It’s too early for reviews as the Fringe hasn’t officially started yet, but tonight is the first night Pleasance Courtyard is open and as usual I will be there with friends for a beer or two, and to see my first shows of the year. Based on what we saw last year and have seen elsewhere we already have some shows booked or pencilled in, so I thought I share what they are by way of recommendations for anyone looking for things to see on previews (Thu/Fri) or 2 for 1 (Mon/Tue), or just for entertainment over the weekend:
- FREE on Saturday: Pleasance Press Launch 2013 (our review of Pleasance Press Launch 2012)
- East End Cabaret: Dirty Talk (our review of last year’s show: East End Cabaret: Notoriously Kinky (5*))
- Richard Herring: We’re All Going to Die (our review of last year’s show: Richard Herring: Talking C*ck (4.5*))
- Lady Rizo (our review of last year’s show: Lady Rizo (4.5* / 5*))
- The Boy With Tape On His Face: More Tape (one of the artists at Pleasance Press Launch 2012)
- Creative Martyrs: After the Apocalypse (Free Fringe, our review of last year’s show: Creative Martyrs: An Hour Long Sinister Wink (4.5* / 5*))
- The Mechanisms: Ulysses Dawn (Free Fringe, our review of last year’s show: The Mechanisms: Once Upon A Time (in space) (4*))
- The Noise Next Door: Sopundhouse (our review of last year’s show: The Noise Next Door: Bring The Noise (4*))
- Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay Is Going For A Number One (our review of last year’s show: Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay’s Bum Notes (4*))
- Claudia O’Docherty: Pioneer (our review of last year’s show: Claudia O’Doherty – The Telescope (3.5*))
- Susan Calman: Always (She is brilliant on the radio so I want to see her live)
- Silhouette Burlesque (Free Fringe 10pm every day, Tron Kirk search here – someone we know and have seen perform, we’re pretty sure this will be a great show!)
- Aurora Winterborn’s Candid Cabaret (runs intermittently throughout the year – we went to the last one and it was excellent)
A note on star ratings to assist with the above, and our reviews when they start coming out. We are tough graders…
- 1* = Dreadful, probably offensive without any artistic merit, walked out, will avoid anything by the same people, waste of money
- 2* = Poor effort. Glad when it ended.
- 3* = Enjoyed it, would recommend to others
- 4* = Really very good, will actively look for other shows by the same people, highly recommended
- 5* = Absolutely excellent – would really like to go straight back in and see it again! A rare accolade.
We sometimes give half points, and sometimes the two of us will give different scores!