shows // Subcity On The Fringe
Broadcasting from their secret base deep inside Summerhall, Vile and Niall bring you the first Subcity show live from the Edinburgh Festivals. Mixing up comedy, theatre, dance and music, a parade of guests chat about the highs and lows of the annual performance extravaganza to a soundtrack of appropriate music.
Expect Vile's usual low research, shambolic on air presence, top tips for discerning audiences, interesting music and a flavour of a city transformed by the magic of art and the misery of rain.
Once upon a time, Barry Morgan was just a salesman. Now he is an international ambassador for the joys of his organ and street smart style. Be amazed at the magic of his one finger technique, before the tome switches and the director of KTO arrives and talks about The Blind (that huge show in the Quad).
Finally, Vile's favourite show of the Fringe, Boy in a Dress, gets featured: La Johnjoseph is insightful and thoughtful, proving that postmodern philosophy need not be difficult and burlesque need not to be dumb glamour.
Posted at 16:10, 4th September 2012
kinship and gobbing
Donna Rutherford's Kin has become something of a legend around Scotland over the past year: appearing suddenly in unexpected locations and disappearing, and featuring a superstar cast. Luckily, it paused in Edinburgh for the month, and Vile caught up with Donna - and invited Aemelia, star fast food blogger, to join their conversation.
Then Vile gets serious as he talks about a site specific event, in a lap-dancing club, with the man from the Gob Shop: finally, an overview of the Fringe so far with Fest Magazine, Subcity's neighbours at Summerhall.
Posted at 16:06, 4th September 2012
a monster episode
It's all happening at Summerhall: Jonny Woo is waiting in the corridor, waiting to reveal his secret life as a contemporary dancer - never mind his drag superstar status, he gets down to some serious dance chat with Tara who is performing bANGER at Dance Base. Before that, the legendary and controversial Pete Cunningham (sometimes better known as Frank Sanazi) explains why he is big in Berlin.
On the old school theatre tip - as close as Vile gets, anyway, Strong Arm has the missing link between New Writing and Body Building and old friends Third Angel chat about the northern takeover of a certain church with a past.
Posted at 16:00, 4th September 2012
getting further out on the fringe
Shane Dundas took a leap of faith to leave behind his roots in a famous double act: Vile and Niall chat to him about his first solo show and how he needs belief (at least in his own act). Vile gets all excited by A Real Man's Guide to Sainthood and it mash up of DIY set creation and analysis of gender roles, before We Are Not Here, ironically, appear and talk about being Italian artists and finally finding out whether Godot is going to appear.
Posted at 15:52, 4th September 2012
dracula: sss, wau wau sisters, clout
The joy of the Fringe is its diversity. Today the studio is visited by a vampire longing for Sex, Sucking and Stardom, two Performance Art Acrobats with a purpose and a bunch of buffoons.
The show starts with a burst from Dracula: SSS... more live music from a musical that sends up the genre that it claims to love... as much as fresh blood and haunting young maidens.
The Wau Waus are intelligent, challenging and talented: they are in danger of giving burlesque a good name. They don't really fit easily into any genre, and it's best to listen in to their thoughts on feminism, live art and the Fringe.
Clout are the buffoons, but this is less a comment on their idiocy than their particular take on the Lecoq style. How A Man Crumbled is an attempt to tell the tale of an early absurdist who made his way by writing children's stories, even as he hated on the kids.
Posted at 13:03, 13th August 2012