ABSOLUT Fringe 2012 | Editor's Pick
Shortlisting ABSOLUT Fringe is nigh on impossible, with 80 plus shows all vying for your attention across the capital from September 8th. Be it comedy, drama, dance, spoken word or interactive art, all your bases are covered in what is one of the most exciting and jam packed Fringe festivals to date. In an attempt to guide you through the madness we’ve highlighted our top ten shows that we’re beyond excited for, and limiting it to just ten was a challenge in and of itself. Outside of this there are an abundance of shows that are equally deserving of your attention so if you find your interest piqued but not quite fulfilled, make sure to check out the full programme over at fringefest.com.
Hot off their success in The Abbey Theatre with Alice in Funderland, THISISPOPBABY return to the festival circuit with Elevator, a brand spanking new production that presents a “parable of a world where everything is available but nothing ever satisfies”. If their previous productions are anything to go by, this is one not to be missed.
Death Of The Tradesmen
Playing on Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and taking a look at downfall of tradesmen in our current climate, Shaun Dunne and Talking Shop Ensemble give a voice to those who made it through the rough time and time again, only to be left with nowhere to go as everyone else younger generations escape to fresh new climes. Previous works from this production combo have been celebrated for their ability to speak for a generation with heart and honesty, and with the source material coming straight from the lives of the performers this one promises to be as full of heart as possible. Lauren O'Toole interviewed the team behind Death of the Tradesmen and got an exclusive insight into the show, which you can read right here.
Straight To DVD
Ponydance are no strangers to Fringe, having travelled the world to bring their charm and wit to festival audiences. Coming home with Straight to DVD, they showcase the very worst of Saturday night TV through words and dance in a crowd-pleaser for almost every audience.
The Oh Fuck Moment
This Edinburgh Fringe First award winning show has received rave reviews and delighted audiences in every appearance so far. Hilarious and insightful, it promises to examine the moment when things go wrong in a conversation for those brave enough to join them around a desk and hold up their hands to their own mistakes. “Absorbing and thought-provoking”, this one is guaranteed to sell out so move fast.
Billed as less of a play and more of a conversation about life, love and longing, Singlehood is a true life piece where people from all walks of life talk about the highs and lows of being single. If you don’t think that sounds interesting, check out the viral video, and then get your tickets booked because this one is going to be huge.
Kormac’s Big Band
Taking to Meeting House Square like ducks to water, Kormac’s Big Band are one of the most unique but entertaining live musical experiences going. Kormac plus his eleven piece band are no stranger to festival sets, and audiences have lapped them up every time. You will be dancing and you will love it.
Come Rhyme With Me
Many people hear “Spoken Word Theatre” and run a mile, but if ever you were to give it a go, this would be the one to go to. Examining the state of the nation with words, quotes and commas, Come Rhyme With Me plans to tickle your community conscience and will dig into your soul if you let it. All proceeds from the event are going to Outhouse too, so your wallet gets brownie points. And no one can say no to good karma.
Hipsters We Met And Liked
The denigrated sub-culture/buzzword of the moment gets a white knight or two in the form of Nyree and Brian in Hipsters We Met And Liked. Love or loath them, you’ll get your chance to be a Hipster for the day and immerse yourself in all things hipstagram. Oh, and you’ll get some vodka on the house (which makes it over 18’s. Sorry kids).
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit
Taking the festival world by storm, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is a new show every night, as different actors read and perform Nassim Soleimanpour’s play about the generation of people forbidden to leave Iran. Some of the biggest names in Irish Theatre will tackle the play, sight unseen, in one of the most unique pieces to hit the theatre world in years.
PaperDolls are an enormously talented performance group that combine aerial work with stunning visuals and set design to create some of the most beautiful immersive theatre on the scene. Promising “a shamanic trip seeking truth and necessity in suspended territory of uninhibited youth, energy, physical ability and ropes”, Constellations will leave your jaw on the floor.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Tuesday 28th August 2012 | Theatre
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