Twenty years ago this week I made my first trip to the Edinburgh fringe, to perform in Brecht's Fear & Misery of the Third Reich. This started a bit of a love affair with the city, which has seen me be at the festival about fifteen times since, as a punter, programmer, venue manager, director, reviewer and performer. This year I'm not going to be there so I thought I'd share some of the shows I'm not going to see in case you're there and want to watch for me...
So here's 10 shows I'd see if I could...
Mamoru Iriguchi's Projector/Conjector - nothing is ever quite so crazy as Mamoru's world - and this is a piece I would happily see again having programmed it in London.
Don Quixote, with Tom Frankland & Keir Cooper
Grounded at the Trav, with the wonderful (and Welsh) Lucy Ellinson - an actress who I've admired for ages.
Broken Talkers Have I no Mouth, one of Ireland's best young(ish) companies, and one who I tried to programme in London but didn't have the resources - so great to see them in the UK at last.
Tim Price's I'm With the Band, which at least I'll be able to catch at WMC later in the year, but I'd rather see in the context of Scotish devolution.
Hoke's Bluff from Action Hero at Forest Fringe - a company who I always want to see more of.
I wish I was Lonely from Hannah Jane Walker & Chris Thorpe - If you saw The Oh Fuck Moment, you'll know why I want to see this.
Invisible Flock's Bring The Happy - If you know how hard I am to please I saw this in Leeds two years ago and smiled all the way through.
I've been following Ira Brands work for a few years now, and supported her work at CPT so I'd definitely be wanting to see her new piece; A cure for Ageing.
And before anyone is offended that I haven't (not) seen their show - I've not gone through the whole programme, these are shows I knew about and wont get to see.
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