Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, the seat of the Scottish parliament and government, the largest city by area and the second largest by population in the country. The City of Edinburgh Council governs one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas. The council area includes urban Edinburgh and a 30 square miles (78 km2) rural area. Located in the south-east of Scotland, Edinburgh lies on the east coast of the Central Belt, along the Firth of Forth, near the North Sea. Source: Wikipedia

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Before coming to Edinburgh, I caught up with Simmons's last Fringe show, Fail, in London. Unfortunately, that title and this show are interchangeable. Essentially, Meanwhile is Simmons's home-made Twitter feed with two devices at work. Simmons attempts to answer questions put to him through various mediums while a female voice interjects with an activity going on simultaneously somewhere else in the world. At this point, Simmons jumps around to act out someone in Germany getting annoyed with their flatmate – or some other scenario.

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My Edinburgh: Steven Berkoff, actor

Edinburgh in August is one of the most extraordinarily dynamic manifestations of human creativity in the world.

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The Ballet Ruse, Dance Base, Edinburgh

Muirne Bloomer and Emma O'Kane dreamed of being ballerinas – and did more than dream: both trained and danced with professional ballet companies. With speech, dance and gleefully rewritten ballet mime, they look back on their time in this punishing world. The movie Black Swan had melodrama and moping; Bloomer and O'Kane have solidarity, survival and a rueful good time.

My Edinburgh: Phill Jupitus, comedian

It is difficult to narrow down exactly how to best absorb the multifarious delights of Edinburgh in August but make the effort to book a few of your own favourites online before you come, which will give your visit a bit of structure. Then when you do hit town, ask friends what they liked. By the end of the first week the buzz about good shows is always palpable. Above all else, take risks. Last year I spent an hour with a small audience helpless with laughter watching three Japanese clowns.

Oedipus, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Steven Berkoff's utterly distinctive new version of the Sophocles tragedy is like a well-oiled machine grinding towards death and destruction. Berkoff himself plays Creon, taking control as the vehicle skids off the road and Oedipus loses the sat nav.

Jessica Ransom: Unsung Heroes, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

"If I was a song, I'd be a Lighthouse Family B-side." So begins Jessica Ransom's hour dedicated to the unsung heroes of everyday life, the humdrum types no-one pays attention to, unless they happen to have a Fringe show to perform.

Imran Yusuf: Bring The Thunder, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Having been nominated for the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer Award last year, confident geezer (or "gangsta") Imran Yusuf is back to preen and provoke. Enough vulnerability comes through Yusuf's persona to avoid him coming over as cocky; constantly putting forward his ego, he takes it back with a self-deprecating reveal.

King Lear, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

You could say it is the ultimate stand-up show: the Taiwanese actor and director Wu Hsing-Kuo plays all the characters in King Lear, fighting the elements in a huge white beard and taking a curtain call that even Donald Wolfit might have considered a little over the top.

My Edinburgh: Joe Dunthorne, writer

My grandmother, who lives in Edinburgh, regards the festival with suspicion. With its queues, traffic, tourists, mimes, jugglers and student experiential theatre troupes, it's easy to see why. Each year, however, even she is won over by at least one show.

Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican, Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

What a year it has been for Sarah Millican.

My Edinburgh: Angelos Epithemiou, comedian

I have only been to Edinburgh once before, and that was to deliver a fridge to my mate Kenny's mum. When we got there we found out she had moved back to London, so we dumped it in the river and drove home.

My Edinburgh: Tom Deacon, Comedian and DJ

This is my third year performing at the Fringe and I’m serving up my second one-hour show, Can I Be Honest?

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The name might not be instantly familiar, but if you're a Fringe regular the face will be: David Reed is one third of perennially popular sketch group, The Penny Dreadfuls.

Audience, St George's West, Edinburgh

Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed are know for pushing their audiences with their interactive work, but this time they don't just become part of the process, they become the subject too.

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