Sunday, 7 September 2014

Scotland #9 Free Fringe

Although the rest of the family went to lots of comedy and theatre round the Fringe (one of them clocking up 13 events in our 4 days in Edinburgh!), I just went to two.
I was extremely lucky with my choices as I loved both. If I had to choose between them, I'd say Bunbury is Dead was my favourite. Devised and performed by Tobacco Tea Theatre Company, it told the story of Bunbury, the fictitious friend of Algernon in the Importance of Being Earnest. What really appealed to me as a sort of theatre geek, was that most, if not all, the dialogue was lifted from Oscar Wilde's plays and re-organised into something new - even the infamous handbag was in there!

The other performance was Bawsoot Theatre's presentation Swiss Cheese. A dinner party reunion for five old friends turns up the usual sort of revelations and incriminations that you'd expect. Then Jo the hostess drops her bombshell.... no, I'm not going to say what but it made all the petty jealousies and secrets of the others pale by comparison.

An extra mention has to go to the venue -the Ghillie Dhu, one of the loveliest I've seen. None of the cramped, dark basements that bring on claustrophobia but a lovely vaulted room at the top of a twisting staircase.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there, my name is Laila Noble and I'm the Artistic Director of Bawsoot Theatre Company, creators of Swiss Cheese. I'm so glad you enjoyed the show and I just wanted to let you know that our new show, an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Raven' is coming to this years' fringe. We'd love to see you there, if you do end up coming along do let us know via our website or twitter (@BawsootTheatre) and we'll try and meet you after the show. Thanks again, Bawsoot x


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