(from the show viewed on 03/08/2018)
Everyone loves a good bit of improv, and this was the first piece of ‘straight’ improv with no extra augmentations that I’ve seen for a while. It was refreshing and relaxing to just enjoy a bit of simple good old-fashioned improvisation from a group with a knack for it.
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Sometimes you stumble into shows at the EdFringe; shows you know almost nothing other than it happened to be on next and the description was interesting. And occasionally those shows turn out to be real gems. Number, Please, I’m happy to say, was one of those shows. A female lead, 1950s, spy comedy, it manages to get the most potential out of each of those elements.
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“Technology is bad, m’kay”. That seems to be essentially what this show boiled down to. It was heavy handed and shallow with a very tired message that I’m kind of sick to death of seeing media use. The entire thing has an unpleasant air of shallow smugness, determined to paint anyone the slightest bit appreciative of modern tech as rude, unpleasant, and unlikable. It’s not just the message isn’t even a good one, it’s also just how heavy-handedly the play forces that message down your throat. It’s unrelenting and poorly handled with the characters you’re meant to like and root for coming across as insufferably self-righteous.
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My feelings for this show are that it has a lot of important things to say but doesn’t really know how to say them. Mental Health is a heavy subject and so you need to give it sufficient weight. For me, that weight wasn’t there.
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The morning started much the same as mornings do here: rolling out of bed, chatting in the living room for a fashion, and then mustering the energy to get ready and make our way into town. I went a little ahead of everyone else this time, bought a couple of eye-patches from a costume shop and then stopped by my favourite coffee shop on the Mile for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. I also had a lovely chat with a friendly stranger who let me share her table (one of the best things about Fringe is easily befriending strangers).
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August is here and it’s Fringe time again! This time I’m writing and directing again, in partnership with my flatmate this year, Frazer (even if everyone kind of knows I have more power but we’ll leave it there). This year’s show is Upcastle Downcastle, a ‘pantomime for grownups’. It’s been a lot of fun to write, direct, and perform, and with the cast we have, I’ve high hopes for this being another fun adventure in Edinburgh.
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