We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week…
What would you do if a stranger asked you to father her child? If your dad thought dance school turned you gay? If you’d never seen the man behind the mask? A moving and unforgiving tribute by three performers whose faraway fathers might just make an appearance. International company Babakas take inspiration from stand-up comedy, contemporary dance and The Sopranos to tell a story that crosses borders and decades.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 October, 7.30pm, £17 (£14), 0131-228 1404
A Play, a Pie and a Pint: From the Air
Claire’s kids have fled the nest. The hole this leaves in her life brings on a crippling fear of flying. Her fear has bled into most things now. Her life is becoming smaller. Her husband Pete works on the rigs and is due to retire soon. He thinks Claire’s been dealing with her phobia. She’s promised him this time she has. She hasn’t. Fear of flying is just one of the many symptoms threatening this long, fragile marriage.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Tuesday 24 October to Thursday 26 October, 1pm, Friday 27 October, 7pm, £13.50, 0131-228 1404
Rambert brings Itzik Galili’s riotous, colourful, sexy A Linha Curva to Edinburgh. This percussion-fuelled explosion of samba-flavoured dance helped the company win the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2010. This triple bill also includes Goat, a brand new dance theatre creation by rising star Ben Duke, inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone, with a selection of her best-loved songs performed live. Symbiosis is a high velocity celebration of the Rambert dancers’ skills, by internationally acclaimed dance-maker Andonis Foniadakis, with a new score by BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award-nominated composer Ilan Eshkeri. Showing off the full range of the Rambert dancers’ extraordinary skills, and with live music throughout, it’s a fun and thought-provoking evening of world-class dance.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicholson Street, Thursday 26 October to Saturday 28 October, 7.30pm, £23–£28.50, 0131-529 6000
You enter The Lyceum, but take your seats in Germany, 1945 in a provincial playhouse being used as a makeshift transit camp for displaced persons from across the continent.
As the play unfolds around you, British ofﬁcers start to organise convoys for repatriation east and west. But agreement is not so easily achieved: one woman refuses to go West with collaborators; a Polish couple are terrified to travel East with the Russians; a Yugoslav partisan will not leave until he’s confronted a Chetnik hiding backstage. Many have no wish to go ‘home’ at all.
Arguments flare, violence ignites and yet there is also beauty and humanity to be found in the most unexpected places.
This timely revival of a lost classic takes us back to the inception of modern Europe with Boland’s masterful writing deftly illuminating this vital historic moment.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Monday 23 October to Saturday 28 October, various times, £14–£32, 0131-248 4848
Daniel Martinez: The Art of Believing
The Art of Believing is Daniel’s own unique musical production, consisting of 12 talented and professional musicians coming together to create a powerful and exciting Flamenco performance full of heart, passion and feeling. The production hosts a beautiful mix of Flamenco singers, guitarists, percussionists, dancers and a violinist, joining Daniel to create an unmissable Flamenco experience.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Sunday 29 October, 6pm, £18 (£16), 0131-248 4848
Million Dollar Quartet
Million Dollar Quartet is set to rock Edinburgh starring BBC TV’s Let It Shine judge and Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp. Following its success in the West End, Las Vegas and on Broadway, this worldwide smash-hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four star musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis, the studios of legendary record producer Sam Phillips (Martin Kemp), for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Tuesday 24 October to Saturday 28 October, various times, £19.90–£47.40, 0844-871 3014
The Real Thing
Henry is the smartest and sharpest playwright of his generation. His wife, Charlotte, an actress, has been appearing in a play by Henry about a couple whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. When Henry’s affair with Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realises life has started imitating art. But are they really in love? Is it the real thing?
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Tuesday 24 October to Saturday 28 October, various times, £18–£31.50, 0131-529 6000