The WAI Fab Four Critics were lucky enough to go on a last minute trip to Edinburgh to see some of the British Council Showcase on the last weekend of the festival(s).
I originally wanted to study at uni in Edinburgh, and it was my first chance to actually visit the city (and Sotland) so I was super pleased to go along. Llwyth was funny and touching, and national press got excited:
Has Welsh theatre found its voice?
Edinburgh festival 2011: It's a wrap – now how was our performance?
"In one of those curious Fringe coincidences, my two standout shows of the festival were Welsh through and through: National Theatre Wales and Told By an Idiot's superbly acted and supremely directed Dark Philosophers, which reached Edinburgh on tour, and one of the last shows I saw, Llwyth (Tribe) co-produced by Sherman Cymru and the Welsh-language Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – a company whose work I suspect we'll be hearing much more of under its new artistic director Arwel Gruffydd. "
I tried to see a lot of shows - theatre, spoken word, comedy and visual arts, and I managed it. Here is some of what I saw:
NTW The Dark Philosophers
7 Day Drunk
Ingrid Calame @Fruitmarket
The Fruitmarket Gallery has an excellent bookshop which is where I discovered Gutter, the magazine of new Scottish writing. Really glad I did, as it is a top read. Get yourself a copy: http://www.guttermag.co.uk/
SPOKEN WORD / FREE FRINGE:
RICHARD TYRONE JONES
The Writers' Museum
Banned Books Exhibition at The National Library