This time of year, I always write a blog about the shows I’ve seen during the festival season. 2015 has been an interesting season because it’s the first since 2008 that I’ve not been working within the festivals and so I’ve not been in the thick of it all, completely absorbed in the work and play of the Fringe.
One thing for sure, I saw fewer shows than I have in previous years (2014: 28, 2013: 30, 2012: 28, 2011:37, 2010: 30, 2009: 19) but, for the first time in a long time, I had time for things outside the Fringe and the festivals. I went to the cinema (twice), visited friends outside of Edinburgh, met friends for shows and dinner, made dinner for myself (this is super unusual in August!) and, well, I had a life! I was very glad to have some time and space to myself I also felt that I got a chance to absorb the work and take it in, rather than rushing around to either another show or to work.
My 2015 list of shows are:
- The Harmonium Project
- Puddles Pity Party
- 4×4 Ephemeral Architectures
- Booking Dance
- The Encounter
- Going Viral
- Andrew Doyle
- Simon Munnery – Fylm School
- Funmbi Omotayo: Legal Immigrant
- Miss Behaves’s Gameshow
- Beauty of the Beast
- Light Boxes
- The Big Cabaret Gala in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
- The Big Comedy Gala in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
- Fake It til You Make It
If I were to pick out some stand out work it would be The Encounter (exquisite theatre) and Fake It til You Make It (heart-wrenching and thought provoking). I also thoroughly enjoyed hanging out, but not really going to anything, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival – it’s so chill at Charlotte Square!
So, a different year for me – some good, some bad – but all in all a great experience for 2015!
What were your favourite shows of 2015?