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I arrived into dreary Tullamarine airport late last Tuesday evening to a crippling wind and lots and lots of rain. It wasn’t exactly the welcome home I had looked forward to from Melbourne. So it’s with a tinge of nostalgia that I conclude my writings on the Edinburgh Festival, although happily, with some of the best works that I was to experience.
The Traverse Theatre is one of many in the UK which champions new writing from primarily local, but also international, playwrights. Performing several different shows a day in the main Traverse One and the more intimate Traverse Two (a feat within itself), their program within the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year is a fantastic demonstration of their attitude towards experimentation, innovation and investment in exciting co-productions in theatre. Below are some reviews of shows that I have managed to see there so far.
The Edinburgh Festival is amazing and it is intense. The first thing that struck me was its enormity; serving as an umbrella term for a smattering of smaller festivals, the Edinburgh Festival devours both towns, old and new, giving them a glow and vibrancy unlike anywhere else in the world. For just four weeks. I’ve been seeing as many shows as possible given my time and budget constraints, but am averaging around two a day. And while many of these shows deserve longer reviews (and a fair few shorter reviews, too), these bites will hopefully cover as much ground as my tatty Converse sneakers.