Well, here we are, its Edinburgh Fringe Festival time again. Its extraordinary how quickly this seems to come around. The Edinburgh Fringe and International Festivals combine to be one of the greatest theatre showcases and networking events in the world. This year the China Plate team are here in force and with a number of hats on!
Hat 1: There are two shows that have been supported by Warwick Arts Centre up this year. Monkey Bars – commissioned By Warwick Arts Centre. A new piece from the bona fide genius that is Chris Goode. Its opening at The Traverse on the 14th and is a genuine Must See. Also at The Traverse is Caroline Horton’s Mess which leads me to the second hat.
Hat 2: If you’ve been to Pilot or Bite Size this year you may have seen Caroline Horton’s Mess in development. It’s opening tomorrow… fingers crossed! We had a good tech on Monday and they team have been rehearsing for the last couple of days. It’s a really beautiful piece of work, funny, moving, meaningful and with a very catchy score. For updates follow @carolineplays or the twitter account that Josephine, Boris and Sistahl, the characters from the show have set up – @MessMottos.
Hat 3: We’re seeing as much work as possible – both for potential programming at Warwick Arts Centre and also on the look out for interesting work to Trigger (as part of Triggered@Warwick) and possibly for This_is_Tomorrow artists too.
Hat 4: We’re following up the showcase event that we programmed and hosted for the NRTF, New Directions – with a bespoke set of recommendations for their delegates to see at the Fringe. Rural touring is a great and often overlooked opportunity for theatre makers – something we’re really keen to promote as a great way of reaching audiences.
Hat 5: This is a month of networking!
Hat 6: an actual hat, a sowester in fact to keep off the rain…
The China Plate team, Ed, Paul and Rosie are up here in shifts from now until the end of the festival – so do get in touch if you are here. Diaries are pretty busy but we’re always keen to find an excuse for a beer at the end of the day… or, frankly in Edinburgh, a beer pretty much anytime after the middle of the day if the excuse is good enough and there’s time between shows!
We’ll blog as often as we get a chance – please do let us know if you see something that we just shouldn’t miss!
Right that’s all from me for now.