Who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of stop-motion animation? No one, that’s who.
Spike Jonze and Olympia Le-Tan (the lady-genius who designs clutch bags that resemble books) collaborate.
Tindersticks - Trouble every day, from the movie of the same name featuring Vincent Gallo and Beatrice Dalle.
My top 3 shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2011.
3.) Baby Wants Candy (at Assembly George Square)
The audience shout out a musical, (in our case in was “My step father that was a giant gherkin” and this truly talented cast of improvisers have all of 5 seconds before they are acting out their first scene. It was fascinating to watch. Improv is obviously a skill which is perfected with practice and these guys must have practised a lot! Not only did they manage to weave together a complex and funny story line, they sung to a live band, which picked up their cues so seamlessly you might think they had mastered the art of telepathy.
If they come to your city make sure you don’t miss them.
2.) Pajama Men (at Assembly Hall)
Remember that feeling when you saw Mighty Boosh for the first time and thought “Oh my god, this is so original, and so funny”. Well, that is a distance memory now and phrases from the Boosh have become cliche, but you can recapture that feeling by watching Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen (aka, the Pajama Men). They bottle and sell the same child like immature fun of the Boosh, and are just as wacky.
I booked this after seeing that this duo had 5 star ratings across the board for previous Edinburgh Fringe shows, and I’m really not surprised why. This was a tight, perfectly executed sketch show. I was literally in stitches from start to finish, and so desperate to cling to the happy thoughts that I bought the DVD. These guys deserve to be big, but for now I’m glad they are my little discovery!
1.) Jamie Blake (at Zoo Roxy)
By upcoming writer/director Ashley Scott-Layton and performed by theatre group Ravenrock, a bittersweet play charting one guy’s love (and loss).
The most striking thing about this play was it’s original use of music and dance, which was a brilliant tool for adding impact and bringing scenes to an atmospheric head. As a whole the play was hopelessly sentimental - the script was beautifully poetic, funny and thoughtful and I fell for it completely.
Check out the play’s soundtrack by the talented Rhys Lewis.