Three To See 2014: ThreeWeeks endorsed Theatre
By Caro Moses | Published on Monday 21 July 2014
ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro turns her beady eyes to the theatre section next, and chooses three shows from companies and people that have received ringing endorsements from our team in the past.
Critical! (A Sociopath’s Guide to Influencing Edinburgh Fringe Reviewers)
Well, a title like that is bound to attract a Fringe journalist, isn’t it? Though they might not want to stay, given the premise of the show. “How far would you go to secure a favourable Fringe review?” asks the blurb, “You bring the duct tape – we’ll supply the reviewer”. I may be shifting nervously in my seat right now, but I am also able to acknowledge that this company, Practical Magic, have never done a Fringe show that didn’t get a glowing ThreeWeeks review. Which means that a) this will probably be as good as all their previous shows and b) I probably don’t need to watch my back…
Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, from 2 Aug until 9 Aug. Tickets here.
This is the second Mary Queen Of Scots themed pick I’ve done for Fringe 2014 thus far, so I’d better ‘reign’ it in after this one. Ahem. But seriously; this one has been selected because of the skill and dedication of the ThreeWeeks Award winning production company behind it. Theatre Alba have garnered plaudits from many of our reviewers over the years, and their shows aren’t just excellently put together, they are also staged in one of the most super venues in Edinburgh, Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens, in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat. Robert McLellan’s 1951 script, written in “light poetic Scots”, is to be performed in this atmospheric location as dark falls. I suspect it will be a mesmerising experience.
Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens, from 6 Aug until 24 Aug. Tickets here.
Sweater Curse: A Yarn About Love (pictured)
Yes, I confess I was initially attracted to the title because, over the last year or so, I’ve learned to crochet and become an unrepentant yarn addict with no plans to aim for recovery; and so, even though this appears to be more focused on knitting than on crochet (the difference, FYI, is huge – I am utterly terrible at knitting), it’s something I’d like to see. But then I searched through my brain, addled by nearly twenty years of trying to remember the names of many thousands of Fringe productions, and recalled that creator Elaine Liner brought this very piece to the Festival last year and it was well received by our reviewer, who considered it to be a “very sweet show”. Sounds like the perfect post-lunch relaxer.
Sweet Grassmarket, from 1 Aug until 24 Aug. Tickets here.