It’s been a crazy few weeks, but having spent three weeks on tour with Fat Git Theatre company – in Winchester, Beverley and Edinburgh – and getting some brilliant reviews and interest in the company (more information to follow), it’s probably time to pass on some of the gems of the festival – sixteen shows in thirteen days!
Along with some fairly arbitrary personal star ratings… Pick of my fringe:
curious directive – Your Last Breath – ****
FellSwoop Theatre – Belleville Rendez-vous – ***** – with a transfer to London and Stratford this month, a must-see so check them out now!
RashDash – Scary Gorgeous – *** – was never going to live up to Another Someone, and felt like the premise was literally being shoved down my throat.
Gomito Productions – The Alchemystorium – **** – perfect escapist three-piece ensemble.
Theatre Ad Infinitem – Translunar Paradise – ***** (I’d give six if I could) – transferred to The Lowry in Salford this week, see it there if you can. They’re also expected at the London Mime Festival 2012, definitely getting myself a ticket.
Ontroerend Goed – Audience – *** – wins the prize for the most provoking piece, however, starting some serious debates in our Edinburgh flat…
ACE Productions – The Overcoat – *** – our fellow Gogol performers, slightly disappointing save for the central performace from Billy Mack, who won The Stage Award for Acting for his efforts.
Wishbone Theatre – Bashir Lazhar – **** – took me a really long time to work out whether I liked this or not…
Belt Up Theatre – The Boy James – *** – don’t know. Just didn’t quite do it for me.
Theatre Movement Bazaar – Anton’s Uncles – ***** – incredible movement-based interpretation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Laben eat your heart out.
PartingShot – One Under – **** – tidy, slick and truthful devised theatre about the Tube, out of Oxford University
Acorn Productions – Mojo – **** – excellent version of Jez Butterworth’s first play, particularly good performances.
Blind Summit – The Table – ***** – brilliant puppetry and a perfect way to end the festival.
Dan Canham – 30 Cecil Street– ***** – so good. Unspeakably good. See this man if you can.
Watch this space for more information on The Nose and future Fat Git projects!