Sunday, 30 August 2015
Friday, 28 August 2015
Thursday, 27 August 2015
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
If you're stopping to admire their art enough to take a picture, pay for the product. It doesn't even have to be much, just a small token of gratitude. Can you tell I've been reading Amanda Palmer's "The Art of Asking"?
Saturday, 22 August 2015
It always does.
Friday, 21 August 2015
Thursday, 20 August 2015
4. I Am Not Myself These Days (Pleasance Courtyard)
3. I Worried My Heart Wasn't Big Enough (Forest Fringe)
2. Jonny and the Baptists: The End is Nigh (Roundabout@Summerhall)
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Sunday, 16 August 2015
Every Brilliant Thing - Summerhall - 2.05pm
Going Viral - Summerhall - 2.10pm
Ushers: The Front of House Musical - Momentum@St Stephens - 9.30pm
Lisa Gornick's Live Drawing Show - Gilded Balloon - 1.30pm
Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl - Gilded Balloon - 6.30pm
No Strings - TheSpace at Surgeons Hall - 8.20pm
501 Things I Do in my Bedroom - Just the Tonic at the Caves - 1pm
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Friday, 14 August 2015
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
On the bus this morning, I stared out the window at the sheer volume of people - all the people, so many people. Yes, I'm singing it... in my head, not out loud because I'm on the bus again and that would be annoying for the other passengers. They wouldn't complain of course, I have a lovely singing voice....
Yeah. Anyway, back to topic. So I was looking at the many, many people and just thinking about how they are all stars in their own little plays. We're all here watching other people's stories, but there are so many stories going on around us all the time....
Which made me think of my comment the other evening about how there was theatre to be found just wandering around Edinburgh, amongst these people, catching snippets of conversation. So this evening I've noted two instances which I illustrate this point:
Emma: I just want to be happy
Emmas friend: Emma you are happy, happiness doesn't mean everything is alright, it just means ---
(I didn't hear the end of that exchange as I'd already rushed in and out of their world. I'm sure the ending was profound though.)
The second was an exchange between an older gentleman, 2 concerned young girls who had been passing by and the police.
It would seem the older gentleman had his bag stolen by a man who claimed the older gentleman had stolen it from him....
(Interesting tactic - but there's also an interesting story there)
I have also seen actual theatre today too. In fact, I've had a busy day of 4 shows which, given my lazy late start, I'm impressed with. It's actually the most I've seen in a day so far.
I was only reviewing one officially, so a shout out for two others I've seen today.
The first will do fine on its own, it's in the underbelly cow in George Square gardens. A A capella group called Gobsmacked... and I really was. They're all great but the beat boxer was phenomenal... The effects her could do just with his vocal chords.... no words.
The second may need a little more help. He's a stand up comedian in assembly George st studio 4 called Chris Kent who made me laugh out loud lots. And not just polite laughter, this was genuine involuntary laughter. I'm nervous about seeing stand up in small venues generally, in case it's not funny, which can be painfully awkward. I needn't have worried with this one, as I laughed from start to finish and he deserves more of an audience.
On the cards for tomorrow is a nice, looooonng lie in with no alarm **cries with relief** then later in the day I'll be meeting up with another journo I met here to see a shit scary show. Will we make it to the end?... Find out in the next episode.
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Where is all the Wifi? I mean, seriously, in this day and age surely free Wifi should be an essential? I can't believe the amount of larger venues that are just ignoring this need. Fair play to Pleasance, the dome has been my home (ha, rhyming) for my reviewing needs. Smaller venues like summerhall and zoo are trying hard to provide Wifi... They may not be able to meet demand, but they are trying, dammit. The will is there.
So what's your excuse underbelly, gilded balloon, assembly? Surely you have the means to provide good quality Wifi for the good paying customers, the artists, technicians and, of course, critics. Get it together.
Oh well, I can always wait for a bus to pass and snatch seconds of Wifi on the move.
I've been trying to catch a bit of circus over the last few days at underbelly's new circus hub.
I saw bromance in the Beauty tent yesterday. Those boys are FIT... I mean in the athletic sense of course *ahem*. Their production manages to be funny as well as a spectacle with little more than a giant hula hoop to assist them.
On the other hand, Dolls at the Lafeyette tent uses a large set. I'm still not 100% sure on the story of this one, but it seems to me some sort of apocalyptic landscape. The set is beautiful and atmospheric but the show itself wouldn't be enough without that as a crutch.
This is why bromance is the winner in the circus battle for me.
Today has been completely free for me on the show front. Two to review and a chance encounter in a queue at the first show with a guy who had spare free tickets to a show I wanted to see that day = major score.
I did want to fit a few more shows in today, but as a 2for1 day lots was sold out and this eve I decide to come back early(ish) because I'm not feeling too great.
Oh, and I was also excited to see a quote from one of my reviews last year being used on a poster. I was worried back then that it had been a stupid comparison that no one would get, but it turns out the performer herself was happy enough with it to put it on a poster. Let that be a lesson, self doubt (self doubt never learns lessons, nasty bastard)