Summerhall @ The KIngs Hall
Thursday 11th August, 20.00
Every year people ask us what the Edinburgh festival is like. So, I try to explain by talking them through a specific day, like
this Thursday in fact. DARKCHATTERS Phil & Legs left the flat early so we could enjoy a gentle start to the day before “In
The Wine” a strong dance piece, followed by “Rob Auton – The Sleep Show” our favourite performance poet and “The
Melbourne Ska Orchestra” , a brilliant big band specialising in (surprise, surprise) Ska music.
And now we find ourselves at a new venue, near Summerhall. Arriving early as we weren’t sure what was going to
happen. we checked our bags in (for reasons which will become clearer later) and got ourselves in the mood for what
was about to occur with a couple of Vodka cocktails. We then sat ourselves at a large table and mingled with other
members of the audience.
There was a variety of live Ukrainian music played around us until the gig screens in the hall begin to show news reports
of Ukrainian protests in Kiev. Ironically, in view of the recent Brexit vote in the United Kingdom they began protesting about
moving away from the European Union and into the Russian bloc before the demonstrations become more anti the
This is one of those shows were the main enjoyment comes from not knowing what happens next so I will refrain from
providing too much detail. Suffice to say that this is one of the most extraordinary shows I have been involved in and this year is the 30th year since I attended my 1st Fringe festival.
Our emotional involvement was enhanced by the fact that we have been to Kiev (to watch Barry Town play Dinamo Kiev in the Champions League in 1997) and we both choked up when we saw pictures of buildings we recognised in the news footage. However, you will still get involved even if you know nothing about the Ukrainian situation.
If you buy tickets for the downstairs area (with excellent food which we recommend) you will get involved in events in some way, but how much depends entirely on you. You can blend into the background if you so wish. Similarly, you can just buy tickets to watch from the balcony.
People who don't know much about the Edinburgh Fringe festival often think it is just a comedy festival thanks to a lot of the media coverage, however productions like this prove there is much more to the fringe than that. This is important theatre as it succeeds in recreating how anyone can quickly get caught up in violence from just a simple protest.
This was an astonshing end to an astonishing day and is why we return year after year. You won't see shows like this anywhere else.