Even from the moment we stepped onto Edinburgh High Street in the pouring rain lugging our bags from the train I knew it was going to be a good week. You could just feel the atmosphere of what was to come. Walking down the high street we were handed dozens of flyers about various performances, saw street artists such as magicians, stunt performers, dancers, and musicians. The streets were bustling; it was loud and crowded but you don’t mind when you’re genuinely interested and want to know what’s going on.
The thing I found about the Fringe Festival is that there is something for everyone. There really is if your with your family there are kids shows, if you can’t afford a lot there are street performances and performances that are part of the Free Fringe, if your with your partners and want something a little more adult, there are sex classes (that is not a lie there is a class called the Wank Bank Masterclass) and of course if your there for theatre, it’s everywhere in its many shapes and forms.
It’s also a great place to make some contacts if this is the industry you want to be involved in. Those of you who read my blog will know that I recently created a business card for the purpose of taking it up to Edinburgh to test the waters to see how well it would work. And I’m not gunna lie it went down pretty damn well. I wasn’t just throwing it at people, I gave my card to specific artists/creatives who I thought it would be a benefit for me to know. These included performers, directors, an agent or two. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all going to get in touch, maybe none of them will, but I have noticed an increase in activity of people viewing my website and facebook page so it’s doing something.
I was also going to do a review about the shows that I saw, but looking back I know this is impossible to do, during the week I easily saw a dozen shows, and that’s just me counting them off the top of my head. So instead here are the top 5 recommendations of performances to see at Edinburgh (in no particular order):
Baby Wants Candy. This is a musical theatre group who create a new show every single night! No two shows are the same. When the show begins the actors ask audience members to shout out what the title should be of the show, once they have agreed on one the show begins. Improvisation, comedy and music at its finest.
Driftwood. This performance was a circus act, which included physical theatre, contemporary dance, gymnastics, ariel hoops and trapeze artists. With only 5 performers enclosed in a small performance space of a circus tent meant there was no room for errors. You are hypnotised by the movement and strength displayed in this piece.
Giant was the name of the performance created by Human Zoo whose performance tells a moving story of three generations living together. They achieve this through clowning and physical theatre but also includes puppetry and live music. If you’re looking for something a little different watch this show!
Another Fucking Variety Show. Is exactly what it says, this late night show hosts a variety of acts including a woman who loves headstands, a drag queen, a comedian and loads more, this show has something for everyone….over the age of 18.
And finally ‘Axis of Awesome’ this is a show that I had prebooked to see and I’m so glad I did. I learnt about this musical trio a few years ago from their hit song ‘4 Chords’ they are youtube sensations. This show will have you in stitches with their witty songs, comic timing and the fact that they are having just as much fun up there aswell.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is still going on for another couple weeks until the 29th August! If you have a few spare days get there see some shows, meet the performers and enjoy! xxx