Sunday, May 10, 2009

Now Booking for Summer 2009

There's still plenty of theatre left to see in May & June before July brings the calm before the storm of Edinburgh's Festivals. It's still some time until the Fringe Programme is published but here's a quick run through of what we'll be seeing over the next few weeks...

We debated for a long time about seeing "Ghosts" at the Citizens but at a recent 'Friends of the Citz' coffee morning we were given a look at the set design and a chat by Jeremy Raison that intrigued us sufficiently to make us want to see the real thing. At the same time we also had Guy Holland's talking about "Museum of Dreams" but sadly we don't think we'll be able pass convincingly as eight year olds. It sounded absolutely magical so if you have kids in the 6 to 8 age bracket it should definitely be worth getting them along to see it.

We've already caught "The Ducky" and "Interiors" elsewhere before they reach the Tron in the next few weeks but we will be seeing "Hoors" when it transfers from the Traverse and Ankur Adult Theatre Workshop's "Love's Time's Beggar" which features a very intriguing concept. It's great to see the Tron running throughout the summer so we'll also hope to catch their "Cooking with Elvis" in July and Scottish Youth Theatre's Pinnochio at the start of August.

While the Fringe keeps us waiting, the Edinburgh International Festival's programme has been available for a while. Ticket prices become a bit of an issue in August given our annual contribution to the Fringe economy, so we'll be limiting our attendance at the EIF where costs can very quickly mount up. We've booked for the Traverse's contribution to the EIF, "The Last Witch", which rather confusingly is at the Royal Lyceum Theatre and has very limited ticket availability already. We might also try and catch "Faith Healer" which is one of three Brian Friel plays on offer.

There are still a few plays left in this season's "A Play, A Pie & A Pint" at Oran Mor and they've confirmed that they are following on from last year's successful series of Corona's Classic Cuts. This year's classics are "Medea", "Lady Windemere's Fan", "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "Romeo & Juliet". Unlike the regular lunchtime show it's likely that Waldorf will be joining me at the Saturday performances of these, so I'm afraid we won't be posting comments on them until after their runs have completed.