Tuesday, 15 August 2017

#EdFringe 2017 Round Up | Week 2

This week has been particularly busy in Edinburgh and I've seen a wide variety of shows. Here are my hits and misses for week 2!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

#EdFringe 2017 Round Up | Week 1

For those of you that don't follow me on social media, you may not know that I am spending 6 weeks working in Edinburgh at the Fringe. I've been here for two weeks and, although shows didn't start performances until the 2nd August (or thereabouts), I've managed to squeeze a lot of shows into the past few days. Rather than write a full review of every show I've seen (sorry but I just don't have time for that this Fringe!) I thought I'd do a weekly-ish round-up of everything I've seen and let you know what's worth it and what isn't!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Twelfth Night | Grand Theatre

Twelfth Night is definitely one of my favourite Shakespeare plays (up there with As You Like It and A Comedy of Errors but that's a story for another post!) so when I saw that the Watermill Theatre were bringing a contemporary musical take of the play to my local theatre I couldn't resist picking myself up a ticket. Entering the auditorium, even before the performance has fully begun, I felt transported to a dusky jazz club with actors milling around the audience and serenading us with bluesy music. It created an intimate and relaxed atmosphere that set the scene for the rest of the performance.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Rotterdam | Arts Theatre

Where to start with Rotterdam? I don't usually struggle to find the words to talk about a piece of theatre (usually if I do it's because I didn't enjoy it) but I found this play to be so enjoyable and important that I'm not sure what I have to say will do it justice. In Rotterdam, Alice is about to come out to her parents when her girlfriend, Fiona, reveals she is actually a transgender man. Fiona becomes Adrian and the play is about the strain that this places on their relationship. It deals with issues about transitioning, gender and sexuality which are topics that some people have a lot of questions about in an age where trans people are slowly becoming more visible and accepted.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

La Cage Aux Folles | Grand Theatre

La Cage Aux Folles is a musical that won't fail to warm your heart. I knew very little about the show before the performance but I am so glad I got myself a ticket as this production is a treat from start to finish. Put aside the flashy costumes, set and wickedly humerus dialogue and what you're left with is a show with acceptance, love and family at it's core which is truly a wonderful thing and it's the balance between theatrical and sincere moments that make this show something special.
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