The line-up for the Edinburgh Festival was announced recently and it looks pretty exciting. The range of talent is wide and varied, featuring stand up comedians, impressionists, circus acts and dance and theatre performances. Some of the highlights include:
Following his successful TV sitcom Sunny D which introduced him to the masses, comedian Dane Baptiste returns to the Edinburgh Festival with a brand new show entitled G.O.D. The abbreviated titled is based on Dane’s observation that our pursuit of three things currently rules the world: Gold, Oil and Drugs. Some pretty weighty stuff for a comedy, but no doubt the London born stand up will deliver the laughs as well as offer food for thought.
G.O.D is showing 5th – 27th August (except 16th) at the Pleasance Courtyard
Twayna Mayne is an exciting young talent who is set to make her festival debut in a production called Black Girl. In the hour long show the Black British comedian will dissect her own relationship with race and gender, musing on her teenage obsession with all things Black American as well uncovering her identity through hair, music, film and TV. Described as a ‘refreshingly original new comic voice’, Mayne is definitely one to watch.
Black Girl is showing 5th – 27th August (except 16th) @ The Pleasance Courtyard
Newcomer Eshaan Akbar makes his Edinburgh Festival debut this with hour show ‘Eshaan Akbar: Not For Prophet.’ He talks about the cultural expectations associated with English being his fourth language after Urdu, Bengali and Hindi, including flirting with the idea of becoming a professional Bollywood dance choreographer. He also talks about his journey from being a learned and devout Muslim to a bacon eating, alcohol-swilling non-Muslim.
Eshann Akbar: Not For Prophet is showing 4th – 27th August (except the 15th) at the Gilded Balloon – Turret.
British-Kurdish Kae Kurd makes his much-anticipated Edinburgh debut with show ‘Kae Kurd: Kurd Your Enthusiasm.’ The show takes us through his life story of arriving in London with his family as a refugee at six months old. They arrived in Brixton in the ’90s, which then was one of the most multicultural areas of London, meaning Kae’s childhood was shaped by his place as an ethnic minority within a minority.
Kae Kurd: Kurd Your Enthusiasm is showing 5th – 27th August (except 16th) at The Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker 2
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