Picks of the festivals

| by Eleanor Turney

What's the best show you've seen this Fringe? Eleanor Turney asks delegates and artists to share their favourite shows

Photo credit: Hamish Irvine.

"I’ve seen lots of things I liked, particularly Fauna, Palmyra and Nassim. They were all amazing. Fauna, the level of abstract and metaphorical meaning, added to the amazing acrobatic and circus skills, resulted in creating really beautiful theatre. Palmyra, the craziness and cutting edge theatre form they use, went really well with the message of the piece, about manipulation. It was very beautiful, but clever in talking about and worrying about manipulation. The show was very touching, because it shows how in most relationships there’s compromise, and how it can become manipulation and abuse. And Nassim was just incredibly honest and beautiful."
Dagmara Gumkowska

I’ve seen the best show I’ve ever seen in my life at the Fringe this year, and that was Nederlands Dans Theater. I also very much liked Scottish Dance Theatre, Scorch at Summerhall and imitating the dog’s Nocturnes.
Anastasia Patlay, Teatr.doc, Moscow

I’ve still got a couple of things to see this afternoon, but my favourite so far is the Oresteia at the Lyceum, by Citizens Theatre. It was just pure, great, intense, wonderful, high-quality drama. I loved it. Can I say more than one? I think Martin Creed is really, crazily interesting as well.  I really enjoyed Fleabag – just very contemporary, funny, simple and direct. The last one would have to be See Me Now, which was honest, wonderful, unpretentious drama. I’ve had a great week, overall! It’s very full, very packed, lots happening, and that was great.
Antony Chan, British Council Hong Kong

My favourite thing at the Fringe? Inua Ellams. He’s a friend, so I might be biased, but he’s just an amazing wordsmith. I remember when I first met him, I felt like I was going on a journey. The way he uses words, similes, metaphors, for me it’s just beautiful, his work is such a beautiful thing. The stories he tells, his own story, his fight around immigration and the right to stay in this country, the amount of responsibility he has as a male in that family. That’s probably the best thing I’ve seen. I also enjoy Mixed Brain, which is a one-man show about a young man with mixed parentage.

I’m really enjoying the one-person thing, this year, those personal experiences and storytelling. I’ve been asked to make a solo, as a choreographer, and at the moment I’m trying think about and investigate what I would do, as a choreographer and a dancer, if I made a one-man show. I’ve got loads of ideas, and it’s more than just dance. I’ve got all these creative ideas I haven’t let out – people see my dance and think I’m just a dancer. I’m into comedy, music, dance, fashion… everything! I want my show to have aspects of all of that. I’ve been inspired this Fringe!
Tony Adigun, Avant Garde Dance

Both: Ridiculusmus’ Give Me Your Love!
RB: The performances were just virtuosic.
GL: It was such an articulate physical performance. I couldn’t believe that an arm and a leg poking out of a cardboard box could keep an audience enthralled for a whole hour.
RB: We all absolutely loved that, and we also loved Rachel Mars’ Our Carnal Hearts.
GL: Yes! It is shrewd, it is funny. Satire done just pitch-perfectly. And the music was brilliant. It’s by Louise Mothersole, and that as part of the whole package was just brilliant.
RB: I really enjoyed Powder Keg’s Morale Is High Since We Gave Up Hope, which was raw and angry. They are ones to watch, they’ve really got something there.
GL: For a cheeky watch, Sh!t Theatre’s show [DollyWould] was brilliant, and so much fun. It’s beautifully structured, and Louise’s musical abilities are apparent again.
RB: The only regret we’ve had this week is that there’s a lot of other things we wanted to see, but they’re programmed at the same time as us, so we just can’t. Believers are but Brothers is a particular one that we wanted to see.
GL: I really wanted to catch Lists for the End of the World, but they are on at exactly the same time as our show. We don’t have any days off to reciprocally go and see them, but they came to see us which was lovely.
Gillian Lees and Rachel Baynton, Proto-type Theatre.



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