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Three Shows With Something Supernatural

By | Published on Tuesday 2 August 2022

Three shows with something supernatural at Edinburgh Festival 2022…

Nightmare Magic | PBH’s Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms | 6-28 Aug
David Alnwick is doing quite the number of shows at this year’s Fringe: just stick his name into the edfringe.com website to see how busy he’s going to be over August. But the one that jumped out at me – because I was thinking spooky thoughts – is ‘Nightmare Magic’, in which the extremely popular magician doesn’t just do magic, but in fact tells a ghost story using magic. I gather it’s a pretty scary tale, that focuses on the decoding of an old journal, and it’s won much acclaim. That being the case, it sounds like you probably need to turn up at least an hour early to be in with a chance of getting to see this show. But you know, it’s probably worth it. Click here for info and tickets.

Séayoncé: Res-Erection | Assembly Roxy | 2-28 Aug (pictured)
This one’s less spooky, because although it deals in occult themes, it’s a comedy cabaret seance led by “late great ghost whisperer” Séayoncé, and it’s going to be highly entertaining, promising a show packed full of music, laughter, death and sex, cabaret ballads and audience interaction. Oh, and the summoning of the ghost of Anne Boleyn… how could you live with yourself if you missed that? It’s the creation of award winning rising star Dan Wye, whose comic timing and compelling characters will no doubt keep you enthralled, perhaps even under a spell? Either way, you’re going to have fun. Click here for info and tickets.

Saloum | EIFF at Vue/Cameo | 17+19 Aug
We were so pleased when the Edinburgh International Film Festival decided to move back to August dates so that the city’s big movie celebration also takes place during Edinburgh’s festival month – just like in the olden days. And not least because it means we can include some of the enticing screenings they are offering in our Three To See tips. This particular film really grabbed our attention – a “Senegalese horror western with a twist” released in 2021, that promises a rather wild ride. “When a revenge mission goes awry, a group of half-Senegalese, half-Central African outlaws stumble across a cursed land, and the bandits, led by the charismatic Chaka, have to deal with supernatural forces that don’t fear guns”. Yikes. Click here for info and tickets.