As has been the custom for the last four years, I’ve kept a list of all the shows I’ve managed to see during August. I haven’t managed to see as much this year, partly to do with the fact that I was busier than usual and I think in part due to the fact that my Grandmother died on 10 August and whilst I carried on at work for much of the time, I was definitely more tired than usual. Last year I made to 37 shows – I think I have set the bar too high – this year went to 28 – which is still good number of shows although not quite one a day.
The list is as follows:
- Macbeth: Who is that bloodied man? (theatre)
- Dante (dance and physical theatre)
- Angels (theatre)
- Pajama Men (comedy)
- Eddie Izzard, Trevor Noah and Michael Mittermeier (comedy)
- Nick Helm (comedy) (x2)
- Festival of the Spoken Nerd (comedy)
- The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide – Live!
- Ugly Sisters (x2)
- Othello – The Remix (theatre)
- Tatyana (Edinburgh International Festival)
- Morgan and West (magic show)
- Michael Palin (Edinburgh International Book Festival)
- Blink (theatre)
- Caesarean Section – Essays on Suicide (theatre)
- The Sewing Machine (theatre)
- Booking Dance – Split Bill (dance)
- Anne Enright (Edinburgh International Book Festival)
- Daniel Kitson (comedy)
- David O’Doherty (comedy)
- Michael Mittermeier (comedy)
- The Rape of Lucrece (International Festival)
- Daniel Kitson (theatre)
- Trevor Noah (comedy)
- La Clique Royale (cabaret)
- Translunar Paradise (theatre)
- Juilliard (EIF)
- Claudia O’Doherty (comedy)
There were three shows I really enjoyed. The first was The Ugly Sisters by a theatre company called RashDash. It was a rethinking on the story of Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters and was a mixture of music, theatre and cabaret. The second was Othello – the remix which was a hip hop version of Shakespeare’s play – a four man cast who carried out all parts with ease, precision and humour – everyone I know that went to it came out having thoroughly enjoyed it! Finally – Nick Helm – really enjoyed last year too and it was a great end to the last day of the Fringe.
A lot of people often make the assumption that working at the festivals means you get lots of ticket for free – for me this is not the case! I think I might blog about the ticket prices at a later date as the pricing is something which I find quite interesting.