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 Scenes from an Urban Gothicanswering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Scenes from an Urban Gothicis an imaginative, physical performance depicting one man’s struggle against The City, a dark and surreal metropolis where time waits for no one.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
The performance is inspired by the archetypal character portrayed in well-known works of literature such as Joseph K in The Trial or Lucius in The Golden Ass, where the protagonist finds himself in a disorientating, surreal world that is both unexpected and overwhelming. As theatre artists, we were really excited by the challenge of creating such a world through live performance and thought of no better place to showcase it than at the largest arts festival on the planet.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
It’s a long month but an absolutely unforgettable experience. Don’t be embarrassed to spend a day indoors by yourself, we’ve found that at times it’s exactly what you need. And whatever you do, eat something deep fried and grab a coffee from Black Medicine.
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 create detailed worlds out of thin air, rich in possibility, right before your very eyes. Using the body as material, we employ a physical, visual and aural language that is clear and recognisable yet has the ability to ignite the imagination and transport an audience into its own journey.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
Most of the shows at Theatre Arts Exchange. It’s a brand new venue which values ambitious, innovative work with collaboration at its heart – we’re particularly excited about the socialist magic.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show:Scenes from an Urban Gothic
Venue:Theatre Arts Exchange
Dates:5-27 August2016 (not 7, 14, 21)