My name is Garry Elizabeth Starr and I am a highly regarded former Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Following my very public dismissal due to various counts of grouse misconduct I now dedicate my life to saving theatre from it’s unevitable extinction.
In this series of articles I will be tackling some of the trough questions theatre practitioners have been too sacred to ask because, unlike them, I’m not afraid to go straight for the Jaguar! Questions such as; Why search for emotional truth if you’re really good at pretending? Or Why can’t theatre directors just point like people on the street do when giving direction? And even With the rising popularity of mime should all theatremakers create a mime version just in case a cast member loses their voice?
These and other trough questions will be both asked and answer by yours truly over the coming weeks.
But let’s kick things off with one of the big questions; Has Edinburgh changed?
Well, the short answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’
I adventured North to Edinburgh in early January to start looking for venues and hardly any of them were even there! Needles to say by the time I went back in August it was completely different. I’m not just referring to the whether, even though it was much colder, but things like the upside down cow weren’t even up. This begs the question, ‘Are we been lied to?’ Is Edinburgh just ‘putting on a show’, as it where? Also, the big Quidditch stadium on top of the castle wasn’t there and when I asked some of the locals they kept talking about a ‘tattoo’ which confused me no end!
Which brings me neatly onto my next question: If we scripted sporting matches would plebeians become more cultured?
See Garry Starr Performs Everything at Underbelly Cowgate, Iron Belly between 2nd and 26th August (not 13th).
Tickets and more information: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/garry-starr-performs-everything