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Edinburgh Festivals Diary – Day 4 

Edinburgh Festivals Diary - Day 4

Sunday 20 August 

Edinburgh Festivals Diary - Day 4

Edinburgh Festivals Diary – Day 4

I was happily queuing for ‘All We Ever Wanted Was Everything’ at Summerhall yesterday evening.

‘You’re a disgrace,’ said the boyfriend of a young lady who was in a play I didn’t think was very good.

‘Pardon?’, I asked, puzzled.

‘I watched you at the play the other day and read what you wrote. You call yourself a Theatre Specialist! You’re disgusting’, he replied.

‘Oh! The misogynistic, offensive & borderline homophobic play?,’ I said.

‘It isn’t offensive, you’re a disgrace’, he snapped.

‘Look, I’m more than happy to discuss the play and what I wrote about it after this show?,’ I said.

‘Nah mate. You’re a disgrace,’ he mumbled and stomped off.

The whole encounter was as classy and as subtle as orgy night on Love Island. I’ll try not to lose any sleep.

Very sad. (Translation: not particularly sad because it is, after all, only theatre.)

Sunday was a punishing day. It started at The Pleasance Courtyard: Kafka and Son. The relationship between Franz Kafka and his father is put under the microscope in a solo show that tested my patience. For me, this play falls carelessly into the dreaded theatre deadzone of “lovely but a bit boring”. I just couldn’t emotionally connect with this show. Not awful.

At lunch time I went to the shops and picked up a Matcha Face Mask and a small bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. There is a God!

Worklight Theatre’s new show Monster finds Joe Sellman- Leava once again surfing the rollercoaster of the sixty minute mixed-metaphor as he is simultaneously Patrick Stewart, his girlfriend and Mike Tyson calling the shots in the front, rather than the back, seat. His new show examines masculinity in a searingly honest and autobiographical way. Worth a look.

‘All We Ever Wanted Was Everything’ really floated my boat. Middle Child’s gig-theatre show is a life affirming call to arms at the Edinburgh Fringe and really feels like a shot in the arm. The dissection of consumerism and capital culture. Luke Barnes’ play sensationally looks back and ahead at Broken Britain. Outstanding stuff!

Later that evening I head up to The Hub for cabaret star Meow Meow’s take on ‘The Little Mermaid’ for the International. This is a wickedly funny and entertaining 70 minute show that was the perfect way to round off the week. Meow Meow makes performance art with a sensibility that makes you want to head out in search of a dancefloor. (See if any of your friends are around before you go out, though, it’ll be rubbish by yourself.)

‘Tough crowd tonight?’, I said

Seiriol Davies and Carl Woodward

Seiriol Davies and Carl Woodward

‘Bloody Sunday audiences… Pretty bleak crowd tonight‘, said Meow Meow herself, fresh off the stage grazing on wasabi and clutching a half-pint of beer in the after show bar.

‘Well, quite. I had fun though! I thought you did a great job, for what it’s worth’, I smiled. Seriously, What a woman.

The night finished at 5am on the steps by the Edinburgh castle with Seiriol Davies.

Far too much white wine was consumed, I can’t remember much else to be honest.

Note: Fringe Fatigue is setting in – thank God there is a bath in my hotel room. Let’s see what joys tomorrow will bring.

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Mayflower Theatre to host World Premiere of Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid in September 2017

Mayflower Theatre in Southampton is to host the World Première of Northern Ballet’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Little Mermaid from 21 – 23 September 2017. Tickets go on sale from 30 November.

Northern Ballet's The Little Mermaid

Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid

Based on the famous fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a young mermaid who is willing to give up everything she knows in a search for love and the desire to gain a human soul. The Little Mermaid will be choreographed by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE whose most recent creations for the Company include Cinderella, The Great Gatsby and Beauty & the Beast. This new production will première in Southampton from 21 – 23 September 2017 before a UK Tour.

David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director at Northern Ballet, said: ‘2017 will be an exemplary example of Northern Ballet’s commitment to continuing to create new work and contributing to the dynamic UK dance scene. With an unprecedented three new full-length ballets in one year, I am delighted that we will be presenting audiences with such a diverse range of new productions. As a company of talented dance actors Northern Ballet is in a privileged position to be able to adapt so many different works and continue to challenge the idea of what stories can be told through dance. The Little Mermaid is an enchanting story and the fantastical underwater world of the mermaids evokes such beautiful imagery that it will be an excellent addition to our repertoire. So many people have grown up with an awareness of this classic tale and so I am looking forward to introducing audiences to the world beyond the waves.’

Tickets for Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid (21 – 23 September 2017) are on sale from 30 November from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at mayflower.org.uk. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833