The Chicken Buzz blog

The Chicken Buzz blog

Chicken is Eastern Angles (in association with Unity Theatre) Edinburgh show for 2015, running in Paines Plough Roundabout Theatre at Summerhall. Tickets and more info here. Molly Davies’ wonderfully quirky and twisted tale of witchcraft, superstition, fractured families and agricultural angst is already causing quite a stir. Here’s a selection of the ‘chicken buzz’ so … Continue reading

A charming mermaid who happens to tap

A charming mermaid who happens to tap

Edinburgh Diaries – 7th August I’ve always been a succour for a mermaid story, every since I first came across the legend of the Mermaid at Zenor . Not surprisingly the sea in Tessa Bide’s The Tap Dancing Mermaid plays a major role – the sea, and its partner in tide the moon (played here … Continue reading

A double dose of Nina Simone

A double dose of Nina Simone

Edinburgh Diaries – Aug 7 Black is the Color of my Voice and Nina Simone: Soul Sessions are in many ways two halves of the same.  In the former Apphia Campbell explores the Nina Simone story through the conceit of a conversation with her late father, aided by a suitcase of memories. In the latter, … Continue reading

A fresh start – Autumn at the Unity

A fresh start – Autumn at the Unity

I’ve written before about how putting together an opening season as a new artistic director is something of a daunting experience. But its an exhilarating one too, and this blog is really about why that is, as well as being a kind of introduction to the Autumn season. Where to start? One of the things … Continue reading

A reimagined The Overcoat

A reimagined The Overcoat

Edinburgh diaries 7th August Curiously the trailer is not the show I saw, but it does give a flavour of the world that Brush Theatre inhabit, a world where digital and analogue collide, where live performer seamlessly merge with their digital counterparts. At its heart Brush Theatre’s The Overcoat is about a father and a … Continue reading

An unburstable balloon? – data and rural touring

Day II at #NRTF15 set itself the challenge of exploring the opportunities and challenges that rural touring faces. In actual fact it turned out to be a lot about data, and a very large balloon! Ballooning around with @Dizzyodare at #NRTF2015 #ApplauseOutdoors @Ruraltouring @CreativArtsEast pic.twitter.com/5Ba1e1UNfa — Applause Touring (@ApplauseTouring) July 15, 2015 Here’s some of … Continue reading

The Art of Closeness …day 1 #NRTF15

There is an interesting category on the #NRTF15 delegate list – other.  It’s for those delegates who aren’t rural touring schemes, companies, arts council staff or promoters.  I find myself propping up the ‘other’ category. Which is as it should be. It’s perhaps, a fair reflection on why I find myself writing this blog in … Continue reading