Day 1: The Fringe definitely seems quieter than other years. Even the usually over worked box-office attendants had time to sit and chat today as I purchased endless shows from my pre-prepared spreadsheet.
The best shows today:
‘That’s What I Go To School For’ is a brave tale of Houghton’s boarding school days. From being left to fend for himself with just a torch and a his first cheque book as a six-year-old, to being forced to play Rugby and being rewarded by a fortnightly trip to an awkward school disco with …. girls! Houghton’s charisma kept the audience engaged, though a few were visible shocked and not just from his scandalously un-ironed shirt. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘The Interdimensional ABK’ easily had the greatest introductional video of the day (think 80’s Ulysses cartoon). ABK is not from our dimension and this is a tale of his experience being amongst the B-dimensioners. A beautiful mix of unexpected impressions, multi-media, audience interactions and ginger biscuits. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘ I Think You Stink’ horror musical makes its return to the Fringe, first performed a decade a go. Nick Helm believes it is one of the best shows he’s written and now his star has risen he surely wants to play to a bigger audience. Sadly today’s theater was half-full, but this didn’t seem to take away any of the enthusiasm from the star studded cast that includes Sooz Kempner, Rob Kemp and Katie Pritchard. There were the odd mistakes and corpsing (largely from Kemp) but this seemed to add , rather than hinder the show. Warning: you may be attacked by inflatable eyes and ghouls. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Honourable mentions to Foxdog Studios with their interactive multi-media chaos and Spencer Jones’ ’50 Minute Disco Experiment’ – you will have to dance and possibly shake percussion.