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My Edinburgh Festival Fringe experience begins tomorrow (Weds, Aug 17, 2016).
Through Twitter, I asked for show recommendations. Most of these came from people I know, some of these are involved in performance arts so know what they are on about, others are performers themselves who have recommended some of their best picks.
It’s a long-ish list. I’ll be seeing as many of these shows as I can.
The Enchanted @pharmacytheatre (Review **** http://www.broadwaybaby.com/shows/the-enchanted/714333, link for tickets/venue etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/enchanted)
Are monsters born or are they created? A mute prisoner sits on death row in a maximum security prison. He watches and he listens. And he wonders – how do we stop men like me from happening? An investigator unravels unspeakable crimes – she does not let men go to their deaths without a fight. When you walk on death row, you look for the light, for that scrap of sky. Pharmacy presents an imaginative adaptation of Rene Denfeld’s debut novel reflecting on themes of evil, punishment, clemency and redemption.
5 Out Of 10 Men @deepdivingmen @fragentheatre (for tickets venue etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/5-out-of-10-men)
‘A raucous new piece of ensemble theatre about modern masculinity and mental health, told through one man’s crises’.
Various shows by Forest Fringe @forestfringe (http://forestfringe.co.uk/edinburgh2016/events/2016-08/)
A repeated recommendation by people who work within performance arts. And, as my limited experience of contemporary performance grows, some of the names performing under the Forest Fringe umbrella are familiar to me. To put it another way: They don’t put on sh*t. Their program is on between Aug 11 and Aug 20 – so check them out at the link above and book your shows accordingly.
Tim Crouch @timcrouch1964 (venue tickets etc: http://festival16.summerhall.co.uk/event/adler-gibb/)
Contains strong language: In preparation for the film role of a lifetime, an actor goes to extreme lengths to dig up the truth. Her subject is the celebrated artist, Janet Adler, who rejected the art world in favour of a private life. A re-staging of Tim Crouch’s notorious Royal Court play, this is the story of a raid – on a house, a life and a legacy. From the real to the unreal, fake to true and theatre to film, the play marries Tim Crouch’s fascination with form to a compelling story of misappropriation and death.
Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat (tickets venue etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/lucy-mccormick-triple-threat)
Post-popular prodigy Lucy McCormick and her Girl Squad present a trash-step dub-punk morality play for the modern world. Casting herself in every main role, Lucy attempts to reconnect to her moral conscience by re-enacting biblical stories via a nu-wave holy trinity of dance, power ballads and absurdist art. With direction from Ursula Martinez. ‘A phenomenally watchable performer… anything is a possibility’ (Matt Truman). ‘Hilarious, shocking and profound’ (ExeuntMagazine.com). Commissioned by hÅb and Contact for Works Ahead, with funding from Arts Council England. BSL interpreted performances on 14th and 20th August.
Lords of Strut: The family show . @lordsofstrut (venue tickets etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/lords-of-strut-the-family-show)
Someone described it as being like Vic and Bon on acid. You gotta give this a go.
Colin Cloud: Expose @colin_cloud (venue tickets etc: http://www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk/whats-on/colin-cloud-expose#select-a-performance-jump)
Colin Cloud returns with an exposé… of you. He has the wit of a comedian, the intensity of a hypnotist and the allure of Sherlock Holmes himself. A complete sell-out in 2014 and 2015. The show will extend beyond 60 minutes as Colin invites you, the audience, to solve a mystery with him on the streets of Edinburgh. Warning: Do not think about anything you wouldn’t want Colin to know or reveal.
Laura Lexx: Tyrannosaurus Lexx @lauralexx (venue tickets etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Laura%20Lexx%3A%20Tyrannosaurus%20Lexx%22)
Evolution is tricky – just ask the dinosaurs. Last year Laura (Chortle Awards 2016 nominee) evolved into a full-time wife and comedian. It didn’t quite go as planned. Following her smash debut Lovely, Laura aims her trademark comedy kaleidoscope at marriage, feminism, identity and the grinning idiots that built Stonehenge. Indulge in a whirlwind celebration of everything that’s right about slowly turning into your mother and everything that’s wrong with town criers. ‘Real comedic steel’ (Guardian). ‘Incredibly engaging… it’s difficult to see what will stop her success’ (Skinny). ‘Hilarious, kind-hearted and genuine comedy’ (ArtsAwardVoice.com).
Diane Spencer: Seamless @dianespencerfun (tickets venue etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/diane-spencer-seamless)
One of the UK’s most talented ginger comedians cuts new material that’ll have you in stitches. Her previous six solo shows have amassed well over a quarter of a million views on YouTube and her latest creation promises to be the best yet. Contemporary, daft, explicit, seamless. ‘Half-horrifying, half-fascinating, all hilarious’ **** (Skinny). ‘Personable, hilarious and ballsy’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Not for the faint hearted but also not to be missed’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Jam-packed with hilarious, well-written anecdotes’ **** (One4Review.co.uk).
Lili la Scala @lili_la_scala (can’t find link to tickets for this show)
Doug Segal: I Can Make You Feel Good @doug_segal (venue tickets etc: http://www.outstandingtickets.com/whats-on/123/doug_segal_i_can_make_you_feel_good)
Following three sell-out runs, award-winning comedy mind reader Doug Segal is back with a brand new show designed to make you feel good!
Mind tricks, jokes and an endorphin rush are all guaranteed. Where else can you get that for a tenner? As seen on BBC One and BBC Three. Winner: Best Cabaret Act Brighton Fringe and ThreeWeeks Editor’s Award Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
‘Simply brilliant’ ***** Sunday Express
‘Segal rips it up, slick and in command’ Herald
‘Impressive’ **** Edinburgh Evening News
‘Imagine if Derren Brown was funny’ Evening Standard
Murder She Didn’t Write @degreesofterror (tickets venue etc: http://c.tickets.red61.com/performances.php?eventId=34:2187)
Move over, Sherlock! Murder, She Didn’t Write provides ‘one of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time’ EdinburghFringeReview.com, as you become the author and watch your very own Murder-Mystery masterpiece unfold live on-stage! Each night, see an unplanned, unscripted and never-before-seen improvised comedy theatre show, which promises to dazzle, enthral, and delight. Will you work out whodunnit in time? Recommended by BBC Radio 2. ‘Unrestrained bursts of joy’ ★★★★★ BristolTheatreReview.com. ‘By far the best improvised show that I have seen’ ★★★★★ Inter:Mission. ★★★★★ FringeReview.co.uk. ★★★★ ThreeWeeks ★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com. ★★★★ FringeGuru.com.
Infinity Pool, Bedlam (venue tickets etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/infinity-pool-a-modern-retelling-of-madame-bovary)
I got this tweet from Krissi Musiol who, amongst other performance related things, works during the Fringe Festival for Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe show (@mervspotfringe)
So I’m thinking these shows will pretty sh*t hot like:
Spencer Jones is The Herbert in Proper Job @spendals (tickets venue etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=spencer%20jones)
Peter and Bambi Heaven: The Magic Inside (tickets venue etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/peter-and-bambi-heaven-the-magic-inside)
How Not To Live In Suburbia (tickets venue etc:https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/how-not-to-live-in-suburbia)
Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis (tickets venue etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/hyprov-improv-under-hypnosis)
Cuncrete (tickets venue etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/cuncrete)
Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth (venue tickets etc: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/olaf-falafel-and-the-cheese-of-truth)