Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Round Up!
10th September 2019
Have we all recovered yet, or are we already planning for next years Edinburgh Fringe Festival?! The Edinburgh Fringe 2019 was our biggest Fringe to date. And we weren’t even on stage! These guys were though:
The Noise Next Door at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019
It’s been a genuine pleasure to work with these absolute Edinburgh Fringe legends, returning for their 12th consecutive year and absolutely smashing it out of the park yet again! Garnering 5 star reviews for both their afternoon and late night shows, to sell-out audiences and absolutely incredible guest stars. Take a look at some of the highlights below!
Really, Really Good Afternoon Show THROUGH TIME
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Fast, furious and dream-like!’ (Daily Business Magazine)
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘The show has pace throughout, the energy they create in the room never falters and I felt exhausted just watching. It is what it says in the title a really really good afternoon show for one and all!’
COMEDY LOCK IN
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This is improv fit for the gods. The Comedy Lock-In is titanic stuff that encapsulates the uniqueness and quality that makes the Edinburgh Fringe so special.” (The Wee Review)
John Robertson at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019
The man who needs no introduction now requires even less introduction after SELLING OUT THE ENTIRE EDINBURGH FRINGE RUN of his cult hit show ‘The Dark Room’ for the very first time! Having made the move to a brand new home in The Gilded Balloon – Teviot, John Robertson brought the house down night after night. His brand new children’s book (yes, you read correctly, children’s book) ‘The Little Town of Marrowville‘ was released in time for the month run of The Dark Room (For Kids!), was met with rave reviews and a wonderful, bean-loving audience. More below!
THE DARK ROOM
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Robertson’s dark humour and interactive demeanour is disturbingly entertaining in this addictive and hilarious show and it really is something to behold! The Dark Room is one of the best game shows at the Fringe if not the world. It has cemented itself as a cult classic of the Edinburgh Fringe.’ (Broadway Baby)
THE DARK ROOM (FOR KIDS!)
Rachel, 9, said “The catchphrases were really funny. I like it when the audience were asked for their views on whether players should live.”
Thomas, 10, said “It was very funny. I liked it when one of the contestants won beans and there was a beans tornado. It is one of my favourite shows I have seen at the Fringe.” (Primary Times)
NOTFLIX at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019
After taking the Gilded Balloon Debating Hall last year by storm, Notflix returned this year to reclaim the main stage! From sell-out shows to an incredible 5 star review, the cast of Notflix turned it out every single day. From ‘Fast and Furious’ to ‘Hannibal’, no movie was safe from being turned into a stellar musical. Why? Because everything is better as a musical! Check out their incredible review below, and if you missed out on them this fringe, here’s where you can see them next:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘If it isn’t already, Notflix is soon to be the hottest ticket in town, and it’s easy to see why: from a winning format, to vocal perfection, to sheer energy and stage presence. Notflix might very well be the best show you see at the Fringe this year, and the year after that, and hopefully forever.’ (Broadway Baby)
James Phelan: TROUBLEMAKER at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019
Making his Edinburgh Fringe Debut, James Phelan wowed his crowds from the word go. His modern take on traditional magic, combined with a cheeky charisma drew his audiences in day after day. James walks away from Edinburgh with glowing reviews and the reputation of being the next big name to watch in magic. Check out some of the amazing reviews below!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Big laughs … stunning tricks!’ (VoiceMag)
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘This magical debut will certainly get your heart racing … this experience is not to be missed.’ (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘The grand finale, which involves an iPhone and a bucket of water, leaves everyone dumbfounded, verifying exactly why Phelan has been labelled as one to watch in the world of magic.’ (The List)
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Stage presence by the bucket load.’ (One4Review)
Pete Heat: MASSIVE WIZARD at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019
Returning the to Edinburgh Fringe for the first time since 2013, Pete Heat brought an absolute treat of a show to the Festival. Time travelling magic at its very finest, with utterly stellar audience reviews that show what great heights the show really achieved! You can check out more from Pete on his website here.
‘I genuinely couldn’t work out how he did the tricks he did – I had some ideas but couldn’t be sure. And actually even if you knew how he did them, they were still performed skilfully and so smoothly it was a joy to watch… This wizard has massive talent. ‘ (FringeReview)
Naomi McDonald: COPYCAT at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019
In her first full, solo Edinburgh Fringe run, Naomi Mcdonald brought the house down day after day!
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘She skilfully walks the line of funny and flattering when portraying these women… Naomi is a stellar impressionist who can switch from Theresa May to Katie Price at the drop of a hat, or in this case a wig. She hosts the show as Fearne Cotton which works well as a formula for introducing new characters or ‘guests’ as she refers to them. In a nice touch she drops out of character from time to time, revealing her personality which brings a warmth to the show.’ (Feminist Fringe)
Luisa Omielan at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019
Luisa brought us a two absolute treats of shows to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Previews of her soon-to-hit US broadway show, and returning with ‘Politics for Bitches: The Extended Cut’. Back on the main stage in the Gilded Balloon, ‘Politics for Bitches’ ran for three nights only and gave the audience a full breakdown of everything that didn’t make it to her critically acclaimed BBC3 series of the same name. Her work in progress show ran at the Monkey Barrel, exploring the role of women in religion skewed through a historically male perspective. In her trademark ‘no- bullshit’ take on the topics, Luisa nailed key talking points to the wall and rose them up for everyone to see. Unfraid, unapologetic, and completely uncompromising, Luisa gave her all for her last UK performances before she flew off to break America!