What can I say? I’ve been busy. This dearth of blog entries is inexcusable, but in my defence, Edinburgh is looking absolutely brilliant. Just under 2 weeks to go, and I’m proud to say I’m working on a huge number of exciting projects, both official and unofficially. Apparently, Edinburgh this year is going to be bigger than ever, with estimated attendance figures up, and over 2000 shows in the main Fringe Festival, including some of the 500+ free shows available this year as well. This year, more than ever, will be about finding those hidden gems, and I’ll be helping you in your treasure hunt. I will be updating this blog daily, with previews of the festival’s most exciting shows, plus the theatrical musings you’re so used to. With that in mind, let’s get started with the strangest project this Edinburgh has to offer: a show on an island?
The Bitter Belief of Cotrone the Magician
Aug 8-16, 19.30 (BUS AT 17.20 from WAVERLY BRIDGE) £25/£20
Sweet in the Firth of Forth, Join Boat from Leith Newhaven Harbour/Ferry Landing, (c25 min to mystery island) Buses 7,10,11,16
Yes, this show is… on an island! I cannot, for a second, imagine how long this took to organise, how much paperwork was filled out, but the result is a magical trip to a mysterious island, somewhere in the Firth of Forth. This show has received massive accolades all over Europe, and is sponsored and organised by some extremely illustrious institutions, but all of this is nothing compared to the spectacle this promises to be. The blurb promises a ‘post-surrealistic theatre fairy tale’, and all of their publicity speaks of a ‘reworking of Pirandello’, with ‘puppetry, projections and magic’. This promises to be something exceptionally special: a theatre show on an island, with all sorts of elaborate stagecraft, a nomadic site-specific performance that will be an exciting first for the Edinburgh Fringe.
Just to reiterate how to get there, as this is obviously the biggest stumbling block of the project: Pick up time 17:20 Waverley Bridge, Bus arrival 18:00 Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Boat departs 18:05 Return Boat departs 20:05 Boat arrives 20:30 Hawes Pier, South Queensferry Bus departs 20:35 Bus arrives 21:00 Waverley Bridge (Copied from their website) An important point: The ticket is expensive, but covers the bus and boat fares too!