Edinburgh theatre Critics‘ Choice

Time Out's deputy theatre editor Rachel Halliburton picks her Fringe favourites

  • 1 Black Watch

    Every bit as good as the hype suggests. Gregory Burke’s play based on interviews with members of the famous Scottish regiment about their time in Iraq is brought alive in a powerful physical production by the National Theatre of Scotland.Traverse 4, 0131 228 1404

    2 Improbable Frequency

    Exquisite World War II drama involving John Betjeman, Schrodinger (minus the cat) and a hotshot crossword-puzzle-solver-turned spy. Irish company Rough Magic turns in a slyly witty production that looks as if it’s leapt straight out of a picture book: sharply clever and with some of the funniest lines to be heard in Edinburgh this year. Traverse, 0131 228 1404

    3 Metamorphoses

    Young company Black Lens have created an enchanting production around a swimming-pool based on Ovid’s 'Metamorphoses'. Sweet Grassmarket, 0870 241 1001

    4 The Receipt

    Perrier-winner Will Adamsdale and soundman Chris Branch present a bracingly intelligent absurdist comedy about a man searching for humanity in a city drowning in corporate-speak. Assembly Rooms, 0131 226 2428

    5 Ketzal

    The famous St Petersburg clown troupe creates images of apocalyptic beauty in a mesmerising show that redefines the way we look at the human body.Aurora Nova, 0131 558 3853

    6 Food

    A satirical piece focusing on a chef who wins three Michelin stars, and then realises that the only way is down. Enjoyable physical theatre from theatre company theimaginarybody.Traverse Theatre, 0131 228 1404

    7 Talk Radio

    Though I’m not a fan of films turned into plays, this production - based on Eric Gagosian’s movie about a shock jock, directed by Stewart Lee, and starring Phil Nichol – certainly shines an entertaining and intelligent light onto the American mentality today.Udderbelly, 0870 745 3083

    8 The Sperm Monologues

    Despite the crass name, an often funny and occasionally touching piece about the messages men would like to give to the child resulting from their donation when they reach their eighteenth birthdays.Udderbelly, 0870 745 3083

    9 Particularly in the Heartland

    Fringe First winner - a wonderful idiosyncratic picture of America, which includes Dorothy from 'The Wizard of Oz' and Bobby Kennedy. The storytelling defies logic, but just let yourself be carried along on this funny surreal journey. Traverse Theatre, 0131 228 1404

    10 Into The Hoods

    Much feted hip-hop version of Stephen Sondheim's 'Into The Woods.'Udderbelly, 0870 745 3083

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