A wander through the parks and byways of the city this Easter Sunday reveals the twin themes of rebirth and renewal to be topping the bill. Spring has sprung. I’ve even managed to ‘catch the sun’ – meaning that I have shifted on the tanning spectrum, from White Walker to Wildling.
“Magnolia in bud is a fairer prospect than when in bloom.”
With spring comes the promise of summer, and for Edinbuggers, resident and diaspratic, summer is the Fringe. In this online, plugged-in age of wonders the budding of the Fringe is most manifest in the Kickstarter campaigns launched by hopefuls aiming to bring their shows to the festivals in August.
Andromeda Turre: Kiss Me
Spending ten years on the dating scene has been an experience of heart-break and hilarity for Andromeda Turre. She has woven this wealth of tragicomic material into the songs and stories of Kiss Me, the show which will mark the sultry songstress’ Fringe debut.
Her sound has been described as a cross between Sting, Sade and Adele. The show’s launching pad will be at Space Cabaret on the Royal Mile, perhaps with an album and book to follow. Accompanying Turre in August will be a band of four including her drummer brother Orion.
Turre, who is the daughter of jazz musicians, currently stars in Sleep No More in New York, and does background vocals at Saturday Night Live. She has toured 17 countries with her own band, was the last Raelette hired to sing background vocals for Ray Charles, and starred in Woody Allen’s Murder Mystery Blues.
Have a look at the other potential shows we’ve previewed: Kat Woods’ Belfast Boy; Finn Anderson’s Alba; A Scottish Musical; The Wrong Shoes Theatre Company’s The Anima Project; Apphia Campbell’s Black is the Color of My Voice; Ian Harvey Stone’s The Devil Without; The Red Oak Theatre Company’s Funny Girl; Luc Valvona’s The Improvised Improv Show; Dogstar Theatre’s Factor 9; Unprescribed by almuni of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama; Wac Arts’s Journies Beyond; Paperbark Theatre Company’s This Is Where We Live; A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the bright young things of Kent State Uni’s Transforum Theatre; Jess Thom’s Touretteshero: Backstage In Biscuit Land; Unbound Productions’ Travesti; Berserker Residents’s The Post Show Talk Back.
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