strange old lady who turns out to be an unexpected ally. Click here for info and tickets.

Alone | Assembly George Square Studios | 4-28 Aug
"In the deep reaches of space, two scientists have made a potentially monumental discovery, but will they be able to make it count? Will their faith in science or an almighty allow them to hold the ship together long enough to bring this seed of life back to a dying planet?" An award winning sci-fi drama about feminism, climate change and David Bowie. And like many good things, it's from New Zealand. Click here for info and tickets.


THREE SHOWS DEALING WITH GRIEF>>

Help Yourself | Summerhall |until 27 Aug (pictured)
Yes, yes, I know, this is possibly not the most cheerful choice for a set of tips, but honestly, there is cheery, hopeful, resonant stuff to be had here. And this particular show, from the theatre section, is a comedic piece exploring the real issues of self care, grief and friendship. "Have you ever wanted to make someone stop crying and just shut up? Then our 'Help Yourself' seminar is for you!" Click here for info and tickets.

Good Grief: Five Deserts In Search Of My Father | Hill Street Theatre | 4-27 Aug
So, you see it's not all bad, is it? After all, this one has a bit of a pun in the name, and though it's poignant, it also promises to be personal and funny. Writer and musician Jon Lawrence walked 500km over five deserts - Sahara, Rangipo, Wadi Rum, Atacama and Mojave -  to grieve for his father and raise money for charity. And here, he tells his story. Click here for info and tickets.

Grown Up Orphan Annie | Gilded Balloon Patter House | until 27 Aug
Another one listed under theatre, but also described as dark comedy, and which also serves up optimism, songs and animal sidekicks alongside the promised element of grief. I confess that this show from Katherine Bourne Taylor caught my eye because of youthful memories of Little Orphan Annie, but I'm definitely prepared to take a look at Grown Up Annie's cool celebrity lifestyle. Click here for info and tickets.
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