Theatre at EdFringe
by Megan Stodel // 24 August 2013, 23:31
Over the past few weeks, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has been in full flow and The F-Word has reviewed some of the theatre on offer. Alyson Macdonald, Cathy Hornby, Hazel Robertson, Lissy Lovett, Louise Hemfrey, Tara Msiska and Vivienne Egan have seen a variety of shows, all of which are somehow connected to sex, gender, sexuality, discrimination or equality.
THEY SAY: "Echoing from the first rehearsal of Wilde's Salomé, come two tales of persecution and living sans salomé (without peace)."
TARA SAYS: "Wilde's charming, confident personality and his disdain of the conventions of his age are perfectly captured by the witty dialogue."
THEY SAY: "A coming-of-age tale which follows three students as they attempt to navigate the perils of friendship, procrastination and unplanned pregnancy."
VIVIENNE SAYS: "This new piece of writing is an ambitious and reasonably mature discussion of pregnancy and abortion, conception and loss, childhood and adulthood..."
Credible Likable Superstar Role Model
THEY SAY: "Kimmings and her niece Taylor, nine, decided to play the global tween machine at its own game."
HAZEL SAYS: "Kimmings' design of monologue, interspersed with music and dance sequences works brilliantly."
THEY SAY: "With a cast of just two, this is a play that explores the unfulfilled dreams of [a] pub's 14 regulars under the Thatcher government."
ALYSON SAYS: "I couldn't help feeling that they'd overreached a little."
Sappho...in 9 fragments
THEY SAY: "Within a secluded cavern, Ancient Greece's first love poet laments her erasure from history, while a chorus girl named Atthis is seduced into a modern-day Sapphic romance."
VIVIENNE SAYS: "It's at once highly literary and basely animalistic."
THEY SAY: "Our writers were given a simple job. Write a short play without specifying gender for any of the characters."
TARA SAYS: "Like a dirtier version of That Mitchell And Webb Look but with more social commentary squeezed into these bite-size scenes."
THEY SAY: "Imagine total gender freedom, where changing sex is as easy as getting dressed."
ALYSON SAYS: "Specie sounds bizarre, and in places it is, but Fat Git Theatre have managed to find a space between po-faced worthiness and the utterly ridiculous."
H to He
THEY SAY: "International award-winning comedy of sexual identity and gender inspired by Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis."
HAZEL SAYS: "Disappointingly most of the comedy was derived from tired and dated gender stereotypes."
THEY SAY: "An exploration of female mental illness, past and present, using vivid, overlapping stories that come to life around the audience, demanding to be heard."
VIVIENNE SAYS: "The play gives a real voice to some marginalised groups in history."
Close to You
LOUISE SAYS: "A minimalist, art-installation style set framed by ghostly mannequins and accompanied by a keyboard soloist make Close to You a truly unique experience."
Dark Vanilla Jungle
THEY SAY: "A beautiful, breathtaking new drama about one girl's craving for family and home... and the lengths she'll go to achieve them."
CATHY SAYS: "Whelan's devastating portrayal was rewarded with an emotional standing ovation during this performance."
THEY SAY:"Truth and taboo collide in this intimate visit with a phone sex operator."
TARA SAYS: "Moore talks about her job and offers an unglamorised commentary of her life which challenges the popular view of sex workers as exploited victims or glamorous escorts."
THEY SAY: "A young woman breaks a mould she didn't realise she was confined to and finds a new way to tell the world's most famous fairy tale."
LISSY SAYS: "An excellent exploration of what it means to be a woman in today's world."
THEY SAY: "Exposing difficult complex figures of these seven infamous women in the 20th century: Dora Carrington, Unity Mitford, Zelda Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Smart, Jane Bowles, Carson McCullers and Myra Hindley."
CATHY SAYS: "These [sketches] do intrigue, but for me represent little beyond the well-known headline stories of these women's histories, bringing few new insights."
On the One Hand
THEY SAY: "Six women of different ages and at different stages of their lives, explore what it means to age."
LISSY SAYS: "The moments that really work for me are those where actors shift from character to character, suggesting the different roles that women play for others."
Executed for Sodomy: the Life Story of Caterina Linck
THEY SAY: "From moments of surreal comedy to flashes of volcanic ferocity we are left to unpick accusation from truth and reflect upon the life of a unique, forgotten figure from European history."
TARA SAYS: "There's no uplifting message and that's part of what makes it so raw."
THEY SAY: "When their male companions flee the scene, the women remain, and watch, and wait. Who were these women? And why were they there?"
LISSY SAYS: " Although this is billed as a show about three women (Mary Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and a woman of Samaria), they do not play as central a part to the story as I would have liked and we spend more time on Jesus, his disciples and Pontius Pilate."
The photo, from On The One Hand, shows a woman sitting in a suspended bath, wearing clothes and holding an open umbrella.