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Edinburgh fringe roundup: twists and stick for the old boys’ club

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Masculinity rather than #MeToo is a preoccupation this year, for male and female performers alike, along with race, nostalgia – and Harold Wilson With more than 3,500 different fringe shows put on for hundreds of thousands of visitors during August, it’s little wonder that Edinburgh becomes discombobulating during its festival month. The streets turn into stages – even the few tiny pockets where there is respite from the chorus of acoustic guitars, children’s entertainers or men approximating EDM on a keyboard and a bucket. Everywhere has an accent of the surreal. There’s a man with a Boots carrier bag, but he’s dressed as Margaret Thatcher. There’s a group of restless teenagers lounging around, only they’re all wearing purple and green leotards for no clear reason. There’s the real Theresa May getting into a car, booed by the public, next to a box office where she is almost certainly not picking up tickets for
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