Returneth from Ed and Prep for Reading & Leeds Festival.
We just got back from Edinburgh and we're straight onto a twisted new version of Dr Frankenstein's Travelling Freak Show, aptly renamed to: Dr Frankenstein's Freakish Peepshow.
Edinburgh was phenomenal! It really was, the show went down a storm and our box office, our critics and our audiences would suggest it was a total success! So we couldn't be much happier than that.
Here's a tiny amount of the photo's we took for your viewing pleasure:
|Dr Frankenstein's Peeping Freak Hole. Made using the peep hole of our flat door in Ed Burgh.|
|Press Day Pandemonium.|
|A family and some freaks.|
|Making the papers... Even if it is just a mildly racist facial.|
|Spanish Night in the Irish Bar|
|Antonio/A Gopher enjoying the sights of Ed Burgh|
|A weird Scottish elf mischievously sniffing it's finger... I don't know.|
|Me by a window in our flat.|
|A naked poster pole. This didn't last long.|
Since getting back, things have been more hectic than they were when we were in Edinburgh, and Edinburgh is a ridiculous place to be around this time of year. If you've not been and have always wanted to I'd strongly urge you to act on that impulse. It is an incredible beast. Since getting back however we have been confronted by some sad times. We've had to move out of our big beautiful shared arts space to make way for Halfords and their bike bits and car parts, which is fine, but still a bit sad and leaves us some what in the lurch in terms of rehearsal space but the kind folks of The Post Port office have offered us a very temporary home and we're working well in their strange but enchanting space.
We've set about the weird task of creating some short play-within-a-play's for our play-already-in-a-play. Idea's that we've had bubbling up for some time now are beginning to take form in what is becoming a sketch based format in which Julius. M. Barker, Bethilda the Bearded Lady and Sangieve the Lobster Mind Reader retell ridiculously titled Ye Olde Victorian Fables.
Going back to the devising side of our working processes we took turns writing descriptive words, emotive words, characters, objects and animals then we've pulled them out of five bowls and put them together. Like tiny Frankenstein's of words.
Here are some of the gems:
The Soggy Clothed, Freakishly Distraught, Bognor Regis Jungle Boy.
The Insanely Mischievous Windy Bob By the Brooke.
The Tale of Cpt Grey Sack and his Haunted Foreskin.
The Bastard Duke Longlobe and the Tale of the Hairy Turnip.
The Cave of the Big Black and Beautiful Wig.
The Death of Grampy's Thyme Plant.
Here's a pic from todays rehearsal in Post Port of The Tale of Cpt Grey Sack and his Haunted Foreskin.
So... Quite a weird selection of fables with a lymric that is too rude to blog about and a few characters such as The Chubby Slightly Left Wing Chimney Sweep and Steve Wonder. We've got a good few days to turn these into extra parts for the show, so should be a goer. Keep you posted.
We're knackered but well happy at the moment. Back from a very successful Ed Fringe gaunt, straight into something new and exiting that feels all comfortable and familiar at the same time. Beautiful.