A Care Experienced Guide to The Edinburgh Fringe

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It’s that time of year again, when Edinburgh becomes a melting pot for unicycle-riding, chainsaw-brandishing clowns, eager fringe firsts and some of the biggest names in comedy. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival will take place this year from the 3rd to the 29th of August. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a huge arts festival that brings together artists from all over the world to showcase their talents. The festival has something for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. We thought we would share our Care Experienced Fringe highlights that cover everything from kinship care to brave biographical monologues about running away from home as a teenager.

If you are able to go and see any of these shows, we would love to hear what you think and would like to include your review in the next issue of our SpeakOut magazine. Additionally, if you see anything else care related that you would like to recommend to members get in touch and we can add it to this list.

You can get in touch by emailing us at comms@whocaresscotland.org.

About Money

By 65% Theatre at Summerhall
From 3-14, 16-21 and 23-28th of August

Fast-food worker Shaun is your average 18-year-old boy. He likes music, video games and getting stoned. He’s also the sole carer to his eight-year-old sister, Sophie. Without enough money for childcare and under pressure from an unsympathetic boss, he’s forced to make decisions that could have devastating consequences. Drawn from interviews with young kinship carers and inspired by the McDonald’s strikes of 2018, this Glasgow drama is about family, love and friendship in a world where the lack of money threatens all three.

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Cassie & The Lights

By Patch of Blue at Underbelly
From the 4-15th and 17-28th of August

Can kids be parents? When Cassie’s mother disappears, the teenager wants to care for her sisters on her own. Is she the right person to be a parent now, or should she let foster parents adopt her sisters and create a new family? Based on real-life events and interviews with children in care and with live music, Cassie and the Lights examines our ideas of what makes a family.

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Half-Empty Glasses

By Paines Plough & Rose Theatre Kingston at Summerhall
From the 3rd to the 29th of August

Toye is preparing for his piano exam to get into a prestigious music school. He’s doing it for the contacts, the opportunity, the love of art. But when he notices the lack of Black British history in his school’s curriculum, he begins to question himself and the world around him. Is this really his dream, or is he letting these institutions write his story?

He starts offering his own school lessons on Black cultural icons, but he quickly discovers that maybe not everyone wants Black history to be celebrated…

An empowering new play by Channel 4 bursary winner Dipo Baruwa-Etti about the pressures of being young, gifted and ready to change the world.

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Runaway Princess: A Hopeful Tale of Heroin, Hooking and Happiness

By Mary Goggin at Greenside @ Infirmary Street
From the 5-13, 15-20 and 22-27th of August

Once upon a time, there was a Princess born to a King and Queen who were banished from the island of Ériu and forced to flee to America in a coffin ship. Former New York City call girl Mary Goggin shares the true, award-winning story of her Irish Catholic trauma, alcoholism, drug addiction and prostitution. The multitude of characters she encounters in her journey from utter darkness to absolute joy, spring to life in this one-woman tour de force. Performed with dark humour, unflinching honesty and pathos.

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