The Edinburgh Fringe is huge, confusing and great fun. However, navigating your way through the melange of the good the bad and the indifferent is a massive task in itself. Me and my brother in arms, David Tooley are on our annual pilgrimage to seek out new joys and new experiences; here are a few of the highlights so far
NSFW is a Not I theatre company production, on at the Space in Niddrie Street, it is a little classic. Running to just over and hour this is a searing indictment of the how the print media in particular portrays women. As Mister Tooley says: Taking 2 views on the way society sees women’s bodies. One from a lads’ mag perspective; the other a women’s mag. The lads mag prints sexy pix of a 14 year old girl… and all the thoughts around that were very well done. The women’s mag was interested in pointing out the flaws in female bodies. But does the first inform the latter?
Satire at its best. Well worth a tenner.
At Bannermans, Trevor Lock’s Community Circle is a clever, inventive and off the wall hour. A show that really isn’t a show but a virtuoso performance, interactive and witty, just sit back and enjoy.
As the papers say – ‘The most fun you can have without taking your clothes off’ ***** (Mirror). ‘A show like no other’ (Scotsman). ‘Utterly improbable, absolutely entertaining’ (Independent).
Now to be honest I didn’t expect much from this show, however, the young lady pushing the flyer at us was so enthusiastic we felt it would be churlish not to go. It was smashing, an enthralling hour as Abigoliah rummaged through her life as a yoga instructor, marathon runner and, amongst other things, a lover of musicals. Her wit and intelligence shone through as she pulled apart our attempts to reach some accommodation with the world around us. A little gem.