Would also like to add some more that I have enjoyed so far Orwell that ends well- very interesting and funny comedy show about modern technology The rise qnf fall of Marcus Monroe- also vey in and nice to see me comedians Morgan and west - Return of the time travelibg magicians- good old fashioned magic and charming Tom Allen Absolutely- love him on Telly and did not disappoint at all The girl who jumped off the Hollywood sign- set in golden age Hollywood and with a great actress with singing classic songs Showstoppers - finally got rebound to seeing them, hilarious!
My first Fringe in (cough) about 30 years and pleased to see it in fine form - decent audiences for even quite obscure shows (who knew that there were 39 other people keen to see a one-man show about the life of skater John Curry at 11am?). Saw a total of 19 shows and no complete duffers so I guess I was lucky - some not so good but something to take from each of them - something that was poorly-written but that raised interesting ideas, or something that had one exceptional performance in an otherwise mediocre show.
Three that I'd particularly pick out are: Fag/Stag by The Last Great Hunt - two Aussie actors with intertwining unreliable monologues over a period of some weeks leading up to the wedding of a woman that they were both once in love with. More sophisticated than it first appears, it questions concepts of masculinity and friendship, particularly between gay and straight men. Play Something by Stage Write - tells the story of two men over decades. Clever device of using "the song which connects to a particular moment". Shamelessly sentimental. This won an Eddie at the Drayton Arms Theatre in London to get an Edinburgh run and is likely to come back to London. Thief by LR Stageworks - horrible venue down by Holyrood means this was the only show that I saw that struggled for an audience, which is a shame as there was an incredible, raw, aggressive performance in this one-man show inspired by Genet by way of Greenock. Genuinely shocking.
For anyone who likes 'Lord of the Flies', the last show I saw in my week was also one of the two shows I most enjoyed this year. It was called 'Nothing' and it was a great performance of a show that was thought-provoking and disturbing. I found it very dark. But, together with 'The Nature of Forgetting' it's one of the two shows that left the most impact on me this year.