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 Matt Morillo from All Aboard the Marriage Hearse answering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
This play is a roller coaster about you and your husband or wife or partner or significant other.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
My theatre company’s first Edinburgh Fringe was in 2013 at the legendary Gilded Balloon. The experience was pure magic. We were hooked. That first year, we brought a two-hander romantic comedy called The Inventor and the Escort, similar in style, intimacy, and tone as our current play All Aboard the Marriage Hearse. We received numerous four and five-star reviews and took home Fringe Review’s Teapot Award for Outstanding Theatre Performance, and we just felt like we belonged here; like our work is understood and appreciated here. We are back at the Fringe because of the camaraderie, the passion, and the energy of the festival. We are back at the Gilded Balloon because they take such incredible and impeccable care of their performers and productions.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Pack light, dress in layers, see as many shows as you can, and go off the beaten path. Indeed, you should see the bigger-budgeted productions at the top venues, like the Gilded Balloon, but take a chance on the low or no budget productions. There is magic, genius, and sheer joy in some of those hidden gem shows. Also, make sure to try haggis (it’s not for everyone but I’m a fan) and some of the amazing kabob joints (the best chicken pakora in the world) And deep fried Mars Bars are a must on a late-night walk home from the pub and some fish and chips.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
We warmed up our show this past June at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles, and a couple of reviewers said we were the most “un-fringey” show in the Fringe. We took that as a huge compliment. Our show is simple: two actors, a man, and a woman, deeply in love, at a crossroads in their relationship: real people, real issues, real problems, real resolution. There is no gimmick, no hyper-sexual or hyper-violent hook, no wacky take on a current issue. This play is truly for every adult who ever loved another human being and had to make the decision to stay or go; to compromise or give up; to fight to be right or fight to be loved.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
I always catch any show Ruaraidh Murray creates. His one-man shows are mesmerizing, challenging, raw, and immediate. My fellow native New Yorker Lucie Pohl always brings some good stuff. I am also looking forward to 24 Hours with Mary Lynn Rajskub at the Assembly because I am a huge fan of American female comedians. I also love the hilarious Aunty Donna, the brilliant Croft and Pierce, and the charming Will Seaward…I never miss their shows.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: All Aboard the Marriage Hearse
Venue: Gilded Balloon
Dates:3 – 29 August 2016(not 16)