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Three To See 2018: Three new musicals and opera

By | Published on Saturday 28 July 2018

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three new shows in the musicals and opera strand.

Elizabethan | theSpace @ Surgeons Hall | 3-25 Aug
I think every year I say that I really love to pick out new musicals, and there’s a reason for that. I love to pick out new musicals. But seriously, so often in the past I’ve seen the Fringe programme packed with virtually nothing but revivals of things we’ve all seen eight times before, and it’s really refreshing to see brand new stuff. And there are loads this year. Including this one, which also appeals to me because of its historical theme. It’s about Tobias Bacon, who died of love in 1618, and we’re invited to join him on the 400th anniversary of his death, as he finds out how.

Hunger | Paradise In The Vault | 4-11 Aug (pictured)
Oooh, and I like the look of this one, too, for it is an original short opera (only half an hour) based on Kafka’s ‘A Hunger Artist’, and how often do you see new opera on the Fringe? Well, relatively frequently I guess, but nowhere near as much as new stuff in other genres. Anyway, this sounds excellent, being described as a “radical and claustrophobic piece following a woman artist raging against the reductive categories into which the art world forces her”. As a woman I am always raging against the reductive categories the world forces me into, so I can relate.

Hamilton (Lewis) | Assembly George Square Studios | 1-26 Aug
You’ve heard of the musical ‘Hamilton’, haven’t you? Yes? Well, this isn’t it, obviously, this is about Lewis Hamilton, and I think it’s going to be good, a musical parody featuring a blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R’n’B and Broadway music: “Hamilton (Lewis) is the epic story of a self-starter who worked a lot harder, by being a lot faster, born and raised in Stevenage, the most successful British F1 driver in the history of the sport.” Expect something very fun.