For the first five minutes, watching a stage play on a screen in a theatre is weird. But after that we forget and we immerse – bar the odd zoom in and theatrical bits of acting. It’s a long one at three hours and ten minutes (including a 15-minute interval) and to begin with, doesn’t seem to be a piece that can carry that duration. The opening scene is a dull bit of exposition, slightly over-egged by a few of the cast who seem to be better suited for the distance of stage than screen.Read More
The Greenhouse by BoxedIn Theatre is one of the few site-specific pop-ups at this year’s Fringe – and what an inspired one it is. Made completely from recycled materials, it’s a large wooden shack, with a clear corrugated roof, one dim Edison bulb for light and bench seating in the round. Built in the grounds of Dynamic Earth, it houses a range of plays about climate change. It’s contemporary, forward-thinking and ethical theatreRead More
This may well be my most trippy experience of the Fringe. We take our reclined cinema-style seats in the 360 degrees ShowDome (the nearest thing you’ll get to virtual reality without a headset) and relax. We are about to enter the weird and wonderful world of Pink Floyd, psychedelia and abstractionism.Read More
The Hendricks Gin experiences have been an annual fixture at the Fringe for some time. A few years ago I was lucky enough to get a seat on their bus, disguised as a giant cucumber no less, for an amusing and highly enjoyable elegant gin tea combined with a comedy guided city tour. Tickets were priced ridiculously low (it included a gin cocktail in a teapot, G&T and macaron for a few pounds), perhaps as it was being used chiefly as a marketing vehicle. Then last year they offered a brief free gin tasting comedy experience at their pop up in Assembly Gardens. In 2019 they have launched a paid and ticketed show.Read More
New Zealand company Java Dance Theatre is no stranger to the Fringe. Their site-specific, immersive Back of the Bus was a sell-out in 2014 and 2016. Now they present a new, multi-sensory piece about everyone’s favourite sweet treat.Read More
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