So here we are, nearing the end of another Edinburgh Festival. It’s been an incredible month. Theatre Uncut have presented 17 new short pieces, worked with more than 20 new actors, and several Edinburgh returnees, thrown a party, had a raffle, won a Fringe First(!) and generally had a wonderful time, working hard and making things.
Dalgety and Fragile by David Greig at Paterson's Land 20-24th August, 3pm
We’ve also been lucky enough to see some wonderful pieces of work: Gemma Whelan is extraordinary in Philip Ridley’s brand new one woman show ‘Dark Vanilla Jungle’. Phil Nichol’s new stand-up-slash-storytelling is both raucously funny and deliciously poignant. Gary Beadle is brilliant in the Banksy-inspired ‘The Room in the Elephant’ directed by our very own Emma Callander.
As always the Fringe has been as changeable as the Edinburgh weather: plain sailing one minute, sunshine and smiles, and then suddenly it’s raining. For us this manifests in short bursts of stress right before our Monday morning Traverse shows, or in the tech for our David Greig double bill. The joy of having two Artistic Directors, however, means that you are never on your own in the midst of a bafflingly broken projector, or a smashed thermos… Or sourcing a black feathered detachable ‘right wing’… Or police lapels that won’t re-attach. Or… you get the picture.
Edinburgh is as always, the place where you get to feel the most theatrical, most resourceful, and most delighted in our wonderful profession. It is a place where you can bump into every actor you have ever met- and meet them for a random courtyard drink, or visit their shows. It is a place where we can work with venues and casts, producers and writers in a way that is impossible elsewhere. It is a place where we can test ourselves and our work: play and grow and take shape. Indeed, our David Greig double bill includes a full scale production of ‘Dalgety’, the play that we previewed as a rapid response script at the Traverse in Edinburgh last year. Coupled with ‘Fragile’, another play that David wrote for Theatre Uncut, it is a joy to see how Edinburgh has helped us shape those pieces of work and run with them.
The double bill of ‘Dalgety’ and ‘Fragile’ by David Greig runs to the 24th August, 3pm daily at Paterson’s Land, venue 247. Tickets still available.