Thursday, 2 July 2015

Fringe tips for Jack Lothian....

Mad Cyril's son
It's always nice when Jack Lothian off Laptop Guy turns up in the office. Apart from having another writer in the room, Jack is usually good for fashion tips, and online personality quizzes.

Sadly, he'll have gone off by the time the Fringe starts - he's a busy guy - but if he were around, I bet these five shows would be right up his ally.

sees Cornwall based actors with disabilities in an Edinburgh Festival Fringe World-Wide Premiere of a new hilarious play with
hypnotised people from the audience playing supporting roles this August.

It's steam-punk influenced, which ought to suit a man who is working on an episode of Dr Who. The bloke off Holby City is playing a mesmerist who is trying to get rich quick, plus he is going to hypnotist the audience. Mayhem beckons...

Edith in the Dark
Playwright Philip Meeks weaves Nesbit’s own life drama alongside her resolutely domestic terror shorts, imbuing her refined words with a little of her own inner darkness and humour.

It's about a writer who had a bad experience as a child. Not saying that is Jack, but I know how writers are both intrigued by the biographies of other writers, but also like to enjoy other writers' anguish. It's a horror show.

The Solid Life of Sugar Water
The world première of an unsettling story of love and loss - breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing deaf and disabled artists centre stage.

Jack did some episodes of Shameless, and so did Jack Thorn, the playwright of Solid Life. So they are kind of like ink brothers, and they share a name.

15-year-old Allie is a young, pimple-popping Edinburgh lass who collects wooden animal figurines and likes to chase bad boys. When she meets the silver-tongued gangsterBobby Warren, a girl’s wet dream turns into a woman’s bloodstained nightmare. After years of being caught in Bobby’s twisted spider web Allie is all grown up and is now out to wreak vengeance on the man who stole her dreams.

When Jack did an episode of Ashes to Ashes, it had a gangster storyline. He also did one for No Offence, which is about Manchester coppers. He must like a bit of crime - in art, anyway.

Society of Strange
An hour of portmanteau horror inspired by groundbreaking writers such as - HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Neil Gaiman, Mary Shelly, Stephen King, MR James, Thomas Ligotti, and many others.

Dark horror all round. Besides, I sent him the press release of this by mistake and he was intrigued. 

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