In which we receive a slide viewer, some flying saucers and a whole bunch of Shish kebab sticks
Anyone remember the days when, instead of going to an IMAX film screening or buying a Virtual Reality headset, we'd get our 3D kicks from a View-Master slide viewer? Well the team behind Edinburgh Safari kindly reminded us of the good old days by sending us one in the post.
Their underwater themed View-Master reel is a taster of how adventuring used to be, preparing us for their 45=minute comedy show which recounts tragic accidents and unmitigated disasters encountered by Sir Charles Eccleston-Forbes, a retired explorer. Catch Edinburgh Safari at 52 Canoes from Wed 16–Sat 26 Aug.
Rik Carranza also took us back to our younger years by delivering a box of retro space-themed goodies, including some glow in the dark stick on stars, a bag of flying saucers, a (rather weathered) copy of Star Wars Champions of The Force and a Star Trek Voyager Elite Force comic book. Rik Carranza: Star Trek vs Star Wars is a comedy panel show where 'geek culture collides in a fight to see which is better, a galaxy far far away or the final frontier'. His second show, Rik Carranza: I'm a Fan reflects on his own experiences to explore themes of love, life, death and Star Trek. Star Trek vs Star Wars is on at Heroes @ Monkey Barrel from Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug while I'm a Fan shows at Laughing Horse @ The Counting House from Thu 3–Sun 27.
A 'Shish kebab stick crossbow' and bottle of Budweiser were sent in from Richard Thieriot, performer and playwright of The Older Brothers' Almanac. It took us a while to master the technique, but after some target practise we feel well equipped to fire skewers at any office slackers in our midst. Learn about the brutal adventures of brotherhood by heading to C Venues; C Chamber Street from Wed 2–Mon 28 Aug, plus there's free beer if you bring a sibling and who doesn't love free beer?
Plan 9 from Outer Space heads to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe so that we can all laugh at how awful the film really is. Their bribe shared minimal information; just a poster and a passport to Area 51, but if you want a truly terrifying look into the future, head to Sweet Grassmarket from Mon 21–Sun 27 Aug.
Powder Keg sent us a zine with a bunch of show recommendations, which oddly doesn't include their own show, Morale is High (Since We Gave Up Hope). Still, we admired their advice on drinking sensibly, tipping at free shows and most importantly, eating fruit – vitamin C is at a premium in the Fringe, guys. Visit Summerhall from Sat 5–Sun 20 Aug to watch this double act debut performance which predicts what could happen at the next general election.
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