things I have faved, #1

As people are doing week notes, telling you what I’ve enjoyed this week seems like a nice method of low energy blogging. I was going to do it last week but kinda forgot. Which means I have a bumper list of things I’ve faved.

The Guardian have a nice photo story of the Impossible Project taking over Polaroid’s last film factory and getting it working again (and renaming to Polaroid Original).

John Luke Roberts was one of the favourite shows I saw in Edinburgh, and he’s here talking on a podcast about comedy. Some of the references fly over the interviewer’s head a bit, which is a shame. I particularly liked the idea of making something funny then putting a joke on top.

Yue Yuen and Li & Fung are not household names, but probably should be – and will be if they follow the trajectory of their tech counterparts Foxconn and Huawei. A good long read about how clothes happen and why most company’s social responsibility work doesn’t.

Another company you should have heard of – – is profiled in the New Yorker.

There’s going to be a lot of comedy in these after Edinburgh. Daniel Sloss has two hour long shows on Netflix. They’re good, and funny, only occasionally straying into a 20something straight white guy telling you things. He was keeping a count on Twitter of how many couples he’d split up with the second show, Jigsaw.

More on comedy, sorry. An interview with James Acaster about his 4 Netflix shows. Basically he had to make them for the price of 1.

It’s Nice That feature Dia, a graphics in motion design studio.

BBC’s new documentary about dance music is excellent. I worry the next two episodes will not be as good (Pete Tong and Paul Oakenfold have already popped up (rightly in this case, but still)). Man, the music. Goosebumps for the entire hour.

Sky Arts showed a documentary about New Order’s latest gigs that I saw MIF last year. So much work! Looking forward to 2019.

Open House London was great again. Thanks to all the companies that opened up their buildings (and people opening their houses) and to all the volunteers. Given how badly some people treat the opportunity, and how much grief the organisers get, I’m surprised it continues. But it’s a very good thing. If you don’t like an aspect of it, volunteer.

If you book one thing this week, it should probably be the extended run of Rose Matafeo’s Edinburgh show at the Soho Theatre.

Things from Edinburgh to see not in Edinburgh

I went to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time – it was great, and I saw 42 shows, but I hadn’t really understood how much transfers (or previews) in London. Which is good for Londoners, and also lets me mop up some shows I couldn’t fit in – my favourites list on the fringe website had over 100 shows I didn’t see.

So here’s my list of things to see in the next few months –

Soho Theatre

Soho Theatre took 17 shows up to Edinburgh, so naturally they’re programmed in for the next couple of months back in Soho. For comedy, Rose Matafeo won the Comedy Award this year, so is naturally sold out (but rumours of extra shows), Lou Sanders, Sam Campbell, Jordan Brookes, Lucy Pearman and Jessie Cave are all excellent. Things I still want to see: Nate, Felicity Ward, Alfie Brown, The Pin, Tony Law, Ray Bradshaw, Ahir Shah, Lauren Pattison.

Theatre-wise: Underground Railroad Game was the big talking point.


Pleasance is one of the 4 main festival promoters in the Fringe. They also run a theatre in London where some productions are transferring.

Lights Over Tesco Car Park is a fun hour created by a young theatre group.

Freeman is an amazing physical theatre piece exploring racism, slavery, prisons and mental health.

I didn’t see it, but The Archive of Educated Hearts was shown in the tiniest shed round the back of the Pleasance, and got rave reviews. And everyone crying.

Objectively Funny festival

This festival, from September 20-30, is the closest to being at the Fringe (even having some Pay What You Want options). Loads of great shows – Rosie Jones, Heidi Regan, Elf Lyons, Micky Overman, Ed Night etc. etc. John-Luke Roberts was the show that nearly had me crying with laughter in Edinburgh, if you like silly (now rebranded “absurdist”) comedy.

There’s also Hamilton (Lewis) at King’s Head Theatre, Garry Starr Performs Everything at Rosemary Branch and the London Podcast Festival at King’s Place – I know nothing about podcasts but there is Night Vale.

Many of the acts and theatre productions are also touring, so you don’t have to be in London.

The one show I can’t find any transfer for was the best thing I saw – Electrolyte by Wildcard Theatre. I assume it’ll tour (and was developed with Oval House in London so I expect it’ll appear) – worth watching out for.

Some microreviews of what I did see are here.

If you don’t want to move from the sofa, Netflix has the Live From The BBC series, with many comedians doing last year’s Edinburgh show. Comedy Central has some recordings from Soho Theatre, as well as lots of shows from The Comedy Store (check catch up). Soho Theatre On Demand has some of last year’s shows, for a fee.

If I do go to the Fringe again, I’ll probably concentrate more on the international acts, fringe first timers and things that won’t appear immediately in London – for example the Taiwanese dance shows Bon 4 bon and Varhung at Dance Base were a highlight this year. But I do now, weirdly, feel more plugged in to what’s happening in London comedy and theatre, and have more venues to keep an eye on.