31 Jul Blog | EDLOG 2015 – Rich’s Top 10 Recommendations
Rich cheated outrageously with his list earlier this week. When asked to list 10 potential top shows to see at the festival, Rich sent us two lists (and one of the lists had a sub list!). You can read his first list here: Read EDLOG 2015 – Rich’s Top 10 Shows You May Not Have Spotted Yet
Q. So Rich, this is your final list?
Rich: No, it’s just the start. It’s good to have some shows on your radar at the start of the festival. I use these to get warmed up. I tend to make my MUST SEE list at the end of the first week after dozens of conversations in bars and queues.
Q. So how did you select 10?
Rich: I went with my gut, I went with reputations and I tried to mix it up.
Q. Have you booked for these shows?
Rich: Most of them, yeah – It somehow feels less of a hit on the wallet if you book some tickets in advance… obviously it’s not, but it feels better. And these shows might sell out! I have booked half a dozen shows at the International Festival too, it’s always much cheaper to buy those in advance (www.eif.co.uk).
We’ll be sharing Top 10 lists from Amit (Artistic Director), Roz (Producer) and all our performers throughout the festival…
In no order…
1) AN OAK TREE | Tim Crouch
I thought I’d start with a show I saw 10 years ago, as a warm up. This show is a real live event. What seems like a simple (yet ingenious) set-up becomes more and more layered with each passing sequence. It’s just one of those works which should be seen whenever there is an opportunity to do so. I’m looking forward to seeing it again; the world is a very different place now.
2) CITIZEN PUPPET | Blind Summit
Very skilful theatre makers adapting a well-known story to uncover interesting new characters with a modern day twist… This sounds like great Fringe fun. Blind Summit are known for being leaders in puppetry, not to be missed at any festival. This is one of the first shows I put on my list.
3) DOWN & OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON | PIT and New Diorama
The New Diorama is still one of the most exciting small theatres in London. It’s the home of devised theatre for graduates, small companies and experienced artists. Every time their Artistic Director David starts writing a new show, you know it’s going to be worth a look. This show has a prime time slot in a top venue; everyone is clearly really excited about it, and so they should be.
4) FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT | Bryony Kimmings Ltd.
I’ve had to work quite hard not to hear anything about this new show from Bryonny Kimmings and I’m sure it will be on a lot of people’s lists this summer. I like experiencing her work blind, before the reviews and debate (and other clutter). Her piece a couple of years ago was the best thing I saw at the festival; I was lucky enough to catch it before the critics showered it with praise and it sold out. For me, she is an artist who has slaved to really find her voice (despite huge success early on) and I think she has a lot to say. I’m happy and excited to listen.
5) AM I DEAD YET? | Unlimited
“Death is no longer a moment. It’s a process. A process that can be reversed.” This new show from two pretty awesome theatre makers will be sold out by the end of the first week of the festival probably, so book ASAP. They are also part of the Edinburgh Showcase (Check out the 2015 Edinburgh Showcase).
6) THE CHRISTIANS | The Gate
I think this looks really interesting, obviously a company with a true fringe vintage (or ‘frintage’ if you will), but throw in an intriguing take on a subject which totally fascinates me and a full scale choir and it’s just impossible to resist. I’ll be grabbing a preview ticket though as the Traverse tickets continue to get more and more unaffordable.
7) HOTEL PARADISO | Familie Flöz
I first saw Familie Floz about 12 years ago. They totally blew my mind and I have searched the Fringe guide every year since hoping to see them. I haven’t seen this show, I know its an old one so expect very, very tight physical comedy and beautiful, full mask work.
8) ISLANDS | Caroline Horton & Co
Caroline Horton, who is obviously a brilliant theatrical mind, and her army of hideous scumbags (only scumbags in the show, lovely in real life) made a show. People loved it, people hated it. But everyone had something to say about it. Exeunt ran an awesome debate (Read the debate about Islands in Exeunt) between some of its critics – their discussion and contrasting opinions on the work was the best ‘review’ I’ve ever read, I think. I loved ISLANDS’s balls-out approach to a deeply complex and terrifyingly relevant idea. I saw a work-in-progress in Cambridge which was about 5 hours long, then I saw the streamlined version at The Bush – I’m excited to see how it goes down in Edinburgh. If you don’t see this show, you will be left out of the best conversations in the bar…
9) BACKSTAGE IN BISCUIT LAND | Touretteshero
I missed this last time it was at the festival and lots of people have told me to check it out. I have only heard brilliant things about these guys from people I trust. So that’s it, I’m going! See you there?!
10) ARC and EVERY ACTION | Ockham’s Razor
I was lucky enough to have been part of an aerial workshop with these guys about 6 years ago. They are all brilliant. In recent years they have become leaders in their field and this is a wonderful opportunity to catch two of their astonishing pieces in a brand new venue!
Now, here’s another 50 or so:
BROMANCE | DOUGLAS | DREAMING IN CODE | 4X4: EPHEMERAL ARCHITECTURES | R.I.O.T. | O! GLORIOUS YOUTH | SMASH IT UP | SMOTHER | YAMA | POLYPHONY | A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING | TOMORROW | 17 BORDER CROSSINGS | ANTIWORDS | EVERY BRILLIANT THING | BUTTERFLY | FRANKS AND SKINNER PRESENT: MYSELF AND MYSELF | THE ASSEMBLY OF ANIMALS | TITUS ANDRONICUS: AN ALL-FEMALE PRODUCTION | THE FRANTIC CANTICLES OF LITTLE BROTHER FISH | THAT PAIR: LETTING IT GO | THE WONDERFUL DISCOVERY OF WITCHES IN THE COUNTY OF LANCASTER | THE LITVINENKO PROJECT | BE BETTER | THE GIRL WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MOON | BIG SHOT | BLIND MAN’S SONG | BOXED IN | BROKEN WINDOWS | BRUTE | CAPTAIN MORGAN 1: THE SANDS OF TIME | CAN I START AGAIN PLEASE | THE COLOURS OF KENNY ROACH | CONFIRMATION | CURRENT LOCATION | EDMUND THE LEARNED PIG | FIVE FEET IN FRONT | FOXFINDER | GOING VIRAL | GOODSTOCK | HAIR PEACE | THE HAMPSTEAD MURDER MYSTERY! | HOORAY FOR ALL KINDS OF THINGS | I AM BEAST | I’M NOT HERE RIGHT NOW | LIGHT BOXES | THE MONEY | NDEBELE FUNERAL | NOW LISTEN TO ME VERY CAREFULLY | OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR | POLICE COPS | PORTRAITS IN MOTION | THE RED CHAIR | ROWAN JAMES: EASY FOR YOU TO SAY | THE SOAKING OF VERA SHRIMP | A SUDDEN BURST OF BLINDING LIGHT | THE TEMPTATION OF ST ANTHONY | TOMORROW’S PARTIES | TONIGHT WITH DONNY STIXX | WRITING
10 was too hard.