INFO – Faust & Patti Plinko

Two of the shows I’m looking forward to at this year’s Edinburgh Festival:

Faust by National Theatre ‘Radu Stanca’ Sibiu (link)

This performance is a perfect example of how eclectic this year’s Edinburgh International Festival programme is. A large-scale promenade performance by a Romanian company, this promises to be an assault on the senses, especially given its setting in the Lowland Hall of the Ingliston Showground exhibition centre (a venue more often used for less cultural events such as local antique fairs).

The gallery and video on the EIF site give a good impression of what to expect: a visually stunning and immersive theatrical experience that looks like the kind of show the Fringe is more used to playing host to.

Patti Plinko & Her Boy (link)

Patti (and The Boy) were an undisputed highlight for me last year, and I’m still listening to her debut album almost a year later. The visual and aural appeal of a slender slip of a girl and a gas-masked guitarist producing bewitching and unsettling noir cabaret tunes is deliciously unique.

Patti is also acquaintances with the divine Camille O’Sullivan, and inhabits the same vaudeville space as Amanda Palmer (both appearing this year) – might there be a collaboration made in greasepaint heaven waiting for us at 2009’s Edinburgh Fringe..?

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