In computer game parlance an “Easter egg” is defined as an unexpected or undocumented feature, included as a bonus. A key benefit of Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website, is its use of promotional videos. These allow promoters to boost their shows by offering potential audiences a preview of their work in progress.
Touretteshero: Backstage In Biscuit Land
In 2006 Jess Thom – artist, writer and part time superhero – was diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome. The condition compels her to make movements and noises which she can’t control. She is reckoned to say ‘biscuit’ 16,000 times a day. Her unusual neurology gives her a unique perspective on life, which she’s ready to share with the rest of the world.
Backstage in Biscuit Land is Thom’s brand new show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival exploring spontaneity, creativity and disability. We’re promised ticcing, singing, stand-up, story telling and things we never knew would make us laugh. With Kickstarter support Thom will be bringing “the most biscuity theatre ever” to Pleasance Above.
Written and directed by Rebecca Hill, and produced by Bradley Leech of Unbound Productions, Travesti is a verbatim play incorporating music and dance. It takes women’s real stories about unruly body hair, being groped on public transport, and experiences of sexual violence, and puts them in the mouths of an ensemble cast of six male actors.
Unbound are an ambitious company of multitudinous talents. It’s no surprise that they have been offered some prime theatrical real estate, 14:50 in Pleasance’s Jack Dome, a place of honour in the venue’s 30th anniversary programme.
The Post Show Talk Back
This August, the pop-comic aesthetic honed and owned by the Berserker Residents is going to be pitched in a curve ball. Audiences will arrive to discover they are already late. Having just managed to catch the curtain call they will bear witness a surreal take on the time-honoured post show discussion.
Hailing from Philadelphia the Berserker Residents blend physical theatre, puppetry, music, sketch, and prop comedy to create memorable theatrical events.
Have a look at the other potential shows we’ve previewed: Kat Woods’ Belfast Boy; Finn Anderson’s Alba; A Scottish Musical; The Wrong Shoes Theatre Company’s The Anima Project; Apphia Campbell’s Black is the Color of My Voice; Ian Harvey Stone’s The Devil Without; The Red Oak Theatre Company’s Funny Girl; Luc Valvona’s The Improvised Improv Show; Dogstar Theatre’s Factor 9; Unprescribed by almuni of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama; Wac Arts’s Journies Beyond; Paperbark Theatre Company’s This Is Where We Live; and A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the bright young things of Kent State Uni’s Transforum Theatre.
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