We’ve sent a Lowry contingent of Theatre programmers and Community workers to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and they’ll be blogging and sharing their experiences throughout the week.
You can follow them on twitter @GillianTSherwoo | @davidhfry | @porlcooper | #lowryedfringe for daily updates and keep checking the blog for more in depth coverage.
At this stage we’d also like to wish Monkeywood Theatre [Once in a House on Fire], Fiddy West [Wrecked] and Theatre Ad Infinitum [Translunar Paradise] all the best for their respective Edinburgh runs. All three productions were developed with The Lowry Studio.
Day 1 with Gillian Sherwood, Community Development Manager
I have a confession to make. This is the first time I’ve ‘done the Festival’ (I’m Scottish. This probably means I’ve committed a crime against my nation).
I’m here for CPD. I’m from a heritage background & while I’ve always loved the theatre I’ve tended to play it safe. So, my mission is to move out of my comfort zone.
My focus is going to be contemporary dance, physical theatre & new writing with some street performance & early years stuff thrown in for good measure. Hopefully this will help inform the thoughts of the Community & Education Team around The Lowry Street Team & our under-5s activities. That’s the theory anyway.
Shows I’m going to see include new writing at the Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show, Collision, Amusements & Caesarean Section-Essays on Suicide (definitely outside my comfort zone!). Wish me luck, I’m going in… www.edfringe.com
Credit: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
Ok, so we’ve established I’m Scottish & therefore presumably should have a map of Edinburgh built into my genes or possibly have one scroll across my retina in an Iron Man style. Instead I spend my first half hour of the day feeling like a complete ‘numpty’ trying to locate the Fringe Arts Industry Office. It’s closed.
I retreat to a nearby cafe to better appreciate the E4 Udderbelly marquee & to watch the city wake up. At least I now have the chance to better get my bearings & look ahead to what today’s due to bring.
First up is The Big Bite-sized Breakfast Show. I’ve no idea what to expect as the shows rotate but I’m hopeful – it’s had good reviews & my Lowry colleagues have recommended it as one to see… I’ll report back shortly.