FINAL WEEKEND RECOMMENDATIONS!!! I've seen some great stuff in the last week and you should too before it all ENDSSSSSSSS
The Claim - Roundabout - 12:50: Look, I know we're all tired. But there's the general, cynical outrage that seems totally unavoidable in this dystopian hellscape we inhabit, and then there is the sort of visceral anger that burns in your chest and threatens to shoot out your fingertips as you, for example, dismantle the Home Office brick by brick with your own two human hands. We have waaaaay too much of the former and waaaaay to little of the latter. I honestly had forgotten that the latter was even possible, let alone good and powerful, until I saw this show. Go see The Claim. Put yourself in the shoes of a refugee. Get FUCKING ANGRY. Memorise the feeling, and channel it.
Too Pretty to Punch - ZOO Southside - 13:25: Edalia Day is a solo performer and projection designer and nb trans femme *wonder*. This is a phenomenal show both for queer & trans people who just want to be fucking seen for a second AND for people who are slightly embarrassed that they don't have a good handle on what all this trans stuff is about. It's spoken word and singing and banjo (!!) and like, genuinely some of the most creative and well-executed projection work I've seen in... like... ever? See it. (Full Review)
Parakeet - Roundabout - 17:05: It's gig theatre about fuckin weird teenage girls starting a punk band and protesting to save a parakeet nesting tree in Margate. It's such a good reminder of how weird and great teenagers are. The music is dope. The energy is electric. Just go.
The 900 Club - Scottish Poetry Library - 18:15: Four ex-uni mates from Glasgow reunite five years after the suicide of their mutual friend and try to reconnect. And it's all in verse - spoken word verse, not hip-hop verse. Gotta love a play in verse. I think they're only on till Saturday, but this was just such a beautiful, quiet little story and tickets are literally a fiver (which leaves you with more money to spend on poetry books!!).
I'm Alex, a theatre-maker based in the Bay Area with an outpost in Edinburgh, Scotland.