Our Pick of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Bob Slayer’s Heroes of Fringe
‘Heroes’ biggest line up ever brings together critically-acclaimed award winners with some of comedy’s most exciting and creative up and coming talents.’
Known for its creative programming, guerrilla tactics and innovative Pay What You Want model, Bob Slayer’s Heroes – returning to Edinburgh for its sixth year – is guided by the passionate belief that performers should come first. Its artists always take the lion’s share of ticket sales and enjoy total creative freedom.
Performing in eight spaces over five venues, Heroes’ line-up for 2017 includes John Kearns, Spencer Jones, Phil Nichol, Desiree Burch, Glenn Wool, Brendon Burns, Bob Slayer, Phil Kay, Adam Hess, Carl Donnelly, Lucy Hopkins, Betty Grumble, Bobby Mair, Adam Larter, Paul Currie, Tom Bell, Alexis Dubus, Beth Vyse (right), Ed Aczel, Rob Kemp. Adrienne Truscott, Ari Eldjárn, Lucy Pearman, and ACMS.
From the surreal Mr Twonkey to the NSFW tales of Puppetry of the Penis founder Simon Morley, from a walking tour of the unofficial history of capitalism to Lucy Hopkins’ part electro-ritual, part theremin-experiment Powerful Women Are About and Ros Kemp’sThe Elvis Dead (left) – a retelling of Evil Dead 2 through the songs of Elvis – Heroes is dedicated to delivering some of the Fringe’s funniest, silliest and most unforgettable shows, happenings and experiences. And to top it all off, there’s a nightly Fringe After Party & Piano Bar on the Blundabus.
Reigning Spirit-of-the-Fringe Comedy Award winner Bob Slayer said; ‘The Fringe is an amazing creative hot pot of talent that is constantly at risk of being packaged up and neatly commodified by the industry. Heroes seeks to provide a thriving unrestricted home for artists to do what they do best and produce beautiful bonkers outpourings of themselves. When I first came to the Fringe in 2008 it was dominated by a few industry voices. We have worked hard to redress the balance in favour of the performers and make the Fringe a creative, fun and playful place one more.’
Bob Slayer’s Heroes of Fringe shows are at various venues throughout Edinburgh.