So, some more shows, some more coffees, pastries and pints!
The Holy Garage pop-up bar in George Street Lane has attracted our attention more than once! The main bar is a recently cleared out triple unit in a small mews lane – so it’s all bare stonework and exposed rafters, with a tiny Barney’s Beer van tucked in beside the temporary bar and dispensing pints!
Outside in the lane, under an awning, there’s a horsebox. A horsebox fitted out as an absinthe bar!
Overall, it’s a very central location and usually quite mellow, compared to the various tents and marquees not too far away.
On Sunday morning we were up early, had a bite at The Pantry on the corner of N.W.Circus Place and Royal Circus before going along to St. Stephen’s Church, back in the Fringe after an absence of a few years, under the name of Momentum. The show we went to was the Biggest Marionette Circus in the World. And it probably was! Giant puppets of a giraffe, an elephant and a lion, together with smaller puppets paraded and performed in a quasi-circus show targeted at a much younger audience than us! Afterwards we were allowed to examine the wheeled frames, etc. that the giant puppets were mounted on… Very impressive!
Then it was on up to see Ada at the Bedlam Theatre. But before that, the bus dropped us right outside Checkpoint, the new permanent restaurant in Bristo Place, 30 seconds from the venue! Perfect timing fo a glass of wine and a light lunch. Then across the road for Ada. This was a new student creation about the famous daughter of Lord Byron and her mathematical work. Interesting, but without any particularly new insights.
After that we took a chance on a Free Fringe show at the Counting House – Genesisocide, by Milo McCabe. Very silly, very fast one man show with a convoluted time-travel plot about killing Phil Collins to save his relationship. He made it sound like it made sense!
Finally on Sunday we went to se Phantasmagoria, in a small room in India Buildings (C-Nova). It was a fairly short, very intense piece based on the poem by Lewis Carroll. Initially we all had to sit on the floor as a Victorian Ac-tor prepared to deliver his performance with his manager continually trying to control his very OTT performance…
It’s designed for a small audience (there were 10 of us, but it’s suitable for as many as 14 I believe) and I think all of us got some up close personal scenery-chewing Act-ing during the performance! Interesting fun, and we may go see another of his short shows, in an even smaller room up a tower and set in a lighthouse!
And on Tuesday we saw The Raven, another quite intense piece on at the Space on the Mile. Four actors give a fairly physical performance based on Poe’s poem, involving obsession and black & white photography. Actually, no, not b&w, grayscale!
Also various coffees, beers, fast foods, mingling, wandering, etc.
And, in about an hour, it’s a performance of Terry Pratchett’s Eric in a hall maybe 100 yards away!
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