Posts Tagged ‘Edinburgh Fringe’

Mini-Review – Slapdash Galaxy: 3D! – BunkPuppets at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

August 26, 2013

With way too much on offer at the Fringe, I was pleased to find one show that stood up and said, “See me!” Yes, the combination of shadow puppets, space pirates, and a 3D finale meant that Slapdash Galaxy was at the top of my list of shows to see at the Fringe.

The performance was done as a one-man effort (with occasional help from the audience’s shadows): we had a sort of mad Gepetto making puppets out of devices placed on his hands, his thumbs making their mouths. He’s built them so their eyes could blink and their eyeballs move: with just two moving parts he was able to create a huge range of emotions.

The story was of two brothers forced to leave their home planet and seek a new home amongst the stars …with their magic fish. (I thought it seemed a bit like the background of Superman …excepting the fish.) You’d think a tiny spaceship on a stick wouldn’t be very convincing, but with the help of a little smoke and the circular screen for the people puppets (like a port hole), I was bought in. The puppeteer mocked his medium (especially when accidents occurred), but the jokes made it all easier to get connected to the story without getting too caught up in any lack of verisimilitude.

While I thought the peak of the action was going to be when the elder brother fought off a tentacled spider (nicely brought to life by an audience member) thanks to GIANT SMOKE RINGS which I really thought were the height of puppetry special effects, in fact, it got even better at the end, when 3D glasses and red and blue black lights turned the shadows into A PIRATE SHIP IS FLYING IN THE AUDIENCE. Which was awesome. And there was a space zoo and a happy ending. Win!

(This review is for a performance that took place on Sunday, August 25th, 2013. There is a final show today.)

Pre-show anticipation – Matthew Bourne’s “Portrait of Dorian Gray” – the excitement is building! – and discount tickets for Peony Pavillion

June 2, 2008

I actually broke down and bought my tickets for Portrait of Dorian Gray today. I’m not going to be able to make it Edinburgh to see it as part of the Fringe (that weekend was already booked), but the September London presentation at Sadler’s Wells is a must. I will now be seeing it on Wednesday, September 3rd, and I’m excited! It’s also now the theatrical event that’s booked furthest ahead on my calendar. Tickets for most of the main floor were already sold, which I think is pretty impressive.

Oddly, this all came about because I was rebooking my tickets for The Peony Pavillion, since a fabulous deal came my way – £15 stalls seats for any show, if you use the promotion code pcdchineseopera . For all of the people who’ve come to this blog looking for info on authentic Chinese cultural presentations, I’d like to encourage you to see this show – it should be top of the line and it’s not the thing I’ve ever had the opportunity to see. Go go go (both of you)!

I also booked tickets for the Sara Baras flamenco show in mid-July (also at Sadlers Wells), and I’m kind of wondering about seeing the English National Ballet’s show at the Royal Festival Hall in early July. It’s got choreography by three people I’ve never heard of before, but it’s also butting right up against my departure date for the York Early Music festival, so I might be too pressed to catch it. Sadly, I’ve never been particularly electrified by any performance I’ve seen by ENB, so this is also making me think I shouldn’t go … but maybe this time things would be … different.

Closer in, I’ve got a pile of tickets accumulating in anticipation of my uncle’s arrival next week – the Marguerite the Musical set, a quartet of Revenger’s Tragedy at a delicious £10 a pop, a trio for Romersholm at the Almeida (I never see discount tickets there – makes me think they must do a better job at picking the right shows for the right length of time, or maybe they’ve done a good job of cultivating a steady audience) … now all I need is to have those silly Powder Her Face tickets jump in my hand for the Sunday June 15th performance, and somehow get a few for the Edith Bagnold’s Chalk Garden at the Donmar on Wednesday June 11th – but it looks sadly like they are sold out and you can forget my doing standing room for anything these days. Perhaps Afterlife at the National will prove an acceptable substitute, but with my luck it won’t even be on that day.

In a final note, I am still beating myself up for not ordering my Jordi Savall tickets for the York Early Music Festival early enough, and am praying to the gods of returned tickets to show me some mercy on this – he’s the whole reason I’m going!