ATC's prime cuts from this year's Edinburgh Festival are presented in alphabetical order only, with an incredible photo taken by Polina Kalinina, and are as follows:
Austentatious: an Improvised Jane Austen Novel - An improvised comedy that took us completely by surprise. It wasn’t just funny, the whole audience, men and women, were in hysterics.
Camille O’Sullivan - A mesmerising performer, changes characters in a wonderfully bonkers way throughout and the show feels like it’s taking place in a nuthouse, whorehouse, and a church all at the same time. To top it all off she then sings ‘Look Mummy No Hands’, a hush descends on the audience and we realise that we haven’t been this moved by a performance for a long long long time. Then we realise we're crying.
Confirmation – From Chris Thorpe, a challenging and personal account of the writer’s attempt to challenge his own thinking and explore the world of anti-immigration, bringing him scarily close to the far-right people he has always despised.
Exhibit B - From Third World Bunfight/Brett Bailey, and part of the Edinburgh International Festival, very powerful, sometimes unbearable in how much it makes you feel. It creates very interesting links between colonialism and racism in the contemporary Western world.
Ganesh vs. The Third Reich - Transcendentally joyous experience. Elephant mask for Christmas please. Made one lapsed Hindu in the team reasses his priorities.
Hug – A little piece by Verity Standen presented at Forest Fringe, more love squeezed into its 30 minutes than most people’s lives
James Acaster – HA! *chortle*
Klanghaus – part installation performance, part rock gig in the old animal hospital in the former vet school, which leaves you physically affected through the sound and beauty of the whole experience.
Lippy - By Dead Centre, an unconventional metatheatrical experience bringing text and movement together in a weird and engaging way. Non-literal, something rarely seen in theatre staged in the UK. Visually stunning.
Lungs - Great to see the Paines Plough Roundabout take off. And great to watch a play with no set, no props, no fuss - just text and some damn good acting. This is a simple modern love story, beautifully told.
Mental - From the vacuum cleaner, one of the most intimate and at the same time the most political performances we've seen; the saddest and the most hopeful story of a mental illness. Left you feeling very disturbed and wanting to change this screwed up world. Also what an amazing soundtrack!
The Object Lesson – this year’s Carol Tambor Award Winner and a surprisingly moving exploration of how we surround ourselves with things, and how these things come to tell the story of our lives.
Standby for Tape Backup - From Ross Sutherland, a beautiful metaphorical writing about memory, depression, death and life; clever, engaging, moving and dreamy.
This Is Ceilidh – A good evening of boisterous dancing for everyone to participate in, entertaining and fun.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit – Much hyped show returned to Edinburgh. Fulfilled hype wonderfully.