Since the various free festivals (yes, there are many different free fests all competing in Edinburgh) were set up in the mid-’90s, the number of shows has swelled to unfeasible proportions. It’s now overwhelmingly big and, if we’re totally honest, there’s a lot of shit to sift through to find the gold.
So, here are ten shows we recommend and, of course, donations are strongly encouraged at all. In fact, the ‘Heroes of Fringe’ strand have come up with a new scheme: either turn up and pay what you think the show was worth or, to guarantee entry, you can buy a ticket for a fiver in advance. Sounds fair to us.
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