Winner of eight major South African theatre awards. ‘Exquisitely beautiful' ***** (Krit). A man soaks in a bath, smoke drifting into the blue. Around him scattered remains of a life: boxes, a gramophone, mother's pearls, father's jacket - his constant companions as he retraces his journey to adulthood. Wessel Pretorius is one of the most exciting talents to emerge from South Africa in years. His almost other-worldly physical control is matched only by his mellifluous voice, the timbre of which lends shadows and echoes to once familiar words. From the company that brought you Normality and The Sewing Machine.
An ICTF / John Abbott College / Jac‘N’burgh 2013 production. Originally written to be performed as a radio broadcast, our stage version of Under Milk Wood captures the quaint, witty essence of a charming Welsh town and its inhabitants like an action-filled screen saver of cartoon images. The vivid orchestration of voices, sights and sounds create a whimsical blend of poetry, music, story and dance in this timeless and unforgettable story that leaves you wanting more. Our story: imported from Wales. Our production: made in Canada. Our tour: exported to Edinburgh Scotland for Festival Fringe 2013.
Venue: Whynot?: Main Room
Welcome to the City, a rust-covered hell of a world, ruled by the immortal Olympians and run by the Acheron - the harvested minds of the dead. Somewhere in its depths a burned-out old gumshoe by the name of Ulysses is about to die, surrounded by the thuggish Suits: Heracles, Oedipus, Orpheus, Ariadne. Join the Mechanisms as they drag you kicking and screaming through this labyrinthine tale of death, with roaring blues songs, grimy folk ballads and storytelling space-pirate noir. So come along! And when you reach the Acheron, tell Hades the Mechanisms sent you.
‘I am a fool perhaps. Boylan gets the plums and I get the plum stones. My youth. Never again. Gibraltar. Evenings like this looking out over the sea, she told me, but clear, no clouds. Said she always thought she'd marry a lord or a gentleman with a private yacht. Why me?’ While his wife Molly waits in bed for the infamous Blazes Boylan, Leopold Bloom is in Dublin conversing in pubs, graveyards, brothels and finally home. Bawdy and hilarious, Ulysses celebrates Joyce's genius for depicting life in all its profundity.
Venue: The Third Man: Cafe
Cabaret diva Tricity Vogue will lead you from a beginner ukulele lesson into a lunchtime jam session at The Third Man (delicious lunch available to purchase). Then we'll pop round the corner to Rae Mac's Musicroom for some uke decoration and an impromptu group performance. Bring your own uke or pick one up on the day. This workshop is open to all ages and stages. Free (but donations for our Uke Diva are appreciated)! 'A great chance to have a go at an unusual instrument for free' **** (BroadwayBaby.com).
Hi, I’m Eric Lampaert (T4's Rising Star 2012, Life’s Too Short, Cardinal Burns). I don’t really think I have a weird face, but the countless heckles, reviews and internet abuse I’ve received suggests otherwise. Clearly all people want me to talk about is my oversized gums and my Neanderthal skull. So here’s a ‘one to watch’ (Time Out) freak show to get this topic out of the way. My face even scored me an advert alongside Bruce Willis (B-Dubz to his close friends) and made me famous in Mexico without me knowing...
Venue: Zoo Southside: Studio
Alice Hart is a collector of memories. When her notebook goes missing and falls into the hands of Charlie, he finds much more inside than old stories of strangers. A quintessential storytelling show about life and love.
In affiliation with The Invisible Dot, Twins is a double act starring Jack Barry, ‘a future in comedy’ (Chortle.co.uk), and Annie McGrath, ‘beautiful timing and spot-on delivery’ (Tab, Cambridge). Their debut show is a combination of sketches and talking, which sometimes meet in the middle. Their friends are really excited about it. Annie and Jack are the most likeable performers at the Fringe so you may as well see them. It’s free. **** (ThreeWeeks). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (Varsity). **** (NationalStudent.com). **** (EdFringeReview.com). ***** (Leeds Student). **** (FringeBiscuit.co.uk).
Venue: Church Hill Theatre: Studio
Twelfth Night: Unplugged, comes straight from the American South with live music and verse. This madcap comedy features seven talented Memphis girls playing all your favourite Twelfth Night characters. From Viola to Malvolio and Sir Toby, you’ll hear a classic story as well as contemporary music inspired by the play. It’s fun, witty, and wildly clever. The Bard would be pleased that his words are alive and well!
Tristan Garrel Cambridge is quite literally a pilot episode recording for a discussion programme on The Fine Arts and Discussion Channel presented by Tristan Garrel Cambridge, co-presented by Poppy Attenborough and produced by Rory Hesseltine. Joining them in the studio will include panto legend Sir Peter Anecdote, a firefighting commissioner from Hanover, a reverend from a church and disgraced former MEP for Dunblane, Joal Dommit.