With over 3000 shows at the world’s biggest arts festival, here at The ReviewsHub,we want to make the job of choosing your Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows that little bit easier. So here’s Ian Horgan and Ryan Duncan from Lines answering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Spoken word theatre that finds the humanity hidden in the crowded London Underground.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
After our first taste of the Fringe last year we have been keen to return with new material and a better understanding of what needs to be done to succeed among so much competition. We put the concept forward for The Scottish Daily Mail Award. Upon receiving a commendation, we gained the financial support to take an ensemble of ten to The Fringe. This large and diverse ensemble is key to the eclectic nature of our piece.
This support of the award combined with a year of development and opportunity for our young company, we are confident with this piece representing us in Edinburgh.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
If you are ayoung company, shamelessly ask for help and advice. It’s an industry of mutuality, more people succeeding means more work is happening. People want to help.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
Since our first piece of new writing last year, we have been attempting to combine poetic text with the social concerns of our time, moving towards a deftness where instead of the audience being bombarded with lyricism, they are rather provided with a musical undercurrent that compliments the subject matter.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
For spoken word,Loud Poetsand for a much-needed laugh, it has to be Shit-Faced Shakespeare. Pardon the profanity, it’s part of the title.
Ontroerend Goed’s World Without Us which is also at Summerhall. Their ideas are always powerful and I love the way they fearlessly explore new forms of theatre.
We, of course, recommend all the other shows in Rose Bruford’s Summerhall programme.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: Lines
Venue: Summerhall – Upper Church
Dates:5 – 15 August 2016