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Amy Blumsom previews the ones to watch at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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Arrest that poet! spoken word

Spoken word isn't everyone's cup of tea but with such a wealth of talent at the Fringe, it would be a waste to miss out on the full experience. Storytelling meets poetry in Danny Chivers' 'darkly funny true tale of rhyming and rebellion.'
Venue: Stafford Centre
Date: 2-13 August



Avenue Qavenueq

Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group tackle everyone's favourite puppet-based musical. The Tony Award winner navigates sex, racism and sexuality, and somehow manages to leave you feeling good.
Venue: Paradise in Augustines
Date: 2-10 August





Hypnotist Theatre offer a devised adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tales to explore themes of childhood and memory. It looks disturbing, but is definitely one to watch.
Venue: C venues - C too
Date: 31 July - 16 August


Adventures of The Singing Acupuncturist

Its not entirely clear how singing and acupuncture have come together, or what this performance will entail, but we're intrigued to find out. Olivia Rhee gives a one woman show about her life so far.
Venue: Just the Tonic at The Mash House
Date: 1-24 August


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York's Comedy Soc

York's own Comedy Soc is sending two acts to the Fringe this year. The Shambles will be braving the paid festival, and also performing a free sketch show - Present and Correct: Now Recruiting.
Venue: Surgeon's Hall and Sportsters Bar
Date: 1-23 August



Back of the Bus

An innovative show and a potential ride home after- what more could you want? Fresh from sell-out shows in Australia and New Zealand, watch as dancers propel themselves across a classic red bus. Well worth going if only to marvel at how it slipped past Health and Safety.
Venue: Assembly George Square Gardens
Date: 4-21 August


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Ernest; or much ado about muffins

Perhaps its just the excellent use of pun, or the poster of Oscar Wilde holding a muffin, but this musical interpretation of The Importance of Being Ernest has caught our interest and looks set to capture the wit of Wilde.
Venue: C Venues - C Cubed
Date: 31 July - 25 August

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