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The Edinburgh Fringe cometh...

It might be hard to believe but it's that time of year again. I feel like I'm still on the last dregs of a comedown from last year's Edinburgh Fringe, and yet here we are, in the last frenzied weeks of July before the far more frenzied weeks of August begin.

At Theatre Bristol we love Edinburgh. Thousands of shows, thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds who are so excited to make theatre happen they will eshew our rare August sunshine to shlep up to Edinburgh and show everyone what they've made.

Wonderful artists who, for one month of the year, have a show that is the most important thing in their entire world. A show that they are so passionate about sharing that they will flyer at all hours of the day, in all weathers. They will sacrifice a balanced diet, adequate sleep and sometimes dignity to get you to see their show. It is a wonderful, magical and strange thing that I have loved as an artist and punter for years.

This year I shall be wileding my Edinburgh pom poms from the TB offices in sunny Bristol, but that is not to say I will not be remaining as avid a follower of the Fringe as usual. And I have a great reason to be, as there are some marvellous Bristol artists bringing some great shows that I will be cheering on from the sidelines.

If you're caught in a pre-Edinburgh flap, the marvellous Christopher Harrisson (of The North! The North! fame) has drawn a beaut (and comforting) cartoon for you with some tips and advice in the lead up to the Fringe. Read it, enjoy it, print it, stick it to your wall. Carry it in your wallet wherever you go.

Edinburgh cartoon

Chris Harrisson's brilliant cartoon. Click here for an enlarged version.

If you're a Bristol artsist heading to the Fringe, why not use this as an opportunity to get involved with our Bristol Artsist Edinburgh Network? You might find someone to share a van with you, or to swap flyers with, or meet a new collaborator! Or, even better, just make a new BRISTOL MATE! There are a couple of things you can do, first of all, join our Facebook group here, and also let us know what show you're taking on the form here, and I'll be sure to add you to the shouting-about-rota.

Here's some stuff I'm excited about seeing from Bristol artists:

The North! The North! which recently stormed The Wardrobe in Bristol by Christopher Harrison is going to be at Summerhall - Tickets and info here.

For little ones, the mighty Wardrobe Ensemble bring The Star Seekers to Pleasance Dome Tickets and info here.

If you're less little, they are also bringing Education, Education, Education to the Dome tickets here, a comedy that brought the house down at Ferment in January and is coming back to Bristol Old Vic in Autumn.

Theatre Ad Infinitum are bringing Translunar Paradise back to the Fringe (yes!), so if you couldn't get tickets last time, here's your chance - Tickets here. They're also bringing their smash hit one-man-show Odyssey to the Pleasance, Tickets and info here.

Worklight are bringing THREE shows (phewf) MonsterLabels (both Pleasance - tickets here) and Fix (at Underbelly - tickets here). I cannot wait to see what these (very busy) people are doing.

Satire maestros Tobacco Tea Theatre Company are bringing The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to C Venues (tickets here) which promises to be a seriously entertaining show.

Tara Robinson/The Conker Group are bringing Gutted to the Pleasance, and having read the blurb this show is now firmly on my list - tickets and info here.

I Am Nincompoop present outlandish character comedy Wake Up And Deirdrealize (tickets here) at Just The Tonic described as an audacious combo of storytelling and a game show, with a dark twist.

Kane Power Theatre are bringing Mental to the beaut Assembly Roxy (here), a show about mental health that proimises to get people talking.

The Wardrobe's resident soap makers Closer Each Day are bringing they're mind boggling improvisational skills to C venues with This is Soap on all month, find out more here.

And finally, I am so excited to hear that Viki Browne is welcoming us into her sequin-encursted world with her uplifting show Help! at ZOO for the whole ruddy month! Go go go.

And click here for the updated Bristol Artists at Edinburgh 2017 list.

Indeed I'll also be heading to the Fringe for a luxuriously long weekend in August, and I'll be doing my best to catch the Bristol shows and just social media all over them, so be sure to tell us what's going on here.

And in the hairy moments, remember how incredible it is that the Fringe Festival continues to be an unstoppable, growing force in the world of theatre and performing arts, and is showing no signs of letting up. Long may it reign. And you get to be a part of that. Enjoy it! 

If you have any other thoughts about how you might want to sync up or get connected as Bristolians in the 'burgh, and think TB could help, drop me a line at miriam@theatrebristol.net.

For now, good luck and god speed,

Miriam for TB x

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