EDFRINGE 2018 OUR TOP FIVE

In our last post we bought you our BEST SHOWS OF THEM ALL selections of the shows we saw at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018. In this post, we’re bringing you our TOP FIVE, which was oddly harder to narrow down than the absolute top show. Sean has developed an elaborate colour coding system of his liked shows, and after hours decoding it, we’re bringing you the lists.

Joe managed to see a completely new and different set of shows than Sean and Jem, who were in Edinburgh at the same time, so let’s start with Joe’s less at-war list:

Joe’s Top Five

  1. Max and Ivan’s Prom Night – Max and Ivan aren’t known for doing things by half and this applies quite fully to their quite bonkers, fully brilliant plan of taking over a real school sports hall and turning it into a 50s High School Prom. Complete with everything you could want: keg stands, pissing cheerleader pyramids, the church of the three headed snake. Star-studded, lunatic genius. Do not miss what they do next.
  2. Rose Matafeo : Horn Dog
  3. Tinder Swinton answers adverts on Craig’s List
  4. Tim Key : Megadate
  5. Sian Docksey Interdependent Woman

Honourable Mention: Adam Riches’ in Coach Coach 2 : Coach Harder.

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Max and Ivan’s Prom Night

We just think Joe likes shows with long names…

And now onto Sean and Jem’s lists. Sean saw most everything Jem saw, which lead to our two producers arguing over who could have which show as their favourites… there are just so many…

Jem’s Top Five

  1. John Robertson’s Dark Room – Jem dislocated her jaw laughing so hard in this show. That’s a winning action right there.
  2. Two Little Dickheads – These two wonderful cat-crazed Aussie dickheads take on the end of the world head on filled with love, laughter and glitter balls. You haven’t seen this show unless you’ve felt the banana.
  3. #Jollyboat – Jem is cheating here, because these fantastically funny nerdy brothers had two shows that she and Sean saw. Jem refused to choose between the two shows, and now owns not only their CD but also their t-shirt. They have bought her more around to the idea of puns. These two are legends just for that alone. 
  4. Police Cops in Space – The second instalment in The Pretend Men’s Police Cops comedy shows, this wise ass parody had Jem enthralled throughout. She may not have seen the original Police Cops (Sean has!) but the joy found in this show instantly made them a hit with Jem. Top quality, top banter, top show.
  5. Rik Carranza’s Still a Fan – Rik is already one of Jem’s most beloved comedians, and a dear friend. But this recommendation is nothing to do with that. This nerdy comedy show not only tickled Jem (and brought to light just how deep a nerd Sean is) but also used it voice to talk about issues that really need to be talked about more. Both funny and touching. Now there’s a skill worth mentioning at least.
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Jemma’s new thing to fan girl over… JollyBoat!

Honourable Mention: Magic Faraway Cabaret – Jem discovered this gem of a cabaret way back when she was in Edinburgh for the first time and will always be her first recommendation for a Fringe Show. It has the perfect host, in the perfect venue, at the perfect time, always with a lineup of the best the fringe can offer you. It has all the classic tropes of a cabaret, and will grab you by the balls to satisfy you with it’s line up. And this year, Sean even got a milk covered shard lap dance from a pink kitty!

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Two Little Dickheads

Sean’s Top Five

  1. Lady Rizo: Red, White and Indigo – No one commanded the stage just like Lady Rizo at this year’s fringe. For 70 minutes she had the audience wrapped around her finger after each song. Everything you would want from a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe is found in this show.
  2. Shitfaced Shakespeare: Hamlet – This Shakespeare troupe just keep getting better each year. Alcohol plus Shakespeare, who ever thought of this concept is an genius! 
  3. Notflix – There were a lot improv musicals amongst the ‘big 4’ at the Edfinge this year, but Notflix was the clear best. Aced the comedy that comes from improv, and they made it look effortless. Plus the band were on point, the sax and keyboard players were amazing!  
  4. Battle Acts – Short form improv at it’s best, with what can only be described as a masterclass in how to host a show! Sean’s states this is the best show on the free fringe!
  5. Olaf Falafel: There’s no i in idiot – Another uniquely stellar show from Sean’s favourite stand up comic. Jokes so good they end up on Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe top 10 list.

Honourable Mention: Colt Cabana and Brendon Burns do Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling – By far the most crazy show on the fringe each year. Wrestling Clips + stand up + one crazy audience = comedy gold!

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Sean likes to keep the flyers

Also Sean just wanted to throw a little shade at two shows… “Marvel is better than DC and DC is rubbish” is not a joke. Don’t claim to be comedy for comic book nerds and start with that.

This is but a fraction of all the shows and acts we saw this year, and it was really hard to choose which ones we loved best. Go check out and support these great acts, and we’ll check in soon with a few more insights to our crazy week in our favourite place.

Until then,

OFitD Team

What shows have you seen at the Fringe or away from the Fringe that have stayed with you long after you saw them? What are your fringe theatre recommendations?

“BEST SHOW OF THEM ALL” EDFRINGE 2018

The Edinburgh Fringe is officially over and long goneEdinburgh-Fringe-Festival-Logo for another year! But as the brains behind the biggest arts festival in the world start distantly considering EdFringe2019, we at OFitD are wanting to tell you about our adventures at EdFringe2018.

Although Sean and Jem went up at the beginning of the Fringe, our resident writer and every time Fringe goer Joe made it up in the last weeks of the festival. When they all got back, they swapped notes, had it out over which they thought was the best show they’d seen, and came up with a few lists. This wasn’t an easy feat, mind you; Jem was there for the shortest amount of time – a mere four days – and still managed to squeeze in 30 shows AND an art gallery. In the next few posts we’ll be bringing you the best of the best, our biggest recommendations, and our stories, so keep an eye out so you can go forth and see art outside of the Fringe!

To start off the EdFringe2018 round up, here’s each of the team’s BEST SHOW OF THEM ALL they saw out of the some 97 shows they saw between them:

Sean – LADY RIZO : RED, WHITE AND INDIGO
The fact Sean saw this show still makes Jem crazy jealous to this day. Having seen her in a spot at the Magic Faraway Cabaret, Sean managed to squeeze this sexy, magical, hilarious woman in on one of his solo evenings. He now opens every OFitD meeting playing her record at the team. Y’know, just to rub it in Jem’s face. If you can see this great voice held by the sassiest sexiest woman from New York, do. You will never regret it (like Jem).

Lady Rizo is currently on Tour. Check out her dates on her website https://www.ladyrizo.com/events and follow her at (I) @theladyrizo (t) @ladyrizo (f) /theladyrizo .

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Jem – JOHN ROBERTSON’S DARK ROOM
Sean insisted that Jem finally see this cult classic, and boy did it pay off. The crazy, wild and absolutely present sarcastic dungeon master than is John Robertson leads a terrified audience through a computer game of choice whilst dressed in a flashing corset and giant gothic boots. It is gripping, thrilling, and…. all you need to know is Jem laughed so hard her jaw dislocated mid show. Support this evil genius.

John Robertson is about to go on Tour in Pakistan, UAE and OMAN, and has just released a VIDEO GAME OF THE DARK ROOM (Jem is letting out squee’s of jaw pain and Sean is grunting at how hard the game is) on Steam. You can follow Roberston at (t) @Robbotron (f) /johnrobertsoncomedy (U2b) /ThatsMrRobertson and at his website http://www.thejohnrobertson.com/

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Joe – MAX AND IVAN’S PROM NIGHT
Max and Ivan always put on something special, at this point it would almost seem they don’t know how to do anything else. That said, even by the lofty expectations set forth from the buzz around their hit-show, ‘The Wrestling’, they managed to deliver the goods in an evening of Music, Beer Pong, Dara O’Brien & pissing off the top of a cheerleader pyramid. Joe even ended up on BBC iPlayer because of this show. He swears that’s not why it’s his BEST SHOW OF THEM ALL pick.

Max and Ivan can be seen as part of Free Assosciation Improv, you can find more information about that @FAImprov and you can follow them at (I) @maxandivan (t) @maxandivan (f) and at their website http://maxandivan.com/

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Whilst you check out these great acts, we’ll settle our last minute squabbles to bring you our top five in the next post… Until then!

Stay Awesome,
The OFitD Team

Did you get to EdFringe2018? What was the best show you saw? Did you see any of these? Let us now in the comments section below and we can fangirl/boy/other over them together!

 

It’s summer! Which means its also festival season…

It’s summer! Which means its also festival season…
As is OFitD tradition, Sean and Jem will be heading to Edinburgh in the next couple of weeks for the biggest international arts festival in the world: the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.thumb_578_Masthead_mobile_default
OFitD’s first production debuted at the EdFringe Festival in 2015, and every year the company has gone back. In 2016 they sold out their second major production. In 2017 Jem got tied up in Bristol on different project, but Sean soldiered on and represented with our resident writer Joe R. This year our two Creative Producers are reuniting, and they will be bringing us exciting news from their 2018 Fringe finds and adventures. Jem and Sean have a packed schedule seeing shows from all over the speckrum, and meeting as many new faces (and catching up with some old friends) as possible.
Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be bringing you their finds and adventures, but in the meantime get to following our social accounts for up to date live action from these excited two.
Here’s a little sneak peak into some of the shows they are planning on seeing:
Brendan Burns and Colt Cabana Do Comedy and Commentary – Sean’s love of wrestling is showing here!
Battle Acts! Improvised Comedy – when at the fringe you always have to sample the best of improv comedy!
Magic Faraway Caberet – Jem is FINALLY dragging Sean to her favourite regular show at the fringe. What a treat!
Rik Carranza: Still a Fan – EdFringe is renowned for showcasing some of the best comedy in the world, so why not support funny friends making nerd jokes? Right up Jem and Sean’s streets!
Orestes – a good old friend from their uni days is making with the proper art this year and Jem and Sean are excited to see it and reconnect.
There are a whole heap of other shows they can’t wait to see, never mind the shows they will discover when they are there. So keep your peeps here and they’ll bring their news to us all very shortly….

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Until next time,
Jem, Sean & the OFitD Team

Survived another Edinburgh Fringe

Hello wonderful people!

There are some very cool and interesting things on the horizon here at One Foot in the Door Productions, the first being these new little updates! We have a small family of you who follow us and we know it’s nice to know what’s happening before it happens, so we’ll be blogging and vlogging a little more often from now on in. As regularly as we can we’ll be posting updates on what we are doing and where (and even how you can get involved!) here on the OFitD website and through all of our channels. This comes as a result of the first big announcement. Drum roll please!

After the awesome success of Cats and Dogs Give the Best Advice at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 (thank you!), we have decided not to take a show to EdFringe this year. For the past two years we have taken shows and we’ve loved every moment of it, but we’re feeling a change in the wind for what we do this year. We want to thank everyone who supported us in living the EdFringe dream over the past two years, from Spotlites who hosted the crazy puppets of Cats and Dogs, to those wonderful stars who gave us a helping hand flyering out in the sun (you know who you are!), to the casts and crews whom we couldn’t have taken the shows without, and to you, the people who have supported us, seen our shows and just liked our posts to make us feel like we’re not just doing this all for ourselves. You have all been astonishing and we want to thank you for helping us cross EdFringe off of our bucket list (for now!).

BUT this means some very exciting things for both you and us. As we won’t be pouring all of our energy into one big show to be seen primarily by audiences in Scotland in the middle of the summer, we are now able to create more regular, more diverse work. We’re stepping up to our name of being a production company this year and have many projects on the go now. We’ll be announcing the detail of these very soon, so keep an eye out!

For now through, we’d like to say thank you again for all of your support – it means the world to us – and stay tuned for some exciting new developments in the world of One Foot in the Door Productions.

– Jem & Sean