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Edinburgh Fringe: Ross Willis reports


Jack Drewry is a theatre-maker, musician and performer, he's currently the Live Composer for Closer Each Day, a member of Interval and the Artistic Director of Tremolo Theatrewhose show The Hours Before We Wake, directed by Jack himself, is currently playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

The Hours Before We Wake is a sharp dystopian comedy about lucid dreaming, technology and not letting anyone inside your head. Tremolo Theatre use music, movement and intricate sound design to explore their version of the future. 

I went to meet Jack to find our about the show and how their feeling about Edinburgh. You can read the full interview here

The Hours Before We Wake is playing at the Underbelly Cowgate, Belly Button until the 28th August




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Public Transport's We Are Brontë is a ludicrous and inventive interpretation of the Brontë myth, taking the real and imaginary worlds of the Yorkshire siblings as inspiration. With only a handful of props, two performers deconstruct not only Gothic themes of love, madness and revenge, but also themselves. 

I had a chat with Angus Barr, Artistic Director of Publick Transport to find about the show. You can read the full interview here

We Are Brontë plays at Summerhall from the 3rd - 14th August at 13:20 







I've gone to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival a few times.

The last time I went, I left it too late to book accommodation so I ended up trawling desperately on Couchsurfing.com and managed to find someone to stay with. We'll call him Peter. Peter seemed normal and sane. Sure he spent twenty five minutes demonstrating how to use the kettle but who's perfect?

Peter wasn't perfect, far from it.

Skip ahead a few hours, a one hour demonstration on how to use the light switch and Peter passionately telling me about how he's just discovered Febreze, it's finally bed time. I thought all was going to be well in slumber land until I wake up in the middle of night and catch my new friend Pete watching me sleep and breathing heavily like some over excited Pug. Luckily I had friends staying in Edinburgh so I crashed with them instead.

I've not returned to Edinburgh since.

Due to what feels like the country continuously taking a massive shit on itself, it really feels like we need the Edinburgh Fringe Festival more than ever this year. A festival which is built on inclusiveness, in which strangers have a shared experience, a tidal wave of artistry and a little rebellious

With over three thousand shows sometimes the experience can feel a little overwhelming, almost apocalyptic drowning in flyers and battling the ever changing weather so I'll be giving a booster seat to Bristol artists taking work up. I'll be nosing in on their artistic practice, festival plans and pondering their thoughts on the deep-fried Mars bar.

I just hope none of you are staying with Peter.

Theatre Bristol's wonderful Co-Director Katie Keeler is up in Edinburgh and will be hosting a lunch/get together on Monday 15th August for any Bristol artists who are up there. The deets will be posted on Theatre Bristol's Edinburgh Facebook Page, the perfect place to share resources and cagoules.

Ross Willis

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