Actress and Writer.
A full-time professional-training student at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's BA Performance.
Currently Freelancer.
Founder/Artist Director of Turtléar.

Edinburgh Fringe 2016

I'm going to share with you guys about my experience by visiting in Edinburgh Fringe back in August 2016. That month was really lovely weather, I got in on right time/day/place! It was really good experience by going in there myself, bringing my son or daughter or both to see the shows. I'm going to share you my opinion about each of them and there's you go:

Friday 12th August @ The Stand In The Square.
"The Fantastical Return of Greyfriar's Bobby" - Watch This Space Productions; sponsored by Arnold Clark.

It's my first performance to visit in Edinburgh Fringe at this year, and my son is joined me. It's small venue (in the big white tent and wood benches) but perfect place for all the families with young children. That's play I would've taking my son to see if there's no BSL interpreted because I want my son to enjoying his own moment. Unfortunately for me I possible will not understand what's they going to say, however, am so thankfully that the play did provided BSL interpreted. It was really lovely to see the performers gave a big welcome to interpreter to joining in with them upon the stage. I was really appreciate that, so I can get my son bond with me after the show to talking about it. The way performers' words which are very clever, funny and very imaginative for both children and families to getting connect with them and enjoying their journey throughout the plot. The story was so wonderful, and to encouraging young children (and adults too!) to getting involve throughout their journeys, and the ridiculous clues to find. Obviously, my son loved it and suddenly got himself upon the stage uninvited and helping the performers with one of those clues! I'm glad that he working it out by himself and concept what's going on. It's really lovely to see! Also really lovely to sit together with my son and we can talking about the play. I am definitely recommending this play to deaf parents and/or deaf children - they will love that play!

Saturday 13th August @ Summerhall
"People of the Eye" - Deaf & Hearing Ensemble.

I took my daughter with me to see this show. I know the director and also one of the performers in there, so we came to supporting them. However, in the play - I found this play very common in my deaf childhood. (Except deaf school as I was bringing up in mainstream school.) Very emotional, laughing, understanding/agreement over throughout deaf people's childhood in hearing world; feeling so left out in surround of the hearing families, grow up with oral/sign language, how to approaching the deaf people and also what's deaf lives are like. It had an accessible play include captioned (instead than bored, old white letters subtitled) - they're use the projection, live performance, which accessible for both deaf and hearing audience. I sometimes found it a bit difficult to read the captioned when performers stand on the stage, but, hey, it's bloody technology! Overall, I really enjoying it, I did.

Tuesday 16th August @ Zoo.
"Finders Keepers" - Hot Coals Theatre.

Took both of my children to see "Finders Keepers" - we all love it! No words (except just one) - all including body language, face expression, action, which show everything in the story without text, script or words - my mind work already got it! The story was right there upon the stage! Two tramps live in the junkyard do their everyday route, which are so always same thing everyday, until suddenly one night something's unexpected surprise that change their lives. Really, really mind-blowing. Very visual performance, accessible which I can give one example - they use the light bulbs to show the sound like as the background musics and sound of crying. From where I was sitting, I can feel the vibrate through the music (still no, I still have no idea what the song it was but only can feel it). Very highly recommended for EVERYONE from young to eldest people in the world, to go and see it! Directed by Caroline Parker, Performers: Jo Sargeant and Clare-Louise English. I would go and see it again, definitely!

Wednesday 17th August @ Scottish Storytelling Centre.
"Leaf by Niggle" - wrote by JRR Tolken.

Beautiful set, also 1hr 10 mins monologue from the performer about the painting, neighbour, journey, fell ill, return home and realised what he have missing for a whole time. Very emotional storytelling at the end but I actually enjoying it. BSL interpreted, unfortunately, on very end side from the stage and wearing BLACK! Don't get me wrong; his translate was very smooth, clever and rhythm. But spotlight on him - black clothes and black background is a massive no-no. Not so suit on the stage on very end-side stage. I was so exhausted to remind myself over and over that he is just translate from the performer's voice. I also wish he would wearing the same what the performer are wearing so I won't have to remind myself over and over. Also lost in connect between actor and interpreter which mean I have to look back and fro between them both. And the stage is dark/dull, which make my eyes tiring easily. I was working so hard to enjoying it but hopeful at next time it would be easily-rest enjoyable. However, the storytelling was so lovely, talking about "family tree" that been collection from the past. I bought a wee book of "Leaf by Nibble" by JRR Tolken - am looking forward to read it through my free time.

Wednesday 17th August @ Assembly, George Square (Box)
"Laurence Clark's Independence"

Was so lucky to be there as it's only one-off BSL interpreted! So hilarious, I can feel that at some audience was so uncertainly if they are allowing to laugh or not but Laurence is so clever, know how to make us to burst out laughing. He was talking about himself being an independence due to his Cerebral Palsy (CP) - learning how to cope with himself. For example, can he put the shoes on with the laces; use train's public toilet, interpreter's translate, and drink straight from a bottle of milk without a straw? It was really good to see him have BSL interpreted provided so I can enjoying his comedy moments. And good to see him again since his last performance "Proposeless Movement" which was so mind-blowing as well!

Friday 19th August @ Summerhall
"Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons"

Thanks to Jenny Sealey for gives me a ticket to see this play. That's funny thing happening to me... After I finished my first-year of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland course BA Performance over summer, I've read the script book of "Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons" and realises that it's happening in Edinburgh Fringe! Just my luck! However, I actually enjoying to watch the play but most watching at interpreters instead because the performers were talking too fast. But I still image those performers in interpreters. While I watching them, I suddenly feel like I was sitting in the cafe and being naughtiness nosy at their conversation in BSL with their face expression and different level of the emotional. I know it's so confused with the numbers in almost each of their conversation but very enjoying it. At same time I know it's so sad to say farewell to Edinburgh Fringe for last time of 2016 and I was getting ready to packing and flying to Belfast for another festival and also wee break over there.

I want to say a big thank you to all performers which I see at all above, interpreters for their hard working, Finders Keepers for being very useful and relax performance, also thank you all who contact me through Turtléar to share your informations, made videos about your plays/performances. It also lovely to meet old and new faces in Edinburgh. Also thank you to YOU who read my blog. Hope you all have a lovely day.

EJ x

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