Top shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Last Fringe, BBC Arts and Avalon joined forces to get four celebrities to pen debut plays. The results were mostly bad, but this new batch does look better. ‘Anguis’ is probably the most hotly anticpated, coming as it does from Olivier-winning actor and general polymath Sheila Atim. Concerning ‘an imagined conversation between the great pharaoh Cleopatra and a contemporary immunologist’, it’s is about the our responsibility towards the truth in the post-truth era.
There is obviously a decent chance that this will be terrible, but screw it: ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’ is indeed adapted from Belle & Sebastian’s 1996 album of the same name, and features all your favourite songs, apparently woven into a story about two bookish types trying to pull off a bank heist. Adapted by Eve Nicol, it might in fact be quite good and even if it's not you can have a lingalong to ‘Judy and the Dream of Horses’.
In a Fringe weirdly stuffed with true crime shows, this looks like one of the best: London’s New Diorama Theatre takes you inside the Millgarth Incident Room in Leeds, 1975, the epicentre of the biggest police manhunt in UK history – to track down the Yorkshire Ripper.