Look, I wanted to do a recommendation post on Sunday, but I just like... hadn't seen anything good enough.
Now I have. You're welcome:
FOR ONLY AN HOUR - 19:35 - DanceBase: This is, and I'm not exaggerating even one iota, a perfectly formed piece of queer art. Phil Sanger is a dancer, but it's so much more than dance. It's drag and Dance and storytelling and dance and comedy and history and song and love. Love for himself, love for all of us queers, love for everything a queer artist has ever made or ever loved. It's a tapestry, a collage, a museum of perfect, beautiful moments. I'm gonna see it again. I've got a 500 word Broadway Baby review in the pipes and I could probably triple the length off the top of my head. I haven't stopped thinking about it like, a single time since it ended. See this show. (Full Review)
EVERYTHING I SEE I SWALLOW - 18:00 - Summerhall: The best mother/daughter play I've seen in a long time. Their relationship is based around competing feminist analyses. What happens when a hardcore second-waver's beautiful daughter becomes an Instagram shibari artist? Beautiful fucking circus is what happens. These women did shit with and on ropes that I had never imagined possible, including a d o u b l e s a c t. I said 'what the fuck' to myself about six times *during the show*.
ISLANDER - 10:00 - Summerhall: Look, an early night would definitely be good for you anyway. Have one, and then drag yourself out of bed and be swept away. It's a musical. It's in the Roundabout. If you're not sold already, we need to have a chat (and also go see something in the Roundabout together). A two-woman cast conjures an entire Scottish island voting to stay or go, and an encounter with their mythic cousins, whose island follows the whales. Live mixing on stage, expert character work, otherworldly voices. Don't miss it - it's not *that* early.
BACKBONE - 18:00 (70 mins) - Underbelly: So, the first time an acrobat shoves a base out from under a flyer, it's fucking terrifying. The tenth time it's... still terrifying. The gasps, y'all. The crowd in McEwan was gasping like you wouldn't g-ddamn believe. These Australians are WILD, and incredibly fun, and use every inch of the height they have in McEwan. Also live music. Also, *this is how you design lighting for circus*. It's magical, it's death-defying, they have giant rocks for... fun? It's so worth it. (Full Review)
I'm Alex, a theatre-maker based in the Bay Area with an outpost in Edinburgh, Scotland.