It’s a familiar sight for any Edinburgh Festival Fringe veteran: an improvised stage on the town’s main street, with a gathering crowd gawking at the performers while smiling minions press flyers into the spectators’ hands. What’s different is that this is Hollywood Boulevard.
My first experience with a theatre festival was all-in: I was assistant technical director at a multi-space venue company in Edinburgh. Now, I’m hooked–I’m so into the adrenaline of theatre festivals, the intensity of this kind of coming together of theatrical risk-takers, I can’t imagine life without it.
And so I’m on tour. And so I went to the Hollywood Fringe.
It’s the first annual Hollywood Fringe, and I have to say it’s impressive what the organizers have pulled together. From the impressive variety of shows in the brochure to the razor-sharp art direction to the friendly atmosphere at the bar at Fringe Central, this crew of deep-end divers have really made it work.