Fringe on a Theme: 3 Theremin Tales

Electromagnetic, spooky and Soviet, the ethereal sound of cult 1920s instrument the theremin can be followed into these three Edinburgh Fringe shows...

Feature by Ben Venables | 27 Jul 2017

Lucy Hopkins: Powerful Women Are About

Hopkins' show promises a retelling of human history, with the theremin-playing clown as our spirit guide. Though we haven't verified the fact, we're fairly certain no-one has ever taken a theremin into the treacle-floored Hive, which is worth the recommendation alone. 

Heroes at The Hive (Bunka), 3-27 Aug (not 9), 5pm, £5/PWYW 

Carla Lippis – Cast a Dark Shadow

With a programme bumf worthy of French philosophers Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, all deconstructing this and re-contextualising that, we trust this is going to be a hauntingly good cabaret. Lippis is accompanied by Geoff Crowther and the wonderful Black Cat Cabaret's Vicky Falconer-Pritchard, who spent the 2016 Fringe dressed as a Yeti.

Edinburgh Playhouse (The Boards), 2, 3, 7-26 Aug (not 13, 20, 24), various times, £8-£12

The Time Machine

Go 800,000 years in the future and find out what has become of the human species. Comedians Laurence Owen and Lindsay Sharman time travel into the Musicals and Opera section of the programme to dramatise HG Wells' Sci-Fi classic as a radio play. Expect a Bernard Herrman-styled soundtrack with the magnificent Owen working the theremin.

PBH Free Fringe at the Voodoo Rooms, 5-27 Aug, 1.45pm, free