Deb and I had a cracking long weekend at the Fringe while the girls were on a Guides survival camp.
Here's what we saw:
Friday 25th August
Have A Nice Life ****
Musical Comedy Drama
C, Arts Educational Tring Park
A counselling group performed as Sondheim
Saturday 26th August
Budapest Kiseret ****
Roman Lodge, Firefly Productions
Two men, a mute gypsy woman and a train carriage
I Can't Beleive It's Not Godard ***1/2
Bare Bawds, Pleasance
Students produce a film without film
Hugh Hughes and Sioned Rowlands tell how Anglesey floated away from the UK in 1982.
Ian Stone ***
OK, if a bit formulaic
Lucy Porter **
Disappointing given the reviews
Sunday 27th August
Stunning three person minimalist but very physical telling of the Rage of Achilles.
The spitting and the fight scenes were incredible.
Midnight Cowboy ****
Assembly Rooms, Assembly Theatre directed by John Clancy
Excellent production of the book, almost out Hoffman'd Hoffman.
Past Half Remembered *****1/2
Pleasance, New International Encounter
Superb performances reminscent of Peoplelykus and Oddsocks. The biscuit scene was just unbeleiveable.
Assembly Rooms, The Goodies (with Bill Oddie on video)
Wonderful clips and reminscences
Anja Hillings play about the death of a friend. Well acted, but poor staging and a just a bit too ordinary.
Simple, fun but very effective telling of the story of two girls, two boys and two deaths (even if one of the men did look like Boris Johnson)
Monday 28th August
Shakespeare for Breakfast ****
C, C Theatre
All female Taming of the Shrew as panto. Fun but not quite Oddsocks.
The Syringa Tree ****1/2
Pleasance, Menagerie Theatre/Gin Hammond
One woman performance of a girl's growing up in South Africa
Perki & Mann are Spooked ****
Pleasance, Future Legend Theatre
Fun and inventive scooby-doo type adventure
Spymonkey - Cooped *****
Assembly Rooms, Spymonkey
Outrageous comedy and male genitalia
Reginald D Hunter ****
UdderBelly ( a big purple upside down cow)
Very funny, very smart, very assured black American (just don't sit on the front row)
The Gaydar Diaires ****
Comedy Sketch Show
Pleasance, City Lights Theatre Company
Sketches based around the gaydar.co.uk gay dating website. An education.
Charlies - Pleasance Wine Bar - ****
International Festival Hub - ***
RestaurantsPizza Express - *** Petit Paris, Grassmarket - **** Mussel & Streak Bar - *****
Park View Hotel, Leith - ***
Terrace Hotel, Calton Hill - ****