It’s been great.
It always is.
Have I seen a life-changer yet?
Not sure I have, but I’ve seen a lot of class.
I hate star ratings, but for convenience I have chosen this methodology to save time.
Those in bold are official Edinburgh Festival shows
The Patient Gloria – Traverse. Outstanding theatre about a psychotherapy experiment from the 60’s by Abbey Theatre
Baby Reindeer – Richard Gadd’s masterpiece in the Roundabout at Summerhall. Awe inspiring performance and story
Villagers – The best live performance at Leith Theatre. Perfection
This is the Kit – (No this was). A sublime performance both by TITK and support and beautifully lit by Grant Anderson. Outstanding sound quality.
The Incident Room – superb story about the Yorkshire Ripper enquiry at The Pleasance
Peter Gynt – outstanding and hilarious take on mid 19th century classic at Festival Theatre
The Shark is Broken – Jaws – the back story at Assembly. An amazing and very, very funny three-hander by actors playing Robert Shaw, Rod Steiger and Richard Dreyfuss
Anna Calvi – wonderful performance at Leith Theatre
Crocodile Fever – tremendous co-pro between The Lyric Belfast and The Traverse.
Fish Bowl – Hilarious French physical comedy at The Pleasance
The Last of The Pelican Daughters – very funny Pleasance show that I had to leave after 30 minutes due to fire alarm
Oedipus – Would have been five stars but for the subtitles. The Kings
Shit – Ultra-sweary, hilarious but deeply moving Ausie show at Summerhall. Brilliant.
Nightclubbing – Grace Jones inspired Summerhall Performance art.
Kala Kuti Republic – Tremendous dance show about Fela Kuti. Met, and made best mates with, Bobby Gillespie at The Lyceum
Elgar’s Kingdom – Great tunes from The Halle and Edinburgh Festival Chorus. Rubbish lyrics. At the Usher Hall
Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation – outstandingly original NTS show by Tim Crouch. At Festival Theatre Studio.
Once on This Island – Forth Children’s Theatre. My own company’s show. A truly beautiful musical with a fabulous ensemble and several great performances
The Burning – great performances but treacle-like script, at The Pleasance
Cométe – nice festival opener – pub band that may have gone to 4**** with a bigger audience
Who Cares – polemical Summerhall stuff about the care system but no narrative to properly engage with
The Crucible – too hard a story to tell through dance at The Playhouse
Best of the Fest – mixed bag, not the best of the Fest or it would have been 5*****
Ed Gamble – Work in Progress gig. Great warm up chat but the ACTUAL material was…meh.
Trips and Falls – The spirit of the Fringe alive in this interesting but poorly cast and largely poorly performed Glasgow Uni production. The Chief of police and the Granny were good though.
Square go – Started great but fell away, Scottish playground romp at the amazing Roundabout, at Summerhall.
Teenage Fanclub – Boring. At Leith Theatre – left after 45 mins.
Twin Peaks – Show about breast cancer billed as a comedy but not funny.
Dynamite – it wasn’t – utter student improvisational crud by Bristol Uni Improv Soc. Felt sorry for the excellent small girl with a pony tail (Katie) – not enough to save her blushes.