Edinburgh Fringe is now finished and it was great to see that some Manchester based performers had a sprinkling of wonderful things around the festival this year, featuring Lowry supported Kill The Beast, who was a favourite amongst the critics and the public, winning best show from The Stage – a well deserved win with their slick staging and nostalgic 80s vibes.
A promise to myself for next year is to diversify my theatre experience and seek out work from BAME artists or companies from non-english speaking countries. Whilst easy to justify when seeing dance or physical theatre, I have only seen one show with any sort of bi or multilingual element to it, which is actually appalling. Whilst trying to create a cohesive and comprehensive timetable of shows, next year is the year I research more thoroughly on shows that widen my theatre experience and seek out companies without the tunnel vision of buzz shows.
And because there is always never enough time to see it all, it is fantastic to see that some shows are making an appearance at HOME’s Orbit 2016 in October, including the well reviewed Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – a new show by Walrus Theatre. Pains Plough presents EVERY BRILLIANT THING is coming to Preston at the beginning of September, another show I failed to see, but heard wonderful things about.
My visit this year was quite short but was luckily enough to have media accreditation for A Younger Theatre, so here is a very brief list of what I enjoyed this year (full reviews were originally written for A Younger Theatre):
Wrecked Although comfort levels may not be to everyone’s taste, Fever Dream’s site specific show provides an intensely intimate experience that goes beyond the gimmick of sitting in one of the smallest venues at the Fringe.
Solo Date was part of the fringe’s Taiwan season, celebrating new writing from across the other side of the world.
Camille is a real gem of a show, a biography made with such anger about a woman who’d been through a lifetime of pain and injustice. An absolute pleasure to watch, and a masterclass in physical theatre.
All of me is an incredibly likeable show, with never a dull moment, creating such a strong rhythm that it’s hard to lose focus on Burgess’ immaculate stage presence. Its crashing and dramatic ending can only be the perfect ending to a short and snappy play that pushes the boundary of new writing.
Blank – The script provides a playful mix of interaction and space for thought, signifying clever insight into how to create communities within participatory theatre.