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Standard Issue at the Fringe: Part One

As the curtain comes up on thousands of shows in Edinburgh, we thought we’d put a spotlight on our lovely contributors who will be taking a lot of bows over the next month. There’ll be more on Monday.

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(Clockwise from top left:) Pippa Evans, The Guilty Feminist, Sooz Kempner, Taylor Glenn, Rachel Parris, Laura Lexx, Juliet Meyers, the Austentatious cast.

As well as booking our own threesome of dates at the world’s biggest arts festival, we’re also very proud to be associated with a crowd of top and very talented women who are going to be taking to their own stages around Edinburgh all throughout August.

We thought it might be useful for anyone heading Fringewards to gather up some details of shows by and involving Standard Issue contributors so you know where to find them.

Taylor GlennTaylor Glenn: A Billion Days of Parenthood
Where is it?
Just the Tonic at the Caves
When is it?
9.20pm, 4-28 (not 15) August
What’s it all about?
In Taylor’s own words: “A Billion Days of Parenthood is an honest, unflinching and delightfully dark standup show about my experience of becoming a mother, from life before pregnancy to the present day. It tackles in part my experience with postnatal depression and finds humour in the never-ending journey of parenthood.
“It has resonated with parents and non-parents alike and picked up a five-star review at the Brighton Fringe.”
Get tickets here.
@taylorglennUK
#aBillionDaysofParenthood

Laura Lexx: Tyrannosaurus Lexx
Where is it?
The Attic, The Mash House, Guthrie Street
When is it?
2.20pm, 4-28 (not 15) August
What’s it all about?
Evolution is tricky – just ask the dinosaurs. Last year, Chortle Awards 2016 nominee Laura evolved into a full-time wife and comedian. It didn’t quite go as planned. Following her debut Lovely, Laura aims her trademark comedy kaleidoscope at marriage, feminism, identity and the grinning idiots that built Stonehenge. Indulge in a whirlwind celebration of everything that’s right about slowly turning into your mother and everything that’s wrong with town criers.
Get tickets here.
@lauralexx

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Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Featuring: Cariad Lloyd, Rachel Parris and Amy Cooke-Hodgson
Where is it?
Udderbelly, George Square
When is it?
1.30pm, 5-21 August
What’s it all about?
The sell-out Regency hit returns! Austentatious is back in Edinburgh for a special limited run. As the title suggests, the cast will be improvising a new Jane Austen work, based on a single audience suggestion.
Previous masterpieces include Sixth Sense and Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark.
Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment; swooning is guaranteed.
Get tickets here.
@AustenImpro

ed - Juliet MeyersJuliet Meyers: This Flipping Rescue Dog Has Ruined My Life
Where is it?
Southside Social, 42-44 Buccleuch St
When is it?
2.30pm, 4-14 August
What’s it all about?
Both Juliet and her clingy, overly-sensitive rescue dog have issues. One of his is he can’t be left so he has to come on stage with Juliet, while she does standup and storytelling about unconditional love, anxiety and being a wolf.
Get tickets here.
@julietmeyers

Pippa Evans: Same Same But Different
Where is it?
Bannerman’s Bar, 202 Cowgate
When is it?
1.45pm, 6-28 (not 20-21) August
What’s it all about?
It’s another classic Pippa Evans show: songs, jokes and utter, utter joy.
Get tickets here.
@IAmPippaEvans

Deborah Frances-White and Sofie Hagen: The Guilty Feminist
Where is it? The Gilded Balloon Teviot, Bristo Square
When is it?
4pm, 15-17 and 22-24 August
What’s it all about? Live recordings of the hugely popular comedy podcast about all the things 21st-century feminists agree on and the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears which undermine them.
Get tickets here.
www.guiltyfeminist.com
@DeborahFW
@SofieHagen

Kiri Pritchard-McLeanKiri Pritchard-McLean: Hysterical Woman
Where is it?
The Pleasance Courtyard
When is it?
6pm, 3-29 (not 15) August
What’s it all about? Over to Kiri: “It’s an unadvisedly ambitious debut show trying to tackle issues of systemic sexism, racism and the psychology of oppression and still trying to be funny. Fingers crossed I don’t commit an accidental hate crime.”
Get tickets here.
@kiripritchardmc

Sooz Kempner: A Bit of a Character
Where is it?
Just the Tonic at The Caves
When is it?
4pm, 4-14 and 16-28 August
What’s it all about? Following last year’s Character Activist, Sooz is back with four more characters/figments of her imagination for you to meet. She is really showing that she can do different accents, wear wigs and even write and perform songs in this multi-character extravaganza.
Legal disclaimer: the character Malcolm Dempster is not based on any person, living or dead. Certainly not her estranged father.
Get tickets here.
@SoozUK

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans
Where is it?
Pleasance Dome
When is it?
6.50pm, 3-28 August
What’s it all about? Rachel Parris (Austentatious, The IT Crowd, Murder in Successville) presents a collection of songs, stories and standup about not having it all.
No house, husband, child, wage? No problem!
Get tickets here.
@rachelparris

Read part two of our Fringe round-up here.

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