Edinburgh Fringe: Chaplin

Chaplin isn’t the easiest subject to take on in just over an hour, but this small production tried and I think that they did it quite well actually. They told his story very well even though there’s a lot to tell and it was a very complex story indeed. But overall I enjoyed the performance.

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Canterbury Tales

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This was a great production of the Canterbury Tales. Only a part of it of course as the show was only an hour and a half I think. But it was very well done by a large group of teenagers who I’m pretty sure I saw last year doing The Agamemnon, which was incredible.

They’re certainly a group who I’d see again.

Edinburgh Fringe: Anthem for a Doomed Youth

I’m a big fan of Guy Masterson’s work. His “Under Milk Wood” was incredible, so when I’m in Edinburgh I always make an effort to see whatever it is that he’s in. This year the only thing that he was doing that coincided with my time at the fringe was “Anthem for a Doomed Youth”. His readings of World War 1 poetry. It was very good. Very powerful, and as always with Guy Masterson, full of emotion and meaning and at times, even humor.

At some point I’d love to see his “Under Milk Wood” again. I really hope he performs it somewhere I can get to at some point.

Edinburgh Fringe: The Hive

Another really good show this year at the fringe was “The Hive”. This was a sort of post-apocalyptic piece about a society where everyone was separated from each other. A set of interesting and somewhat compelling ideas, but most of all I enjoyed how it was presented. The music, set and physical nature of the show were excellent, and whilst I think it suffered from a lull towards the end, it was, on the whole, really well put together.

The performances were also very well executed and I think that the company producing it have a lot to offer.

Edinburgh Fringe: Bromance

A truly astounding piece of dance / physical theatre. Visually it was totally amazing and I loved it. I’m not sure I entirely got what the piece was actually about, but then that’s true of a lot of dance pieces I go to, so probably says more about me than the piece itself or the performers. Having said all that, I can safely say that I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this or even anything close before. It was unique as far as I’m concerned, and thoroughly enjoyable too.

I’d certainly take the opportunity to see it again.

Edinburgh Fringe: Shakespeare for Breakfast

This is one of my favourite shows at the Fringe. One of those that I always go to see. Which ever play, or indeed, whatever number of them are mashed up it’s always good. Always fun, always inventive. This year was no different at all. It was a great show, lots of popular culture references and plenty of mentions about the referendum too.

Shakespeare for Breakfast has become an institution and long may it continue.

National Theatre: Medea

This has got to be one of the best productions I’ve seen in ages. When I say seen, what I actually mean is that I saw it via the National Theatre Live rather than being there in person. Having said that, it’s a pretty good experience. It isn’t as good as actually being there, but it is a very very close second.

The production itself was, in my opinion, flawless. The music, the individual performances, the set, the choreography, all completely brilliant. But by far the best was the lead play by Helen McCrory was stunning. It isn’t often you see a performance with this depth and conviction. Completely believable and completely stunning. I was mesmerised.

Also the music was excellent and worked so well with the physical elements of the production.

In hindsight, I wish I had actually been at the NT to see it, but it wasn’t possible. However, it has made me much more aware of other productions that I really should try and get to.