Un/Familiar Fringe – Episode Zero: Un/Explained

Matt Boothman lays down plans for some exciting and unusual coverage of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009.

Now that I’m no longer a Fringe virgin, I find that when scanning the programme for appealing shows, my eye is naturally drawn to companies and shows I enjoyed last year.

On the one hand, that’s the advantage of a year’s experience: unlike last year, the Fringe isn’t a totally unfamiliar land, and I have known landmarks of quality I can use to navigate. On the other hand, the landscape is one of shifting sands, and it’s difficult to get sucked into exciting new worlds and experiences without occasionally leaving the familiar, solid ground behind.

So here’s the plan for Fringe ‘09: for every show or company I revisit from last year, I’ll seek out something else that’s similar in style or content but otherwise totally unfamiliar, then compare them side by side and see how the shock of the new compares to the security of the old.

Coming up in Episode One: Rotozaza at the Forest Fringe / David Leddy’s Susurrus


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