It’s that time of year! The Ed Fringe fest is on and if you’re not sure what it is, here’s a run down. It’s the largest arts festival in the world and brings in thousands of performers from all around the planet. There’s theatre, comedy, dance, circus, music and so much more. A little bit of something for everyone.
We were lucky enough to send a reviewer up to Scotland to dig around for the best of the best in Edinburgh. This time it’s plays that you need to see and will never forget. There’s nothing like some good ol’ theatre.
At a festival with over 3,000 events taking place each year, the key to success is standing out, so you need to come up with a unique twist to make sure your show gets noticed. ‘The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole’ isn’t just a play, but an experience. The audience are fitted with heart rate monitors and the readings are projected onto the set, displaying your inner reactions to the ups and downs of the show for all to see. We can’t remember much about the story and some of the humour was a bit too silly, but as the first show of our Fringe 2016, it perfectly summed up what this festival is all about and got us right in the mood for everything Edinburgh has to offer.
One of the best things about the Fringe festival is that talented people come from all over the world to perform, and you can see shows you’d never normally get to experience. ‘Daffodils’ is a musical play based on the true story of a couple who met as teenagers in New Zealand in the 1960s. It starts out as a really sweet tale, but has some unexpected twists and a surprising ending. The story is told in words and music by two talented singers playing the lead roles of Eric and Rose. The songs in the show were originally recorded by famous artists from New Zealand, and though we didn’t recognise many of them ourselves, we’ll definitely be checking out the original versions.
One of the most talked-about shows at this year’s Fringe is ‘All the Things I Lied About’, a one-woman show written and performed by London girl Katie Bonna. It’s in the style of a TED talk, with Katie (playing herself) speaking on the theme of dishonesty. The show moves suddenly and dramatically between light and dark moments – one minute Katie’s handing out sweets and asking the audience to throw bouncy balls at her, the next she’s revealing the most personal secrets about her family and relationships. This is a show with some hard-hitting ideas that you won’t quickly forget, and it’ll definitely make you think about how honest you really are.