Friday, 8 August 2008

Bloggy Update

I am writing from the madness of the Forest Fringe, with a paint party being created in the hall in front of me. As you all know, or do not know, I am running a festival with my good friend Andy, and so far it's been manic but wonderful... putting off some of the upcoming idears I have for the ole blogosphere. But if you're interested in seeing something that broke my heart it was so beautiful, check out this wonderful photo essay on the Forest Fringe. It will give you a better idea of what's going on here and why things are busy but very exciting. Also, if you're in Edinburgh come in and say hello. Even if we've never met before (0r met a long time ago at a video store:) I always like to say hey to new and wonderful people.

And according to heresay - here are the things that I really want to see this festival:

Architecting at the Traverse
- a play by the National Theatre of Scotland, who can basically do no wrong, and The TEAM, an amazing theatre group from New York. It's sold out for its entire run, but I reckon if you went along on a rainy day ten minutes beforehand you'd get some love.

Pornography by Enda Walsh (also at the Traverse)
- I want you to sing "I heard it through the grapevine" to yourself in your head. If I were really pretentious I would suggest that you be sure to sing yourself the Slits cover since it's better than the original, but I'm trying to keep it simple. So anyway, I heard it through the grapevine and it's meant to be good. That's what happened.

66a Church Road by Daniel Kitson (also at the Traverse) - Me + watching Daniel Kitson = occasionally soporific but wonderful effect. I think you'd have to be pure evil not to love this man.

And a show to see at our little venue (lives up to its hype)

The Night Flyer - The Tuckster described it as Quentin Blake drawings animated live as a silent movie. Basically you've just never seen anything like it before. But book in advance, we're selling out.

Okay, so that's my pick of the Fringe. The first three I hope to get to, the last I would watch every night if I wasn't manning our box office. But it's a fun year with a lot of great stuff, and Andy and I are incredibly grateful to Forest for the opportunity to do what we're doing.

Watch this space - I'm going to try to steer clear of theatre and remain random with my postings, but I've got less time to waste than usual. it's a nice feeling, actually.

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