Reflections On An Online Festival – Paris Fringe 2020

Last week Paris Fringe 2020 came to an end. Shows from across the world intrepidly embarked on a journey of translating their stage performances into a new online format and for the first time brought theatre to an international audience from the comfort of their own living rooms. There were audacious experiments like Improbotics Online […]

REVIEW: Skank, Clementine Bogg-Hargroves & Future Artists, Paris Fringe 2020 ★★★★☆

Carrying an entire show’s presence with one actor and one character is always an extraordinary feat. The success of one-actor shows often tends to be the authenticity that this actor brings (as they tend to also be the one behind the show’s content) to the performance. Clementine Bogg-Hargroves’ Skank is a true expression of this […]

REVIEW: The Diva, Anita Luna, Paris Fringe 2020 ★★★☆☆

We are first introduced to Anita Luna – The Diva in what appears to be her dressing room. In a mesmerising performance livestreamed in its entirety, we learn that the stage is Anita‘s home. She’s dressed in a flowing white dress (the first of a few costumes throughout the performance). Anita leads into her first […]

REVIEW: Necessary Devil by Knight and Dais Entertainment, Paris Fringe 2020 ★★☆☆☆

This moment was always going to arrive. The moment where a show intended for the stage has to make a move to online streaming, and doesn’t quite hit the mark. Necessary Devil, pitched as a profound insight into the worlds of religion, politics, conspiracy and evil is brought to us by a man named Luke […]

REVIEW: Growing into My Skin, Ioana Goga, Paris Fringe 2020 ★★★★☆

There is something to be said about a piece of art which has the scope to be both deeply personal and widely universal. Ioana Goga’s Growing into My Skin falls into this category. Goga’s topics of womanhood, love, mental health, and life are topics which hold an undeniable universality and any audience member would be […]

REVIEW: Wave Form, Aria Scarlett, Paris Fringe Festival, 2020 ★★★☆☆

Moving any type of theatre to online live streaming has its challenges, as I’m sure the performers, organisers and viewers of Paris Fringe have recognised. Theatre as a medium has the luxury to ask its patrons to suspend their beliefs at the door. It can create a fully immersive feeling that is often missing from […]

REVIEW: El Diablo of the Cards, Ewerton Martins, Paris Fringe 2020 ★★★★☆

I must say that when we at Binge Fringe discovered that the Paris Fringe was planning to stream some performances online I was pleasantly surprised and intrigued. Partly because I was keen to get some new theatre in my blood, but mostly because I was interested in seeing how the individual performers would choose to […]

REVIEW: Etched Glass Decanter, Evening Crane Theatre, Paris Fringe 2020 ★★★★★

It is rare that something definitively thematically original and bold manages to make it’s way into the mainstream. Etched Glass Decanter may not be in the mainstream yet – but it’s unashamedly obscure, wild style marks it as one to watch. Michael Seebold’s script is dripping with unusual metaphysical discussion. The confusing, winding story is […]

REVIEW: Improbotics Online, Paris Fringe 2020 ★★★★☆

In events reminiscent of a mix between a Franz Kafka novel and an episode of Black Mirror written on an acid trip, Alex the Artificially Intelligent Avatar has joined an improv troupe. Alex’s automatically generated lines are slotted into the architecture of stories created by audience suggestions through a website. These suggestions are then beamed […]