Monday, July 28, 2014

The Domino Effect and other shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

For the first time in 5 years, I've got a new show on at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

The Domino Effect is a new play for Mulberry Theatre Company, the production wing of Mulberry School in East London, with whom I have a creative partnership stretching back ten years. From 2007-2009 we took a new play to Edinburgh every year, and in 2009 we became the first British state school ever to be awarded a Scotsman fringe First, for our show The Unravelling. In 2010, four of our plays were published in a volume by Nick Hern Books. Mulberry has since had their own theatre built on site, and been the hosts of Schoolwrights, the UK's first playwrights-in-schools training scheme. You can read more about my work with Mulberry here, and more about The Domino Effect specifically (and how to book tickets) here.

But that's enough about that. Those of you who have been tempted here via social media may well have clicked through on the promise of getting my personal list of recommendations for the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. So here they are.

The usual caveats apply - I know next to nothing about most of these; they tend to be ones on when I am there at the start and great shows on later in the month may well not be listed; last time I walked out of 50% of what I saw... etc, etc. (It's also not all theatre - there's some comedy and other stuff like magic in there. We all need some time off.) The Fringe is nothing if not a great leveller. It's also no secret that there is no quality control - most shows are dreadful. I see it as like being a gambler. You will lose a lot - time, money, the will to live - before a big win comes along which (hopefully) makes it all worthwhile.

I've categorised my choices into Top Picks, Worth a Punt and Total Risks. There is also a separate list of shows which might suit teenagers, seeing as I will be there with some and looking for stuff to take them to.

Anyway, enjoy. And don't blame me if they're all rubbish. Apart from The Domino Effect obviously, which is the only one which has my personal guarantee. But then all the other shows will have their makers' guarantees too. 

That's Edinburgh for you.

Top Picks

At The Illusionist's Table
The Domino Effect
Ian D Montfort
Light
Robert Newman's New Theory of Evolution
Seance
Spoiling
Stewart Lee
Symphony
The Post Show
Tom Binns


Worth A Punt

5x15
A Play, A Pie and a Pint
Americana Road Trip

Baba Brinkman: A Rap Guide to Religion
Beats North
Blind Hamlet
Bonenkai
Bottleneck
Broke
Chef
The Devil Without
Early Doors
The Eradication of Schizophrenia in the Western World
The Initiate
Little On The Inside
The Lu-Tings
The Man Who Almost Killed Himself
Mental
Now's The Hour
Peter Antoniou: Happy Medium
Philosorap Cabaret
Pioneer
Standby for Tape Backup
Strange Resting Places
Swing
Thinking Drinkers
The Trip
Theatre On A Long Thin Wire
Unsung


Total Risks

Bad Boys: Whisky Theatre
Baron Conspiracy
Burger Van
Burning Books
Circumcise Me
How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found
I Am Not Malala
Manuelita
Men In The Cities
Notoriously Yours
Object Lesson
Phone Whore
Pint Size
Race by David Mamet
The Secret Collector
Shame
Tea Time Story
This Is Where I Live

Stuff for Teens

Buffer
Chasing Zeds
Chatroom
El Britanico (Wrestling Reality)
Error 404
Harriet - Teen detective
Now's The Hour
1 Green Bottle
Paper Play
Please Don't Cry (At My Funeral)
Pomegranate Jam
Private View
Raymondo
The Secret Collector
Sirens
Tales From the MP3
Tea Time Story


Ps. You can thank me by booking a ticket The Domino Effect. You're welcome.


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