And we come to the last day of the Fringe! What have got left in store to see today?
Here’s the schedule for 29th August:
12.45 – Press, Pleasance Courtyard. From the Edinburgh Fringe website:
“It’s the big day. The announcement is in a few hours’ time, and two film producers anticipate their prestigious Civil War epic Catch Me Some Freedom will be nominated for plenty of Goldies. Until they learn that the film’s heroic lead role, played by a white actor, was in real life actually Black. Fearing a career-jeopardizing backlash, the two frantically try to keep the film from getting any attention whatsoever. Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller’s play returns after its 2021 premiere, described as ‘genius’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com) with ‘a wonderful set-up’ that ‘delivers in every manner’ ***** (TheVioletCurtain.com).”
If this is as good as they say, it’s going to be brilliant!
UPDATE: The basis of a really good play but the writing and plot don’t quite realise its full potential. Very good performances though, and lots to enjoy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
14.55 – No Place Like Home, Pleasance Dome.
“Winner of Les Enfants Terribles Award 2022. On a night out in a gay bar, Connor meets Rob. One’s a newcomer, the other has been on the scene far too long. But when a kiss leads to a brutal attack – who’s the victim and who’s the perpetrator? Fusing spoken word, music, dance and video art, No Place Like Home is a tragic odyssey into gay club culture and the places we can call home. Get ready to laugh, cry and dance with somebody who loves you.”
Sounds like a hard-hitting play for the final day – hope it’s as good as it sounds!
UPDATE: Gripping tale, spellbindingly told, with superb use of video graphics that truly helped the story along. Marvellous acting – great characterisations. A feast of creativity, I’m so glad we didn’t miss this! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
17.20 – The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2022: Are We There Yet? Pleasance Dome.
“All aboard The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2022: Are We There Yet? Buckle up as we hit the road for a tour of life itself, visiting more sketch-shaped destinations than a travel agent could dream of. Join five curious tourists for a holiday filled with laughs, quirky characters and sand in uncomfortable places. ‘The most renowned sketch troupe of them all’ (Independent) embark on their annual international tour with a brand-new show, travelling to London, Edinburgh, Los Angeles, New York and more! You’d be silly to miss it.”
In all our years of seeing student comedy, I don’t think we’ve ever seen the Cambridge Footlights – the group with the biggest reputation of all! Time to put that right!
UPDATE: Given that reputation, this was a bit of a disappointment. Obviously a talented troupe, but it’s a shame their material wasn’t funnier. A few good sketches but too many that weren’t. ⭐️⭐️
19.00 – Just These Please: Honestly No Pressure Either Way, Gilded Balloon Teviot.
“With three five star sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs, over 60 million views online and a tendency to list things in threes, Just These Please are back with 25 brand new sketches and songs where ‘the gags are packed tight and as always the performance is faultless’ (Chortle.co.uk). If you’re looking for a ‘tight hilarious hour of sketch comedy’ (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk) with ‘solid laughs throughout’ (Scotsman) and ‘countless highlights’ (ThreeWeeks) then you should absolutely get tickets before they sell out – but honestly no pressure either way. ***** (ThreeWeeks). ***** (TheArtsDesk.com). ***** (VoiceMag.uk).”
More comedy sketches – let’s hope they do a great job.
UPDATE: Fast, slick and very very funny! Lovely silly sketches – I loved the one that featured Greyfriars Bobby – all performed to a high standard. What’s not to like? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️