International Creativity - Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This entry was posted on 16th June 2011

Ordinarily, to watch to your favourite entertainers performing whichever art they do best, whether it be acting, dancing, comedy or any other form of entertainment; you would turn on your television, put in a DVD if necessary, maybe even lower the light levels with some Controliss Remote Control Window Blinds to enhance the experience. But to witness a truly unique showing of their talents, you may be able catch their appearance at the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The three week Edinburgh Festival Fringe started as a result of eight theatre groups arrival, without invitation, at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1947. The groups managed to get their shows on the stage, despite not being previously scheduled, which influenced other performers to turn up in the years that followed. In 1959, the Festival Fringe Society was created to try to provide better arrangements for the increasing numbers of unexpected performers by providing information for artists, publishing a programme and creating a central box office for the Festival Fringe. The current line-up for the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe includes over 2,500 shows carried out by around 21,000 performers, so there is sure to be something for anyone interested in joining the thousands of people who buy the tickets to these shows. The talent incorporated in the line-up includes the 2009 Britain's Got Talent finalists: Flawless,  who will, no doubt, deliver a incredible dance performance; comedians Al Murray, who will be staging a live version of his Dave TV quiz 'Compete for the Meat' and Arthur Smith, who will host a show where he is sober but his guests are drunk; as well as the return of Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee. An interesting first appearance for the festival is that of Hollywood phenomenon John Malkovich, who will put together and direct a theatrical piece on the life and works of playwright Harold Pinter. Entitled 'A Celebration Of Harold Pinter', the play will also feature Julian Sands, another actor who has worked with Harold Pinter in the past. With additional renowned performers such as Ricky Gervais, Phil Jupitus, Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Russell Kane confirmed in the Festival Fringe programme, the box office may just be on track to beating last year's show ticket sales which were recorded to have been close to 2 million.

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