Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dispatch from the Fringe

Well, friends, we have finished a very exciting run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and could not be more pleased with our experience.

Even Superheroes get tired of talking about themselves, so we thought we would take this time to talk about shows that we simply thought were SUPER. 

In particular we've had a blast watching the other shows playing at our venue (Greenside Venue) and two in particular have had a unanimous impact:

After What Comes Before

In Manic Chord Theatre's ensemble developed show, three scientists devise a machine to replace the process of psychoanalysis. The dialogue is complex and multi-layered and the show's incredible physicality adds such wonderful dimension to the storytelling. While Wishbone works a lot with ensemble developed pieces, we haven't explored this more physical method of performance. It was a huge inspiration to see it add such a positive impact to this performance.

Keep an eye out for Manic Chord Theatre. It sounds like they have some exciting new work up their sleeves. 


In Entita Theatre's devised prequel to Shakespeare's Tempest movement is again a critical component to how the story is told. We were amazed at how this company moved in unison to tell a beautiful story in such a creative way. 

Entita Theatre is a very young company that will impress us more and more in the years to come!


Wishbone would like to thank Tara, Nick and all of the Greensiders that made our week so stress free. We hope to be back!


Wishbone Theatre Collective

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Super and Fabulous George Brant

George Brant is a playwright that some of us at Wishbone had the pleasure to work with during Wordbridge, a playwriting workshop. There was no doubt in any of our minds that he was going to create wonderful work.

Now playing at Fringe is George's play, Grounded, about a female US military pilot. The reviews are very complimentary of the play, and from reading George's previous plays, we have complete confidence.

But don't take our word for it. Here's a review and a link to find tickets:

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Three Theatrical Projects That We Think Are Just Super!!

As part of our SUPER campaign, Wishbone is highlighting SUPER shows, ideas, projects and people as we get ready to take SPANDEX to Edinburgh Fringe. Here are our super picks of the week!

1)  Trash Cuisine by Belarus Free Theatre

Belarus Free Theatre and Young Vic, supported by LIFT and The Pleasance present Trash Cuisine, a play that challenges the use of capital punishment in modern society.  Since SPANDEX explores similar themes, we are definitely going to check out their performance. I've heard amazing things about this company's ingenuity. 

Unable to perform in their own country, Belarus Free Theatre has created thoughtful and creative pieces of art throughout Europe. They will be performing August 19th- 26th at The Pleasance Courtyard at 3:30 pm. 

For more info go to the Pleasance website. 

2) The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning 

I am very excited to check out this new award winning play by Tim Price. Special thanks to Ashley Durham who introduced Wishbone to this this BBC article about the play! 

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning is a play about the American soldier who was arrested for leaking state secrets to Wikileaks. This socially relevant and current topic is interesting in itself, but this play's style and individual performances are supposed to be phenomenal. 

The play will be performed August 06-25th at 2:30 and 7:30 pm at St. Thomas of Aquin's High School. For more info, go to their website


So this project is not a part of Edinburgh Fringe (that I know of), but VOICEOUT does such super work. I absolutely had to mention them! 

My dear friend Jess MacIntyre who runs an organization called ReachOut for LGBT refugee and asylum seekers, introduced me to the work of VOICEOUT. 

VOICEOUT is a project that uses the creative voice to empower LGBTQ+ youth and adults saying that, "Cultivating a strong personal and artistic voice gives our LGBTQ+ community a lifeline to validating their sexuality." 

Wishbone thinks their work is absolutely super! Check out their website for more details!


If you have any ideas on Super shows, projects or people we should highlight- then send them our way!!