Edinburgh is almost upon us!

Not long now! Soon thousands of us will be descending on the city for (at least some of) August – I will be there for the whole month – I can’t wait! I’ve always thought the Fringe Festival is like a whole separate world – art, performance and music literally all around, it’s quite something…

Here is a link to the Fringe website for scouring through the THOUSANDS of shows which are offer: https://www.edfringe.com

One of my favourite things about the Edinburgh Fringe has to be that there is certain element of “you never know what you’re going get” when you book a show, and I’m not just talking about the production(s) – the venues vary hugely, you may find yourself in a traditional theatre-type situation, or a tent, or a cosy (that’s one way of describing it) darkened attic, an old church, or how about (what looks like) a barn? Who knows… maybe that’s why their hashtag this year is #intotheunknown – I think it’s very fitting!

Here is their latest (6th June 2018) news blog: https://www.edfringe.com/learn/news-and-events/leap-intotheunknown – lots more to see on their site, check it out.

Oleanna – David Mamet

Hello,

Oleanna (David Mamet) is by far the hardest script I have ever had to learn, because of the way he has constructed the characters’ dialogue. Having slaved away at the lines and finally been off-book for the last couple of weeks – I have had time to enjoy his words and peculiar phrasing, where he has captured the broken rhythm of conversation and the interrupted trails of thought.
It has been an interesting few weeks wrestling with the script. There are so many ambiguities in the interactions between the two characters and also within their own lines… many a rehearsal has ended with an hour long discussion with the director about why Carol acted the way she did, did John have a hidden agenda etc, and about individual moments in the text.
What can we learn from this exchange, for example:

CAROL: No. I: when I came to this School
JOHN: Yes. Quite (pause)
CAROL: Does that mean nothing?

There are some great moments in the text which could be played in many ways and which would have a domino effect on the upcoming action – all depending on how you play it.

I would  recommend that anyone who has read the play through once and found it irritating, frustrating or even strongly disliked it, to pick it up again and give it another chance. Mamet’s writing is so unique and SO clever. No matter what you think of the (frankly unpleasant – in my view) characters it is a play which makes some interesting observations.

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(Oleanna in rehearsal)

Lady Macbeth Tells Her Story

NEWSFLASH – Lady Macbeth tells her story

We have received confirmation that local independent journalist Rebecca Page has been researching and investigating Lady Macbeth’s version of events. Here’s what happened when we caught up with her yesterday:

For more information and updates on this story please visit:

https://goo.gl/6wh5SD

See more of the interview here