Working with writer Morven Crumlish, an intrepid group of hard of hearing festival lovers reviewed their experiences of Edinburgh Festivals in 2011.
The review gave a really useful perspective we don’t often get to hear from. We made changes after the initial visit and discussion with Ann to make sure our facilities were properly available. It’s also something that we will bear in mind when planning next year’s programme.
We met weekly to talk about shows, share reviews and develop writing through fun exercises. The energy of the Festivals infected the project and piles of reviews were quickly produced, to be shared through the project blog. The blog received over 2000 visits during the festivals and started conversations between venues and audiences which led to improvements to accessibility.
Postcard Reviews acknowleged the ways we respond individually to art whilst providing opportunities for discussion. The group was incredibly social and supportive. The writing focused on reviewing which was infused with personal experiences, this attracted readers and raised understanding of the experiences of this group.
We all kept coming because, quite quickly, we felt part of something bigger than the individual – we had a real chance to give feedback to venues and make a difference. loved the challenge of improving my writing – and enjoyed every workshop – the fun, the shared purpose. I felt proud, too, of the scope and fluency of the reviews the group produced. The website looked so professional. A real confidence booster – and well worth following through with another project.
Circle of Eleven brings us a one man, voice free show, mind-blowing in its skill, creativity and originality of concept. It has to be seen to be believed – and even then, you’ll be left wondering…
For its wide appeal, witness the happy grins stretched across every face, as we left the auditorium, still high with astonishment and delight.
Tobias Wegner is Leo, a pork pie hatted man with a suitcase, stuck in a bleak room, with only his imagination for company. Next to his boxed set, a screen, onto which his every, precisely choreographed move is simultaneously projected – only his action is shifted through 90 degrees, so when live Leo is lying down, filmed Leo is standing up.
With a unique amalgamation of gravity defying visual and cinematic effects, aided only by his suitcase, a piece of chalk, a tenor sax and that pork pie hat, Wegner, the multitalented performer of circus and clowning background, plays with our emotions throughout an increasingly surreal tale with a nightmarish, whirlwind, fugue like climax. I won’t give away the perfect ending!
Physical theatre at its best, this world première deserves every accolade it’s sure to get. Catch it if you possibly can.
I found it a delightful review. We shared it on Facebook and Twitter - the show reviewed did this too.