Stealthily, and behind the backs of paying customers, some of the most exciting companies and performers on the Fringe have been experimenting together. As we reported at the beginning of the month, the Poorboy Playroom project, set up by Scottish theatre company Poorboy, has been connecting actors, dancers, curators, visual artists and even punk musicians.
‘It’s really frustrating, being a performer on the Fringe: you meet all these great international companies who you’d like to work with, and then you never get the funding to get over there and start producing work together,’ says actor Brian Ferguson, Poorboy’s artistic associate. ‘We decided to create a space for all kinds of artist to collaborate, even if only for a day.’
The fruits of the Playroom workshops will be shown to the public at various times at three locations across Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 August, and are free, although you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org in order to get yourself a place. Look out for innovative Polish theatre company Song of the Goat working with a punk band, and actor Maureen Beattie roping in the cast of The Girls of Slender Means and the curatorial staff of the Royal Museum for a slice of personal history.
Princes Mall, ECA and the Royal Museum, 26 Aug, times vary, free. See www.poorboy.co.uk for links to the Playroom Facebook group.