At the beginning of August this year we will be starting a journey from London to Edinburgh for the worlds largest arts festival. After sell-out shows in 2008 and 2009 we are returning for our third year with a very different kind of show for us; a late-night séance.
The show is called “98% Séance” and is about making live contact with ghosts, spirits and demons. As anyone who has ever held a home-made séance will know there’s always the chance of nothing happening when you talk to the dead but they don’t talk back. Also, because we are pretty much totally convinced that all those things are horse-shit anyway, the remaining 2% of our Séance will employ some underhanded trickery in order to guarantee some spine-chilling scares.
This years show is a very different thing to what we have staged before. It really exciting for us and might well be the most complex thing we have ever created. It pulls lots of fragmented elements together that have been floating around in both our heads since we were kids. As magicians, we are always looking for the real secrets behind any unexplained phenomena, but even as sceptics our aim is to inject some questions and fear into the heart of the Fringe.
Among the almost 2,500 shows it looks like there’s lots of good things at Edinburgh this August. Away from the painfully mainstream shows trying to make-it up there we are most excited to see Sammy J, anarchic poet John Cooper Clarke, the gloriously awkward Edward Aczel, good friend and 3rd best magician up there Pete Firman, the sharp and brilliant Nick Mohammed and the mighty evil comic force Andrew O’Neill. For a comprehensive on-line listing of all of this years shows take a look at the brand new website of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe here.
There will be also be a load of great things happening at the Forest Fringe throughout the month so check their website for their list of events.
Edinburgh City itself conceals many hidden gems that are often overlooked during the festival period. If you are there any time of year be sure to visit the Camera Obscura and the spooky hidden network of streets beneath the royal mile, Mary King’s Close.
Tickets for our show “Barry and Stuart: 98% Séance” that will run every night at 22:20 from the 5th to 29th August are on sale now here.