50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, Cardboard Citizens bring us a contemporary retelling, which opens doors for discussion and legislative action. Writer Ali Taylor brings a strong narrative, which places its protagonist at the root of homelessness, whilst surging political debate.
Blame and hope pour out in full measures in The Revlon Girl, Neil Anthony Docking’s drama exploring the impact the Aberfan disaster had on a group of mourning Welsh women, who are desperate to claw something back.
It seems that the criteria for performing at Fringe this year is to produce a solo show, multi-rolling your way to cheaper production costs. The fifth solo show I have reviewed at Fringe 2017, Tumble Tuck is a refreshing culmination of descriptive writing and fast paced action. Writer and performer Sarah Milton considers a world where medals don’t need to be won in order to proclaim personal success.
Life is ‘more grey than black and white’ in Alan Harris’ comedy one hander Sugar Baby set in Fairwater, South Wales. Marc (Alex Griffin-Griffiths) bounds on to stage in pure ecstasy, a typical Welsh jack-the-lad just wanting to do what’s best for his Dad who owes local loan shark Oggy £6,000.
Circus requires risk, wit and recovery which is abundant in Sam Goodburn’s Dumbstruck. Failure is contestable to success, but it is the way you recover from these tribulations that delivers a sellout show. More often than not, specifically in clowning, comedy is struck in the failures but unfortunately this at times fell flat during Dumbstruck.
Seanmhair, pronounced Shen-a-var is Scots Gaelic for Grandmother, an all knowing woman who has seen and witnessed the brutality of the world first hand. Director Kate Wasserberg takes us to the gloomy backstreets of 1950s Edinburgh in Hywel John’s gutsy new writing.
Before I came to Edinburgh an article was written which discussed the increase of medical shows coming to the festival this year, perhaps a reflection on the current political and economic turmoil. Gutted was the cover photo for the article, as it shares a personal experience of living with ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease). An informal education with a refreshing personal insight in the NHS system, Liz Richardson invites us to witness her bodily functions in all their glory.
Programming your time at Fringe is always a difficult task, you trudge around with pockets full of flyers attempting to construct a timetable of shows. The idea of seeing a performance at 10am seems illusory, but playing at The Traverse Theatre Adam is a story we must all listen to.
Dust is an illustrative and graphic portrayal of a suicide fuelled by depression, drugs, lust and sex. A complex narrative which moves between ghost and living bodies, existing somewhere between the living and the dead. Playwright, performer and self-confessed ‘chronic oversharer’ Milly Thomas, engages us in her dark yet empathetic story.