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 Strangers: A Magic Playanswering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
In the same way that a musical blends theatre and music, our show blends theatre and magic to create a one-of-a-kind performance.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
I’ve been working on the concept of blending magic with dramatic narratives for the past seven years and the time feels right for it to be performed. Magic is going through a renaissance of sorts with a lot more magic being watched on TV and online, and I think our new take on such an old art will be enjoyed now more than ever.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Publicity, publicity, publicity! Get out there and tell everyone about your show, especially face to face so they can see your passion and excitement for it because that will sell your show better than anything else. Also, don’t work so hard that you forget to enjoy the festival. You’re in a city that gets taken over and transformed into this mecca of creativity and originality for a month each summer, don’t miss out on what the rest of the festival has to offer.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
I believe the blend of magic and theatre that we have developed is unique. There are lots of acts that have vague narratives over magic routines or plays that have occasional tricks for effect. With us, if you took the magic out of the show you’d still have interesting dramatic scenes and if you took the narratives out you’d still have substantial and entertaining magic.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
I’m a massive fan of sketch comedy (when it’s done well) and I saw a preview of the show Tyrannosaurus Sketch a few months ago. Every sketch hit and the audience was bellowing with laughter and applauding between each of them. If you see one sketch show in Edinburgh this August make it that one.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show:Strangers: A Magic Play
Dates: 5th-13th of August
Time: 14:35 (50 minutes duration)