Edinburgh’s Top 5 Cafes

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It goes without saying that most people enjoy a good cup of jo. Whether it’s to get through the nine to five grind, socializing with friends, or to finish off that Netflix series that was released 5 hours ago; we can all get around a good cup of coffee. So why should this change when we leave our comfort zone and explore the most beautiful cities in the world (*cough* Edinburgh *cough*)? So we thought we would give you our favourite coffee spots in Scotland’s Capital.

Black Medicine Cafe Edinburgh

CAPTION: Black Medicine Cafe Edinburgh

1. Black Medicine

Located near Nicholson Square and underneath Spoon Cafe, – the real birthplace of Harry Potter (find out more in our Harry Potter Blog), Black Medicine is a great place to work, catch up with friends, or just get some alone time. As soon as you walk through the front doors, the timber work used for the tables and chairs looks like something out of Ron Swanson’s garage. This aesthetic really helps to encapsulate the warm fuzzy feeling you want in a cafe. The coffee itself is reasonably priced from £2 to £2.90, and is complimented with a ginger cookie(I personally go for the cookie). The Baristas are inviting and chatty, and the atmosphere is one that makes you enjoy the coffee that much more.

Lovecrumbs Cafe Edinburgh

CAPTION: Lovecrumbs Edinburgh. Photo Credit Edinburgh Spotlight.

2. Lovecrumbs

Lovecrumbs has to be one of the easiest cafes to find, as you simply have to follow your nose. What started as a makeshift kitchen in a Leith garage back in 2011, it didn’t take long to transition in to a well deserved cafe in Edinburgh’s Old Town. By 2012 Lovecrumbs was opened, and hasn’t slowed down. Offering an array of different speciality cakes from Plum Frangipane Tarts to Orange Polenta cakes, this is the place for any sweet tooth loving fan. The store itself is quite cozy, but it boasts a rustic atmosphere.

Checkpoint Cafe Edinburgh

CAPTION: Checkpoint Cafe Edinburgh. Photo Credit Edinburgh Coffee Lovers

3. Checkpoint

Located just down the road from our very own Castle Rock Hostel, Checkpoint is a popup cafe from the 2016 Fringe that never shut down… If that’s not an endorsement and a half for why this place is a must, then I don’t know what is. Unlike most cafes, Checkpoint is quite big but maintains a spacious floorspace. To put this into perspective, they have a shipping container in the cafe that occupies less than a quarter of the room. The food itself is what I love about this place – halloumi fries, butter fried greens, even a vegan avocado and lime cheesecake which is amazing(and I don’t do vegan)! If you’d like to go one step further than a cup of coffee, they make an amazing Espresso Martini(good way to start the weekend)!

Brew Lab Cafe Edinburgh

CAPTION: Brew Lab Cafe Edinburgh. Photo Credit Brew Lab

4. Brewlab

Just down the road from the Edinburgh University it’s no surprise that this place is perfect for getting your work done or socialzing with friends. Their coffee menu offers four rotating single-origin coffees: two brewed on their brew bar as pour-overs, and two on their espresso bar. If you’re looking for something sweet or savoury to go with your coffee, they offer cakes, tray-bakes, doughnuts and pastries from some of Edinburgh’s top bakeries. Personally I would come here to catch up with a friend, as it is a good place to unwind with a coffee for an hour or so.

Caffeine Drip Cafe Edinburgh

CAPTION: Caffeine Drip Cafe Edinburgh

5. Caffeine Drip

It might be a bit of a walk from our Edinburgh Hostels, but the build up of appetite will be well worth it for this coffee house, eatery, deli and bakery that’s been rolled into one. Caffeine Drip takes your usual cafe food and coffee and adds their own South African twist. The best thing about this place is that they are welcoming with switching up their menu to your liking. My personal choice is the Piggy Club, a three tierd toasted sandwich of pulled pork, chedder, grilled peppers, and mustard mayo! And if you’re not in the mood for coffee than their CYO(create your own) milkshakes are a must have.

Harry Potter and the Edinburgh Spell – Part 2

Welcome back to the Harry Potter and Edinburgh fun for PART TWO!

In case you missed PART ONE, here’s a link to catch you up- CLICK HERE.

Wands at the ready? Read on…

Here’s Your Harry Potter Check List for Edinburgh:

George Heriots School

CAPTION: George Heriot’s School. Image photographed by Court Jeremiah.

1. George Heriot’s School (Address: Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9EQ)–
This stunning school is best viewed just before dusk as the medieval brick-work just ‘pops’ against the colourful sky.


Potter Trail

CAPTION: The Potter Trail isn’t just locations and legends-it’s a performance, featuring performer ‘Becky’. Image photographed by Court Jeremiah.

2. Potter Trail TOUR (Meet at The Greyfriar’s Bobby Statue)–
A free walking tour which takes you to most of the Edinburgh connections with Harry Potter – free, goes for 1-1.5hours – the best reason to go is the Guides are extremely theatrical, it’s a performance that happens to give you the full story of J.K. Rowling and detailed significance of each location, plus key Scottish History – win-win. There’s absolutely no question they haven’t heard before and to add to the fun – you get a wand to play with.
I loved it, shout out to Becky (pictured above) – I see just why Potter Trail is in the Top 20 Best Attractions in Edinburgh on Trip Advisor. HERE’S THE SITE.

 

Greyfriars Kirkyard CJ

CAPTION: Medieval Tones meet Harry Potter where some of the characters’ names were sought. Image photographed by Court Jeremiah.

3. Grey Friars Kirkyard (Address: Greyfriars Place, Edinburgh. EH1 2QQ) –
Here you can walk up and the down graveyard as JK would when she was thinking up characters for the book, who knows maybe it’ll inspire you to write your own amazing stories.

 

Edinburgh Castle

CAPTION: The enchanting Edinburgh Castle ‘on the rock’.

4. Edinburgh Castle (Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG.) –
The Castle itself is a masterpiece and whether you’re on a Harry Potter trek or not, it is a must-see. A Castle on a rock! REPEAT THAT. All the Hogwarts feels.

Elephant House Cafe

CAPTION: Elephant House Café, part of the story that produced Harry Potter but not it’s “birthplace”.

5. Elephant House Café (Address: 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN)
Grab a hot chocolate and a spot in the window, best advice is to go quite early – say 7-8am before the crowds, take your seat and watch the city pass you by.
If you’re feeling cheeky – the best little cake shop I’ve ever been to is a couple doors down, nom nom nom.

Nicolson's Cafe

CAPTION: Renamed to Spoon, Nicolson’s Café is set along Nicolson’s Street.

6. Nicolson’s Café- Now renamed ‘Spoon’ (Address: 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DH) –
Have a cuppa’ here! There’s an official plaque there that states it’s use as Rowling’s place to write for the early chapters of HP.  Get away from all that ‘Hype’ of the Elephant House Café and give it a good look. Very close to Edinburgh University while you’re there…

Balmoral Hotel

CAPTION: The Balmoral Hotel, where the last lines of Harry Potter would be completed.

7. Balmoral Hotel – (Address: 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ)
Definitely visit and ‘snap’ away, or have High Tea there! In the chance you do have the kind of coin it would require, you can actually stay in the room (Room 552) where the final book was completed and find the sneaky spot where J.K inscribed her name.

Victoria Street

CAPTION: Victoria Terrace is the most obvious connection to inspiring Diagon Alley. Image Photographed by Court Jeremiah.

8. Victoria Street ( Address: Victoria St., Edinburgh EH1 2HE) – There’s supposedly a few places of inspiration but to me this screams ‘Diagon Alley’. This is renowned by tours and locals as the OBVIOUS replica and favourite. Sadly though, the shops in Victoria Street hear about H.P. ALL THE TIME and are not experts – so please avoid bombarding them with questions, plus; most are just not quite as excited as we are!

Cockburn Street

CAPTION: Cockburn Street, Edinburgh. Also linked to Diagon Alley.

9. Cockburn Street (Address: Cockburn St, Edinburgh.) Another supposed inspiration for Diagon Alley and definitely worth a look. Do you own comparisons with Victoria Street… They’re close in location also.

JK Edinburgh Home

CAPTION: J.K. Rowling’s Edinburgh Home.

10. J.K.Rowling’s Edinburgh Home (Address: 1 Abbotsford Park, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH10 5DX) – Now, I’m really not encouraging any major-stalking… but a little peak never hurt did it? This building is just beautiful and every bit as enchanting as the owner herself.

JK Handprints

CAPTION: J.K. Rowling’s handprints are showcased in Edinburgh.

11. J.K Rowling’s Handprints (Address: 253 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ)-
Very cool to see, the hands that changed history have forever been immortalised in the Edinburgh City Chambers. For good measure, give them a look – J.K. placed her hands down for setting in Caithness Stone after winning the Edinburgh Award in 2008. THE CHAMBERS WEBSITE.

Edinburgh City

CAPTION: Edinburgh city, is like no other. Curtesy of Wikipedia.

12. Walk around Edinburgh City (especially Old Town)– just like J.K. Rowling would in her day to day and I’m sure for further inspiration of imagery, characters and the world of Harry Potter.

If you’re still not done AND WAY TOO EXCITED…
Why not Continue the ‘Harry Potter’ Journey in Scotland:
Most of the significant Harry Potter scenes were filmed in the Harsh Highlands of Scotland – Fort William, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Loch Leven and more.

Glenfinnan Train

CAPTION: Hogwarts Express over Glenfinnan Viaduct thanks to Instagrammer/Photographer Grant Sloane – @rolling_sloane

Here’s a few connections for you specifically:
1. You know the flying-car scenes in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets when Ron’s driving above the train? Well that’s filmed in a place up North called Glenfinnan Viaduct where the Jacobite Train steams on through twice daily. Plus if you grab a spot up high- it’s a great view, and you too can grab that ‘Insta-worthy image’ of it’s journey passed you.
Oh and FYI, it’s totally possible to ride the Jacobite Steam Train/Hogwarts Express, CLICK HERE.
2. Filming of Hagrid’s Hut took place in Glencoe, although the Hut itself has been dismantled since the final movie it’s still a great area to check out for HP-feels. – INFORMATION HERE.
3. The Valley of Ben Nevis – The tallest Mountain in the British Isles, the valley below was used for the filming of  Quidditch Matches in the movies.

MY TWO HOT TIPS:
Avoid Edinburgh in August especially, as a resident of Edinburgh I know first-hand how insane August is- the sun is often shining, and the amazing and equally chaotic ‘International Fringe Festival’ is on for the month. Delays are intense across the city. So unless you HAVE to go then- don’t. You’ll be able to get uncluttered photos and actually check things out without the rush or the queues.
-Before touching the plane down in Edinburgh – I suggest you have a HP’ Movie Marathon just to amp-up your excitement levels.

NEED A PLACE TO STAY DURING THE HARRY POTTER FUN? In Edinburgh, you could say ‘spoilt for choice’, we have 3 hostels here all within Old Town borders and in the heart of all Harry Potter places listed in Edinburgh above – Royal Mile Backpackers, Castle Rock Hostel and High Street Hostel – CLICK HERE.

The success of Harry Potter stems on the readers’ ability to connect and relate to the characters – even if they’re technically the real witches and wizards…
The best thing we can take from J.K. Rowling is that it’s never too late to be who we are born to be – at any age, in any circumstance, in any place.
But for now, it’s time to experience the mystery and the magic Edinburgh had on J.K Rowling and the profound influence it had on the Harry Potter world.

Written by Court Jeremiah.
STH Blog Writer/Photographer.
www.courtjeremiah.com
@courtredhanded_
Please Note: All opinions stated in this Blog are entirely those of the Author.
Images photographed by Court Jeremiah are not to be taken or used without permission.

‘When Cancer Meets Comedy’

Tim Blott Main Image

Introducing ‘Tim Blott’. Photograph by Court Jeremiah.

I’d like to introduce you to the Stella’ Tim Blott.
Tim: Some days he’s that Typical Scot’, some days he’s a Tour Guide and some days he’s an every-day comedian.
Tim is a Veteran with the MacBackpackers Tours company, clocking up’ 20years.
Tim first and fore-mostly is a very likeable fella’.

Rewind time just three weeks ago, I met Tim. Twice in a week actually – lucky me – I was headed into the Highlands for a project and so it happened I hopped on the MacBackpackers Tours Bus for the trip up. Departing from Edinburgh- there he was at the pick-up point helping-out. Then again, in the enchanting ‘Lochside Hostel’ of Loch Ness. Both times I was welcomed into his arms with a BIG hug and a BIG smile. I love a good hug – and Tim offers them like they’re going out of fashion’. In Loch Ness, Tim pulled me aside – he had an idea that he couldn’t contain! He wanted to raise money for Cancer by doing a stand-up comedy show. I don’t remember every detail… but what I do remember is the hope in his eyes, filling up before me with SUCH feeling.
In just seconds, I could feel my veins filling up too- with all the hope and passion I could see before me.

Tim came to Edinburgh this week where we conversed more formally; about what his plan was for how cancer AND comedy could come together.
The talk itself, was accidental – it so happened – that I was walking across a room with visions of hot chocolates dancing in my head and a direction in my feet- headed straight for the Urn.
Tim was walking into that room too, when I heard: “Court! How are you?!”.
Immediate hugs, some light chit-chat to follow and then we got talking…

“You know, Tim…” I said, “I don’t actually know your last name?”. “It’s ‘Blott’, B.L.O.T.T” he told me. “Ah yes, is that a Scottish name?” – “No, it’s an English name, from the North East of England” he went on to tell me how his father’s family were ‘way-back’ English from the hills. Whereas “My Mother’s side – they are from Ballater and Glenbrown, so they’re Scots!” We jokingly-concluded he was a typical ‘mixed-breed’.

Tour Guiding with MacBackpackers: he’s been doing it for 20 years“What made you decide to get into this?” – “I got into this by total accident, I was working as bar-man in Milne’s Bar in Hanover Street…” he responded, “Part of New Town?”, “Aye, going back about 21years…I served a guy, a Kiwi (from New Zealand). He had a guitar! So I asked him “Do you play guitar?” and he said “Ah yeah, I like to play guitar but there’s a music night down at the ‘Canongate’, every Sunday night there that I’m involved with, come along’ if you like live-music!”, well I loved music – so I went on down – there was a Backpacker Open Mic’ Session and while I was playing – there was this guy Scott, speaking to a guy called Jed – who had been employed to start a Tour Company. Well he asked Scott “Do you know any Scottish guys here, that are outgoing, quite entertaining, that would make a good Tour Guide?” and Scott went – “him” pointing a finger at me, and that’s how I got into it!” he said with a big grin.
And the rest is history?”
, exclaiming he said: “THE REST IS HISTORY, COURT!”.

Quirky Tim

Life’s never boring with Tim around. Photograph by Court Jeremiah.

Musician/Bar Man turned Tour Guide!
“I couldn’t believe someone was going to pay me to drive around a beautiful country and talk about my favourite subject matter which was Scotland, and its history! I thought – “What?!” This is amazing!”
“This obviously goes into the category of your Favourite Things To-Do Tim, what else do you love?” I asked. “EVERYTHING” he said to me. “EVERYTHING, I’m passionate about everything – I love history, knowledge, learning, playing music, singing, I love reciting crazy Scottish poems that no-one understands, I LOVE – MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE- IS MAKING PEOPLE LAUGH!”

“Let’s talk about the Cancer-side of things now… What cancer do you have?” I carefully asked.
“I was diagnosed with Cancer of the Thyroid.” He told me, about what it entailed and the substantialness.
“It’s a VERY scary thing, when someone points the finger and says ‘CANCER’, it’s not very nice” – he then spoke of his luck with having such a great support system and having found it early.
“When did you find out you had cancer?” – “Ah, Middle of July.” Tim confirmed – “Quite recently actually then…” – “Yeah I mean, often people think yeah-nah, not me, couldn’t happen to me. It’s fresh – but you can either let it get to you, or you can make the best of it.”

Tim has been “receiving amazing treatment from NHS” (National Health System) –  he felt compelled to give something back: “That’s where the crazy idea of ‘Timmy’s Big Comedy Night’ came from.”
With hands outstretched, I joked back “Timmy On Tour at The Rock” – “Hey, I like that!” he gasped, I couldn’t take all the credit – I reminded Tim that he had said it to me in the Highlands.

“The best reason I’m doing this, is so that people put their hands in their pockets and put their money where it should be going – to helping people, especially people less fortunate than me. Helping the network of support like ‘Maggies’ who support the families of cancer patients…”


’Maggie’s’ is special because originally a cancer-patient: Maggie Keswick-Jencks, realised back in 1993, that although there was all this “physical help” for patients, there wasn’t really any help for the emotional side of things – either the sufferers OR their family or friends, a foundation was made, today there’s 20 odd Centres across the UK to help with that- for FREE!”  He mentioned that they are funded through people raising funds like he hoped to do.
“The volunteers are so beautiful there, so kind and so caring.”

“The thing Court, about Cancer and going through treatment is, that you feel so humbled- SO, SO humbled.” He said regarding all the support and generosity he’s receiving. “I think, some of the worst situations bring forth the best from people: sheer humanity’”. Tim sat across from me quite perplexed, but he then leant forth to me with his hopes in his eyes still. Tears accompanied: “Exactly. EXACTLY”.

Timmy Castle Image

“It’s time to take action guys!”. Photograph by Court Jeremiah.

Said in serious softness: “I felt COMPELLED to fight cancer- by getting off my ass’ to help do something about it! Not being that person saying I want to do it, I want to do it, I want to do it.” “I just thought: get off your ass and just do it!”

The Show is being held October 7th at the Castle Rock Hostel at 7.30pm, which’ll feature music too.

“Ultimately, what is your goal for this show Timmy?” – “I’d like to get at least 2,000 pounds in donations together for ‘Maggies’, if we could get something like 10,000 pounds… – well that would be just super’!”.

“I’m just willing to be the ‘World’s Biggest Idiot’ if it means that people put their hands in their pockets for some donations to help.”

Any donation: BIG or small, would be so appreciated. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

selfie time

But wait… It’s ‘selfie time’! Court & Tim at the Rock’

Tim is still that Typical Scot, he’s still a Tour Guide and he’s still your every-day Comedian. Cancer or no Cancer – those things won’t change, what sets Tim apart is a tremendous amount of heart.
I am a better person for having met Tim.
So please, LET’S HELP HIM MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

court jeremiahWritten by Court Jeremiah.
STH Blog Writer/Photographer.
www.courtjeremiah.com
@courtredhanded_
General Note: All opinions stated in this Blog are entirely those of the Author. Images photographed by Court Jeremiah are not to be taken or used without permission.

‘WHEN CANCER MEETS COMEDY’ BLOG NOTE: UPDATES IN THE WEEKS TO COME ABOUT TIM’S PROGRESS AND HOW MUCH MONEY WAS RAISED FROM THIS CHARITY EVENT.

Harry Potter and the Edinburgh Spell – Part 1

Edinburgh

Where the magic begins…

Calling all HARDCORE Harry Potter fans! There’s a Harry Potter ‘Prequel’ you may have not know about yet… so I am inviting you to join me in turning our ‘Time-turners’ back and to whisk ourselves to the Old Town cobble streets of Scotland’s Capital: Edinburgh.
The year is 1994, because that’s where this story really takes-off.

J.K. Rowling (born 1965) had experienced a fateful moment on a journey from Manchester to London, just 4 years earlier. She thought of Harry Potter whilst gazing into the country-side as it passed her by and when experiencing a ‘traditional’ UK 4 hour train delay.
A little boy who didn’t know he was a wizard had cast a spell on her mind.

This was a year that altered her life enormously – not just by dreaming up Harry Potter, her mother also passed away at the end of 1990, and Rowling was extremely close with her, saying that the death brought “guilt and worry and anxiety” into her life.

In the years that followed: she married a Portuguese man, moved to Portugal and would have a daughter – but all of it was not as successful as first envisioned.
From it suicidal thoughts weaved their way into her every day, and she had hit rock-bottom.

Returning to 1994 she decided to make the return to the UK, and to Edinburgh to be with her baby sister Dianne.

J.K. returned as a shattered, divorced version of herself, & a single mother. She was as poor as poor could be without being homeless.
But no matter what her financial position was – she never lost her ideas for Harry Potter.
They started to flood her mind again.

Giving herself just one year to complete it– she would spend a great deal of time in Edinburgh’s coffee shops – ‘Nicolson’s Café’ and ‘Elephant House Café’ mostly. In fact, she’s quoted as saying that coffee shops were great because the cost of coffee was cheaper than heating her home. For hours her tiny daughter would lay beside her sleeping whilst Rowling wrote.

You see “this is a city people quite literally fall in love with”, no exception for Rowling – the old world feel, the gothic architecture, hidden pockets of mystery are scattered through the city and an even bustling pace of other creatives is evident. When it came to building the books – characters, locations and imagery were all vastly inspired by Edinburgh.

J.K. Rowling’s days were either spent wandering the city or in coffee shops.
When she wandered, she passed places like George Heriot’s School – the most expensive in the area but the only one offering Single-Parent Scholarships – it also comprises of 4 towers and 4 houses… are we taking note? Combine that with the likes of Edinburgh Castle which can be seen from George Heriot’s – and ideas for Hogwarts developed, Edinburgh Castle was intriguing to her being mounted on a large ‘rock’.
She’d also wander through the Greyfriar’s Graveyard gazing at headstones for ideas of ‘Old-world’ first names and last names for characters – the most obvious links being Tom Riddle and Professor MacGonagall.
On her wanders, were the streets of Victoria Street and Cockburn Street – laced with cobble, unique bends in the road, little shops stacked against each other – the resemblance to Diagon Alley is also uncanny.

HP BOOKS.

CAPTION: The Harry Potter book collection.

The first book was completed in 1995, she did it – stuck to her one year goal too.
And the rest as they say- is history…

This ‘edition’ of Harry Potter is ‘Fairytale meets tragedy’ – the wonderful writing of HP really commenced in Edinburgh and ended in Edinburgh- the last link to the last story’s creation being the Balmoral Hotel where she completed the book. Edinburgh is where a story was brought to life – fed, nourished, loved and where it would grow from a simple idea.

JK Rowling holding book

CAPTION: Rowling holding her final Harry Potter book.

It’s a funny thing how being an Author is a considerable risk to most people, and that definitely didn’t stop with J.K.Rowling – she suffered, what seemed like endless criticism for her dreams of writing books, even way before ‘Bloomsbury’ picked it up, it was dismissed as not good enough for publication by two dozen other Publishers…
and I bet they all feel like ‘Royal Idiots’ now… just a thought.

J.K Rowling now lives in her own ‘small castle’ in Edinburgh with her family.

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HERE’S SOME FUN FACTS –
-JK Rowling used a very old Type Writer which is near-on-extinct in today’s society. See no fancy iPad required! And today is worth a collective $545 million dollars for her Harry Potter legacy – which technically makes her richer than the Queen!
– J.K. Rowling hails from England, but is notably 1/4 Scottish and her parents’ love blossomed on a train ride to Scotland.
– Edinburgh was the first UNESCO City of Literature. How appropriate?!
– As a child she began to dream of being an author and creating stories for those small too.
-HP was filmed in Warner Brother’s Studios in England, but most location filming was done in Scotland.
-The Harry Potter books (all 7) were published in 10 years exactly 1997 to 2007 and the 8 Blockbuster movies between 2001 and 2011.
-The HP Books have been translated 79 times and today 450 million copies have been sold word-wide. Impressive stuff.

Look out for part two where we talk about the awesome places to see and do all things Harry Potter!

 

Written by Court Jeremiah.
STH Blog Writer/Photographer.
www.courtjeremiah.com
@courtredhanded_
Please Note: All opinions stated in this Blog are entirely those of the Author.
Images photographed by Court Jeremiah are not to be taken or used without permission.

Edinburgh Fringe: Best of the Week

The first week of Fringe is done and dusted and, as you might expect, there are a few standouts from the crowd. Here are some of our must-see picks. Grab your tickets before it’s too late!

 

Natalie Palimedes

Natalie Palimedes- LAID (comedy, absurdist, clowning)

Part theatre, part clown performance, Laid is as funny as it is unique. Palimedes plays the part of a woman who lays an egg everyday and must decide whether to raise it, or eat it. What ensues in the most ridiculously hilarious hour of theatrical comedy you might see at the Fringe this year.

For more information, please click here

 

Natalie Palimedes; Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 16:15, £10-12

 

Trainspotting Live (theatre, drama, comedy)

 
When you think of Scotland, you think of Trainspotting. So a trip to the Fringe festival would be incomplete without experiencing this interactive homage to the classic book and film of the same name. At times overwhelming to the senses, Trainspotting is genuine, raw and so immersive, you’ll feel accomplished just for getting out of there alive.

For more information, please click here

Trainspotting Live; Venue 150 at EICC (Venue 150), 18:00, 19:45, 21:30,  £10-17.50

 

Hannah Gadsby- Nanette (comedy, stand up, monologue)

 

After winning Best Show at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Best Comedy at Adelaide Fringe, it’s hard to believe ‘Nanette’ is Gadsby’s swan song. More of a touching monologue about her journey through the comedy scene than a traditional stand up show; you can expect to cry as hard as you laugh.

For more information, please click here

Hannah Gadsby- Nanette; Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17), 15:50, 17:30, 20:00, £11-12

 

Sage Francis and B Dolan present: Tricknology (spoken word, political)

 

Sage Francis and B Dolan bring you spoken word like you’ve never heard before. Hip-Hop beats combine with inspirational messages to bring you a rage-fueled set that will either bring you non-stop Zen or make you want to start a revolution.

For more information, please click here

 

Sage Francis and B Dolan present: Tricknology; New Town Theatre (Venue 7), 18:35, £15