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It’s July, and with just over four weeks till the 68th Edinburgh Fringe Festival, one of my favourite times of the year, and a wonderous stramash of art, culture and comedy, all coming together in a month-long Festival of fun.
As it’s a huge and often expensive affair, many people avoid the Fringe because they think it’s cost prohibitive, or they say “There’s nothing good on”. Now both of these statements aren’t quite right. This year there are over 700 free shows at the Fringe. So you should go see them!
Longtime readers of my blog, and followers of mine on twitter, will no doubt know that for the last several years I’ve made up a handy wee spreadsheet with all of the Free Fringe shows on it, sortable by catagory, and with dates and showtimes all clearly marked up. It’s the same exact system I’ve used for a decade, to plan out my own schedule for reviews for British Theatre Guide. Essentially what I needed, was an easy system where I could look at each date of the festival and sort the shows out by their showtime. After that it’s just a case of picking what order to watch them in!
Here is the Edinburgh Free Fringe Showlist for 2015
If you’ve used the Showlist before, then you’ll know precisely what to do, and if not then read on! Read the rest of this entry »
The Fringe Festival is one of the most important parts of my year, and with it comes a huge swathe of new entertainment, new stories, new friends and experiences. One aspect of it I love, is the change to see some truly spectacular theatre and comedy. Being a Fringe reviewer gives me the chance to see more plays in one month than most people get to see during a year. What’s more, this isn’t an unachievable goal for anyone else either.
When I first started reviewing plays, I hadn’t even imagined what the Fringe would have been like. My first year I requested close to 80 Shows, was allocated 75 and unsurprisingly only made it to around the mid 60s. Even then only getting the last few reviews in a day or so after the Fringe had ended. Needless to say, I had reached beyond my grasp. The following year I cut back, and still had too many shows. This year I’ve cut down to what will likely end up a workable 40ish productions. This way I’ll have some time to see shows, write them all up in good order and still have time to get other work done, without frying my own brain in the process. Read the rest of this entry »
After 10 years of reviewing shows for The British Theatre Guide, I’ve had a bit of experience in sampling the wares of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This of course still means that while I may be slightly more prepared for the quirky weirdness of the shows that pop up during the Fringe, I’m still just as likely to be baffled and enrapt by them.
You see, people often forget that the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a massive and sprawling series of overlapping mini-festivals. Even the events in the Fringe Programme itself are divided up into 10 separate sections, varying from Spoken Word and Comedy, to Music and Cabaret. All of which are subject to the whim of the company who booked the show. More than that, you’ve also got a Jazz Festival, an Book Festival and a swathe of other events, performances and general shenanigans all occuring at once. Read the rest of this entry »
We’re at the midmark of July, with only a scant dozen days or so till the madness that marks the Edinburgh Fringe Festival kicks off its annual palaver. It’s one of my favourite times of the year, and one that keeps me busy as a daftie, seeing shows, scribbling down thoughts, dashing around town and generally having a great time.
But I’m aware that there are a lot of people who have never attended the Fringe before, and for them, to help aleviate these problems, I thought I’d compile a few wee tips that might help you enjoy the Fringe a bit more. Read the rest of this entry »
As such, careful followers of my Twitter feed will know that my Free Fringe Showlist is up online already. Yes folks, I popped it up, and have only just now finally gotten round to getting the instructions together.
It’s a big one this year with over 100 Free shows more than in 2013, so even more thrifty fun is available. As usual I have left some things off the showlist. Events and the many BBC (First come, first served) shows, have been omitted. As they’re generally filled up pretty fast.
There is also a difference between the ‘Free shows’ listed, and some which are ‘Free entry or buy a ticket to ensure a seat’. The differences are pretty obvious, but it’s fair to keep in mind that you may struggle to get a seat in the latter if it’s overwhelmingly popular.