Edinburgh Fringe: The Ukulele Evangelists Bang One Out

This show was one of those that you really only get to see at Edinburgh. Unique is the only word to describe it I think. It was a joy to watch. Inventive, funny and just full of surprises and fun. I did get the impression that the audience didn’t entirely know what to make of it, which in itself was quite funny. But I loved it, and I think that it’s shows like this that are what keep the Edinburgh Fringe fresh and alive.

Edinburgh Fringe: Beowulf The Blockbuster

This was a truly wonderful one man show. Executed beautifully with incredible craftsmanship. I loved every minute of the show and I can’t think of anything even remotely negative to say about it at all. Perhaps if you were expecting a performance of Beowulf that was very close to the text you might be disappointed, but if you’d been to the fringe before you probably wouldn’t have those kind of expectations of anything.

I loved it, and I’ll certainly be looking out for something by the same company next year.

Edinburgh Fringe: The Bunker Trilogy – Agamemnon

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This was one of if not the best show I saw in Edinburgh this year. The Agamemnon is one of my favourite plays, as is the Orestia as a whole, but this version, set in a World War One bunker was incredible. The audience was actually placed inside the bunker with the cast and the proximity and intensity of the production made this a completely one off experience.

The performances were excellent. The set was brilliant. Yes, it probably was the best thing I saw all week.

Edinburgh Fringe: Sherlock Holmes The Hound of the Baskervilles

This was a great one man show. I do like some Sherlock Holmes and this performance really delivered. Great accents and characterisation with a minimal set. I always find it interesting to see how different companies interpret Holmes. From the TV versions in the US and the UK, to the films, all of which I like in their own ways. However, I do think that stage is a great way to see Holmes, and this was a lovely production. Really well done.

Edinburgh Festival: Pirates and Mermaids

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This is possibly one of the best pieces of theatre / storytelling I’ve seen in a long time. The audience was limited to 8 people per show, which was an hour and a half long. It was incredible. We were asked to our phones on silent but not to turn them off. A strange request, but one that made sense. I won’t tell you why, but if you get the chance to see this show, see it. You won’t regret it, I promise.