There are three productions from Yorkshire this year: RashDash with Two Man Show, Lung with E15 and 600 People from Third Angel.
Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen—Leeds based RashDash—were Fringe First winners in 2010 and 2011 and are returning to Edinburgh after an absence of four years. In Two Man Show, they are women playing women playing men in a show about how patriarchy is bad for everyone, and how being a man can be a dangerous, difficult and confusing act. A female punk/pop band predict a feminist future. A show that embraces the feminine, the masculine and everything in between.
RashDash’s theatre combines movement, music and text and is listed in the Fringe programme as combining music and physical theatre. The show is a co-production with the Soho Theatre and Northern Stage.
Two Man Show runs from 6 to 27 August (not Wednesdays) at 20:15 (to 21:25).
From Sheffield-based LUNG comes E15, a piece of documentary theatre adapted from real-life testimonies, providing a truthful retelling of the E15 Campaign and how one group of women refused to be marginalised.
Facing skyrocketing rent and forced relocation out of London, 29 single mothers united to confront Newham Council's gentrification of their home town and their campaign pushed housing to the top of the political agenda.
E15 runs from 6 to 27 August (except Wednesdays) at 18:30 (to 19:40).
Also based in Sheffield is Third Angel which presents 600 People, a combination of stand-up comedy and astrophysics.
"We step out of our solar system, into the universe, seeking only peace and friendship..."
So says the message from the human race on the Voyager spacecraft. But is there actually anybody out there? Alex talked to an astrophysicist to find out. And he learned about stellar wobble, the mirror test, Fermi's paradox, enhanced humans and murderous dolphins.
The show was originally commissioned for Northern Elements, a development programme funded by Arts Council England and managed by ARC, Stockton.
600 People runs from 18 to 27 August (not Wednesdays) at 14:45 (to 15:50).
Finally there are two productions from London: Equations for a Moving Body and People of the Eye.
Equations for a Moving Body by Hannah Nicklin, the 2014 winner of Title Pending, is a one-woman show about the physiology of endurance—when our brains tell our bodies to stop—and the psychology of carrying on. It’s a story about preparing mind and body for a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles cycling, then running a marathon.
Equations runs from 6 to 27 August (not Wednesdays) at 11:00 (to 12:25).
The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble presents People of the Eye, a personal story, inspired by real events, which follows a family finding their way through the deaf world. A story about parents, about sisters and about the complex love that binds families together.
Using projections, sound, live performance and creative accessibility, this unique, poignant performance is about memories, feelings of isolation and finding the joy in difference.
This piece is accessible to deaf and hearing audiences through the use of British Sign Language, spoken English and creative captioning.
People of the Eye runs from 6 to 27 August (except Wednesdays) at 13:00 (to 14:00).