Edinburgh Festival Fringe blog!

Posted by Leonie Harris

Edinburgh Festival Fringe blog!

After three years of being involved with LOV I was delighted to be offered a place on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival trip with the aim of selecting the best and most appropriate shows to suggest bringing back to the various LOV venues in Lincolnshire.

Monday 8th August 2016:

Arriving in Edinburgh was very exciting to me as I had never visited Scotland previously and was astounded by the beauty of the architecture and my new surroundings, not only this but our apartment was perfect which helped make settling in easier. Not long after we arrived at our apartment I went to see a show entitled Water on Mars with two other members of the group, the show had previously been described as the ‘future of juggling’ as well as a ‘diabolical playground experiment’ so I was excited to watch. It was thoroughly enjoyed by the whole audience. Later that night, we all went to watch a comedy show together as a group, the show was called Just the Tonic Comedy Club. This featured a line up of three comedians performing stand up. Some of us then stayed out a little while after to explore the Fringe nightlife.

Tuesday 9th August 2016:

The morning of the second day comprised of only one 80 minute show at 11:30 which I attended with one other member of the group, this show was called Once and neither of us knew what to expect other than the small description which claimed it was a ‘groundbreaking masterpiece of love, longing and laughter’. The performance was a physical theatre piece with a number of great reviews, how ever I found it completely unintelligible and extremely bizarre, thus found it hard to enjoy and would say it was one of my least favourite pieces I watched at the Fringe Festival. At 1:25pm I had another show, Last Dream (On Earth), which I attended with two other group members. This was an audio show and on entry all audience members were given a pair of headphones to put on. This was one of my favourite shows I watched at the Fringe as it was a truly eye opening show that made you think long after it had finished.

Later that afternoon I went to a one hour show with another group member, this show was called One Day Moko and was an emotionally engaging piece of theatre that told the story of a homeless man, using real encounters with those living on the streets. The show was memorable as the character interacted with the audience, making the show more personal, heartfelt and meaningful.

That evening I attended another show, this one lasting 90 minutes, with one other group member; this show was called Blank and was one of my favourites from the Fringe. This show was described as a new writing, story telling piece with the play becoming a ‘story machine’ to share the life story of the playwright, the performer and a random audience member. Other audience members were used to fill in a number of blanks in the playwright’s script, thus completing his/hers story.

Finally, the last show I saw that day was called Elixir and was possibly the best show I saw at the Fringe - this was a mesmerising dance, physical theatre and circus based show consisting of three men who performed crazy acrobatics using a swinging trapeze, a cyr wheel and a teeterboard.The show was humorous, fun, exciting and the audience loved it; not only this but I got a piggy back off of one of the acrobats, making the show even better.

Wednesday 10th August 2016:

My first show on this day didn’t start until 12:05 which meant I had the whole morning free to explore Edinburgh and all the wonderful things it had to offer. The whole atmosphere of the Fringe was amazing and the diversity it brought to the city was inspiring; walking around the city between shows was one of my favourite things I got to do throughout the trip. My 12.05 show was called If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming, and was a vivid depiction of the portrayal of women in today's society; the show was imaginative, thoughtful and completely bonkers with the performer ending up stark naked by the end of the show.

My second show of the day was called Love, Lies and Taxidermy; the show was a comedic theatre piece with a great cast however, compared to all the other crazy stuff I saw at Fringe, there was nothing mind-blowing or particularly inspiring. The next show I went to go and see was called 1 Woman, a Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines, the performer was a comedian and had based her show upon her obsession with Professor Brian Cox. The performer, Samantha Baines, was witty and used puns and audience interaction to make the audience laugh, it was a good, engaging show but sadly not as crazy as some of the other stuff I got to see at Fringe. The last show of that day was Helen Duff: Come With Me, it was described by the Australia Times as an "absolutely shameless, boldly ridiculous, embarrassingly funny journey". "We’re on a quest for self-satisfaction and self-acceptance, and the pun in the title of Helen Duff’s show on the female orgasm is one we’re encouraged to shout out at the top of the hour. Dressed as a sperm, then a vagina, then as herself, Duff takes us through the different stages of her journey, from research and online surveys to more practical experimentation". The show was completely bonkers but also extremely hilarious and one of my most memorable from the Fringe.

Thursday 11th August 2016:

This was, sadly, the last day of fringe and therefore our schedules were clear to choose shows that we may have heard about throughout our time in Edinburgh. I went to watch a show with another group member (I can’t remember the show’s name) but it was a theatre piece about a school shooting. It was a good show and was performed in an interesting way considering the sensitive subject of the play, the use of stage was effective as well as use of comedy to engage the audience and it managed to keep me awake despite my extreme tiredness. For the rest of the day I walked around Edinburgh and got a final look at all the sights before we had to leave for Waverly train station and wave goodbye to fringe.

Written by Young People's Programme member, Abbi