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Three To See 2017: Three unusual musicals

By | Published on Saturday 5 August 2017

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three unusual musicals.

Sasquatch The Opera | Summerhall | 2-27 Aug
When I began this section on unusual musicals, I did start to wonder if other people will actually find the themes of these shows as unusual as I do. But surely this counts: it’s about a hillbilly family who make a living selling the story of Sasquatch to willing tourists, and what happens when they discover the real thing. What’s more, it’s “weird and provocative and totally twisted kid friendly”. Which is great.

A Waste Land | Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s | 3-20 Aug
TS Eliot’s poem ‘The Wasteland’ is one of my favourite things ever, but I didn’t ever imagine a day when it would turn up as a part rave, part multimedia installation in the Musicals And Opera section of the Fringe programme. So I am rather intrigued by this, and its threat of a dark, dystopian journey with genderqueer Tiresias, created by Brooklyn-based playwright and performance artist Eri Borlaug.

Heartwood | Venue 13 | 5-26 Aug (pictured)
I suppose this is only unusual because it’s got puppets in it, and while there are puppets all over the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, they are more often involved in theatre than in musicals. It sounds like this has an interesting story as well, though: a small girl wakes within a dark and mysterious forest and must make her way through the wood, on the run from from a persistent, haunting spirit. Promises to be quite eerie and spine-chilling.