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Three To See 2012: New works

By | Published on Wednesday 25 July 2012

The Sewing Machine

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three new works from the Fringe’s theatre programme.

The Static
This is a new play from Davey Anderson … the acclaimed writer that brought you ‘Blackout’, a piece ThreeWeeks called deep, powerful, captivating and emotional … so it shot right on to my to-see list the moment I heard about it. It’s described as a “kinetic coming of age story about desire, guilt and mind over matter”, and would appear to touch on the Carrie-like subject of telekinesis. I’m expecting good things.
The Static, Underbelly Cowgate, 2-26 Aug (not 20), 2.40pm, fpp323. www.thickskintheatre.co.uk

I have to admit that the reason this show initially jumped out at me was because, about six months ago, I became briefly preoccupied with the Principality Of Sealand. You, being no doubt much better informed than I, probably already know that it’s a former World War II sea fort off the coast of Sussex, occupied since 1967 by a British family who claim it is an independent sovereign state. Anyway, this new play is inspired by these true events, though set in current times to reflect the economic crisis and its effect on families and society. And it’s by The Alchemist Theatre Company, who are award-winning and very good.
Sealand, Zoo, 3-27 Aug, 5.15pm, fpp317. www.thealchemisttheatre.co.uk

The Sewing Machine (pictured)
And another admission. I am completely and utterly rubbish at sewing, and have been my whole life. Well, I’m not bad at embroidery, but anything that involves having to stitch a straight seam…? No no no. So, it might surprise you that just a few weeks ago I purchased a sewing machine. Sewing has thus far conquered me, and now I want to conquer sewing. And yes, I must confess, that’s why this show initially leapt out at me from the programme. Rest assured, however, that when I looked into it further, I genuinely thought it sounded worth a recommendation, because it’s an award-winning and poignant sounding piece all the way from South Africa.
The Sewing Machine, Assembly George Square, 2-27 Aug (not 13,20), 2.40pm, fpp318.