I was in Ed for 31 days. The fringe didn't start for 3 days. I then saw 28 shows, so averaged 1.079 shows a day, as well as participating in 7 others and having 2 days off. There was literally nothing I saw that was a waste of time or terrible, but then I am not a critic (PTL) and camaraderie means you see good in other people's shows. Also I didn't see any student shows and a limited amount of plays, (just 2 in fact), so that cuts down on the potential under-rehearsed and/or boring nonsense.
Top 3 (of which there are 5) in no particular order:
- Alex Horne's Wordwatching - 3 years of prep for an utterly delightful show. Would pay my own hard earned honk to see this again.
- John Hegley - the man is deadpan genius.
- "Nick Mohammed is a character comedian" - and a blumin good one he is too.
- Ben Moore's Not Everything is Significant - bare footed charm.
- Josie Long - enthusiasm and joy on the very last night, when weariness had overcome us.
- The Wisecrackin,.....Behemoth
- Pegabovine Polite Club
- The Penny Dreadful's Aeneas Faversham Forever
- The Bird and the Bee: The Bee by Al Smith
- Mark Watson
- The Cheese and Pineapple club - these girls are a delight.
- Joanna Neary's Magic Hole
- Terry Saunders - Figure 8 - saw it twice, due to circumstances of blag and friend wanting to see
- Simply Fancy by Pig Island - australian Boosh-alikes
- Freeze! - Tim Key and Tom Basden tomfoolery
- Mould and Arrowsmith's a Sketch Show in Powerpoint
- The Boom Jennies - continue to be jealous of their french penpal sketch.
- Idiots of Ants
- Ginger and Black
- Tommy and the Weeks
- 2 rounds of We need Answers - Josie Long vs Paul Sinha; Kristen Schall vs. Alun Cochrune.
- The Search for Sunshine - devised play about death with delightful shuffling God obsessed with Bond.
- How to play the Ukelele in under an hour - useful for chord learnage.
- Wil Hodgson - had forgotten how delightful his storytelling is.
- La Clique - man climbing through tennis racket, striptease magic, homo-erotic chinese pole, you know, the usual.
- Tom Wrigglesworth
- Elizabeth and Raleigh
- Kristen Schaal and Kurt Wotsit.
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