Issue #17 - Monday 23rd August - FREE
THE TERRIBLE INFANTS Since its inception in 2007, The Terrible Infants has become a classic. First performed in Pleasance Two, the award-winning show has travelled both nationally and internationally. For this week only it returns for a run in Pleasance’s largest venue, the Grand. “The show has evolved dramatically since we started, but we’re definitely looking forward to coming back” says co-creator and designer Sam Wyer. “There have been lots of reworkings, we’ve developed the costumes, the cast has evolved, there are new instruments and even new stories. The most significant change was the introduction of the character of Beatrice, the girl with a beehive on her head.” This fantastic spectacle blends puppetry, live music, performance, story telling and physicality into a highly sensory theatrical feast suitable for big kids and small grown-ups. It positions itself somewhere between a dream and a nightmare; “there’s a splashing of both” says Sam. Sam Wyer wrote the show with Les Enfants Terribles founder Oliver Lansley. “Oliver was up in Edinburgh
with Bedtime Stories. He wanted to redesign the Les Enfants Terribles company website to include some pictures of terrible infants, so I did a few sketches. He was so excited by them that he suggested we start writing stories together. Since we both had a healthy upbringing of sinister children’s stories we were able to crack on with sharing ideas, generating possible stories and discussing what characters might get up to. Oliver would write stories and I would illustrate them as we went.” Oliver is also thrilled to be back at the Pleasance. “It’s our biggest show to date, and it’s fantastic to be in the Grand for the final week of the Fringe.” The Terrible Infants has performed all around the UK and internationally in a whole range of venues. “One of our most exciting runs was in Poland”, tells Sam, “where we performed in a converted swimming pool to large audiences of 5 year old Polish children. That run changed the show dramatically. We moved the focus away from language, which is such a large part of the show, and increased the physical aspects of the show. It became more clown-like, more rhythmic. That was
an exciting moment for the production.” The Terrible Infants has become instantly recognisable for its style, puppets and costumes. Sam Wyer designs the costumes, puppets and graphics. “There was originally a stock of materials I liked to use, natural materials where possible and lots of Hessian. Mostly, that’s remained the same, but my treasure chest of styles has expanded since then. For the first show, I have a debt to my parents who helped loads, my Mum with her sewing machine and my Dad in the workshop.”
Les Enfants Terribles also bring Ernest and the Pale Moon back for two dates at the Pleasance this week. Make sure that you catch both of these incredible shows while you can. The Terrible Infants Pleasance Courtyard 23-30 Aug 14:00 / Ernest and the Pale Moon Pleasance Courtyard 25-26 Aug 23:15
Nat Luurtsema Interview Boom Jennies provide a political manifesto
INTERVIEW: NAT LUURTSEMA How do you rate your audiences so far? Well they’re much bigger than previews, there are more laughs and so I’m ad-libbing more. We’re enjoying ourselves. A lot of my show is weird, and there are stories which come out of nowhere. Sometimes it can be distracting how disperate audiences can be – you’ll have one woman helpless at one joke and someone else on another one. It’s tough trying not to overrun. I’ve got a little conclusion, with only a tiny message, but it’s not the kind of thing you can whollop off quickly. Is the Fringe helpful for you? So helpful, yes. I’m learning loads and get better every day. I love the fact that I’m now thinking on my feet easily because I’m doing an hour every
day. But at the same point you do now think “I’ve had a lovely time, don’t get me wrong, but I really would like my own bed now”. So it’s a hard month, then? My Mum pointed out that since I’m only doing one hour of work up here, I should have got a temp job on the side. I started off doing extra Free Fringe gigs, but then my voice started to go and I decided to focus on my full show so that audiences wouldn’t have to watch someone whisper for an hour. I get ill every festival. I went blind one year and last year I caught swine flu. I’m physically pathetic. It’s making it easier that this year I’m trying not to drink. Still, three nights ago I had three drinks in Brooke’s, then staggered home and fell into a hedge.
Three drinks is embarrassing – there are 14 year olds out there who could drink me under the table. Could you have done, at 14? Perhaps. My childhood was quite weird. I talk about it a lot in my show, and it’s strange to realise now quite how ridiculous it was. You don’t notice at the time, of course. I went to the only Masonic school in the country. I’ve even got a video from my childhood in the show. I feel almost guilty because I didn’t invent it, I’m just a conduit commenting on the things they made us do. Any final words for potential audiences?
THE SPECIAL RESERVE COMEDY BENEFIT Established in 2004 in memory of Charlie Hartill – who died in January of that year – The Special Reserve supports up and coming young talent at the Pleasance. Since its inception the fund has generated £65,000. The Special Reserve Comedy Benefit, held each year at the Pleasance, raises money for the fund. At this year’s benefit, performers will include Jack
Whitehall (pictured, left), Greg Davies, Idiots of Ants, all joining host Tim Fitzhigham, with even more set to join. There are three shows this year which are benefiting from the fund. Four sparkling new comics are given a platform to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by The Comedy Reserve show. These four are definitely ones to watch.
I advise people to hurry, because I’m starting to get ill. If I thought I was really germy I wouldn’t do it any more – I wouldn’t want to do that to people. But do hurry before it turns horrible. Nat Luurtsema: In My Head I’m a Hero Pleasance Dome 4-30 Aug (Not 28) 15:45
Two plays, Territory and The Meeting are also supported by the Special Reserve. Each has received financial and industry support for their production costs and requirements. The Comedy Benefit promises to be an extraordinary evening generating money for fantastic cause. The Special Reserve Comedy Benefit Pleasance Courtyard 25 Aug 22:30
An Important Message from United Campaigners on Ocean Conservation Do you care about fish? You know, cod and stuff? We do, and we’ve got plans: big ones: to bring an end to all fishing by next Thursday evening. The revolution’s here! Whose side are you on? Our Manifesto: We AIM to: • Serve up a filet of fishy justice onto the cold plate of political apathy!
We are FOR: • Defending all forms of edible sea-life, especially: mackerel, halibut, prawns, tuna, eels and crabsticks. • Celine Dion - we’re just fans.
We are AGAINST: • Fishermen, supermarket chains, Iceland (the shop), Iceland (the country), Captain Birdseye, Rick Stein, the Japanese, etc.
Join Us! We meet at 2.10pm daily, in the Pleasance Courtyard. Join us to fight injustice, make new friends, have a laugh and protect the ocean’s bounty from pillage and devastation at the hands of callous commercial fishing fleets. Come along, it’ll be fun! (And educational.) Welcome aboard! Let’s sail together towards an ocean of plenty. Bring a fearless disregard for authority, a passion for sea-life and some sensible shoes. The Boom Jennies: We Want Action, Pleasance Courtyard, 4-30 Aug 14:10
PIC OF THE PLEASANCE: i LOVE YOU BECAUSE
@ThePleasance #pleasancetimes RT @Stuart_Ramsey Is at the Edinburgh fringe. Seeing childrens puppet show Penguin at pleasance, then off to see the real ones at zoo (ie penguins) RT @Kirsty_Boyle I can’t rave highly enough about @HamletTM - if you’re at the Fringe this year go and see it at Pleasance Beyond, 5pm - you won’t regret it!
I Love You Because, performed in the Pleasance Above, illustrated by venue founder and father, Christopher Richardson.
RT @clarkville Ginger & Black were brilliant. Highly recommend their show if you’re in Edinburgh. 5.45pm at the Pleasance.
MONDAY 23RD BBC COMEDY PRESENTS Pleasance Dome 23:00 Carl Donnelly Josh Widdicombe Nat Luurtsema Sunday Defensive Andrew Lawrence ITCH: A SCRATCH EVENT Pleasance Courtyard 14:00 Hatty Hayridge (Red Dwarf ) Phil Cornwell (Dead Ringers) Simon Evans George Ryegold Steve McNeil Wendy Wason Alistair Barry Segue Sisters Clovis Van Darkhelm
MERVYN STUTTERโS PICK OF THE FRINGE Pleasance Courtyard 12:55 The Tailor Of Inverness Pip Utton - What the Dickens? Ivor Dembina Seymour Mace Natalie of Fantasy Ali McGregor The Three Englishmen
RONNA AND BEVERLY Pleasance Courtyard 17:45 Norman Lovett Jessica Ransom Kate Copstick Please note that all line-ups are subject to change. Check the Box Office for the latest information.
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The Terrible Infants Nat Luurtsema The Boom Jennies