EdFests2019

Review: Right In The Eye – Live Movie-Concert of Georges Méliès’ Films, Fringe 2019 Rating 80%

Review: Right In The Eye – Live Movie-Concert of Georges Méliès’ Films, Fringe 2019

Entering the dimly lit, black-curtained performance room with its ceiling muffled in rococo stone roses and pomegranates in Edinburgh’s French Institute feels like creeping into an old jewellery box to escape the Fringe’s buzz. But the performance that is about to take place is everything but dusty: French multi-instrumentalist Jean-François Alcoléa’s musical brainchild Right in the Eye, a live concert designed as a soundtrack to a series of silent films by the father of special effects, Georges Méliès, is an exuberant mixed-media feast full of experimental verve.

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Review: Cadaver Synod, Fringe 2019 Rating 85%

Review: Cadaver Synod, Fringe 2019

Cadaver Synod tells the story of the posthumous trial of Pope Formosus, who reigned in Rome from 891 to 896 AD – and who was ignominiously dug up nine months after his death, to be put on trial for perjury by Stephen VI, his successor’s successor. The production (Robin Osman director, Reality Funds Theatre) begins right in the thick of things, opening on a conversation between Stephen and Ageltrude, Queen of Italy (played with a self-assured arrogance by Andrea Linhova, who is utterly convincing in the role) – where the idea for the synod is hit upon.

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Review: BoxedIn Theatre Presents – The Voices We Hear, Fringe 2019 Rating 50%

Review: BoxedIn Theatre Presents – The Voices We Hear, Fringe 2019

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 theatre

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Lizzy Shakespeare: Kill The Princess is an exploration of gender through the lens of fairytale archetypes

What happens when the glass slipper doesn’t fit? Is it time to put a bullet in the princess’ head? In a savagely playful subversion of identity, Lecoq/LISPA-trained clowns, poets and storytellers Lizzy Shakespeare and Michelle Madsen upend beliefs and expectations in a fantastic game, using clown, spoken word and live art to create a genre-defying work which teases and provokes. Kill The Princess is at the Fringe for the month of August, The Fountain caught up with Lizzy to tell us more about the show.

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Ambika Mod: Within this main narrative we weave in and out of tight, witty sketches which range from observational to a bit more absurd

Former stars of the multi award-winning Durham Revue, and future Fringe legends Andrew and Ambika present a new sketch show, complete with séance. From dying onstage to straight-up dying, this is how two friends fill their time whilst waiting for the dead to arrive. From winners of the Derek Award for Best Sketch Show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and 2017, Children of the Quorn™ is in Edinburgh for the month of August. The Fountain caught up with Ambika about the show.

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Kit Redstone: I wanted to make a show where I staged three of my most dominant alter personalities

A dark comedy about the epic battles and alliances within the psyche and the beautiful power of the mind to protect itself from pain. Max wants to tell you a story, he’s not sure why or even who he is; savage, peacekeeper or critic. But he’s hoping you’ll be able to help. From award-winning writer Kit Redstone, writer of Testosterone, who spoke with The Fountain about his Fringe show, Passengers.

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Scott Kyle: This show combines both and celebrates the men and women who sacrificed so much

1914. Edinburgh’s Heart of Midlothian Football Club have won nineteen matches and are on the brink of winning the League Championship. In a show of extraordinary camaraderie and courage, thirteen players enlist to serve in McCrae’s Battalion. This is their story: an evocative, atmospheric and dramatic journey through Tynecastle Park Stadium in a unique, immersive, site-specific performance. Scott Kyle spoke with The Fountain about A War of Two Halves.

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David Byrne: The audience join us at the epicentre of the biggest manhunt in British police history

It’s 1975. The Millgarth Incident Room is the epicentre of the biggest manhunt in British police history. Follow Sergeant Megan Winterburn as she joins hundreds of officers working around the clock to find the man known as the Yorkshire Ripper. With public pressure mounting, the investigation resorts to increasingly audacious attempts to catch one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers. From the award-winning creators of Secret Life of Humans and Down and Out in Paris and London, New Diorama go behind the scenes and investigate the case that broke the British police force. David Byrne from New Diorama spoke with The Fountain about The Incident Room and his plans for this month.

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