Monday, 25 August 2014

So long, farewell.

Thank you Edinburgh Fringe.  This has been amazing.

Two years ago – exactly two years, because we were in Edinburgh on the last day of the festival – Hannah told me she wanted to make a show about her dad.  We’ve been working on it ever since.

We can’t express how happy we are that So It Goes has entertained and moved people.  We’re delighted that a show which is so personal has had such a universal resonance.  Nowhere but Edinburgh would an unknown company like us have the chance to share their work with the kinds of audiences we have enjoyed.

For a long time On The Run was just Hannah and me, scratching our heads and wondering if we’d ever pull this off.  More recently, we’ve been lucky to have an amazing team around us, so thanks to our Designer Emma, our long-suffering Stage Manager Lucy, Lighting-Designer-and-more Celia, champion Flyerers Charlotte, Katie and Nikki, Simon The Godfather and the remarkable Nancy Poole.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Please stay tuned to this blog, our website and our Twitter feed for news about So It Goes and On The Run. 

Finally, A Big Hand For The Audience. Really.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

So It Goes - Edinburgh Fringe round-up

So It Goes sold out its final fourteen performances.  Thank you to our wonderful audiences (and our tireless flyering team!)

Here’s a round up of what people have said about the show.

The Times

We also had Five Star reviews in Three Weeks, Broadway Baby and British Theatre Guide.

The Telegraph
The Independent

The Scotsman

Evening Standard

Fest (Matt Trueman)

We also had Four Star reviews from The Skinny, The StageA Younger Theatre, The Student Newspaper, Fringe Biscuit and Public Reviews.

The Guardian interviewed Hannah for this feature on how the death of her father inspired the show.

Dominic Maxwell (The Times), Lyn Gardner (The Guardian), Matt Trueman (Fest), Jake Orr (A Younger Theatre founder) and the BBC named So It Goes in their round-ups of must-see shows throughout the festival.

Ellen Davis-Walker wrote a beautiful piece for e-journal Bleak Bleak Bleak, exploring the nature of mourning via our show.  (Click here and go to page 25).

We even had a personal hero of mine come and see us...!

Finally, here's what our audiences said:

Saturday, 23 August 2014

The home straight

The end is near.  Just two performances to go and only a handful of tickets left for each.  (Book ahead here!)

Our latest review is Four Stars from Fiona Mountford in the Evening Standard (read here).

Everything I’d like to say at this point is already said in this excellent piece by Lyn Gardner called ‘A Big Hand For The Audience’.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

Photos from our research trip to Holkham Beach, Norfolk a few months ago.

So It Goes continues at 5.30pm today at Underbelly, Cowgate with just a few tickets left our last three performances.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Critics' Twitter Round-Up

So It Goes has sold out its last few performances with only a few tickets left for today, so do book ahead for 5.30pm at Underbelly, Cowgate.

Meanwhile, on this morning's blog, I'm rounding up what the critics have said in 140 characters...

Dominic Maxwell, The Times

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Jake Orr, A Younger Theatre

Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman

Matt Trueman, Fest Theatre Editor

Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Four Stars in The Telegraph, The Independent, The Skinny & Fringe Biscuit

We had a whole slew of reviews and press yesterday, including Four Star reviews from The Telegraph, The Independent, The Skinny and Fringe Biscuit, whilst the BBC listed So It Goes as one of nine Edinburgh 'Hot Tickets'.

In The Telegraph, Laura Barnett wrote:

"A couple of times each summer, the Fringe throws up a surprise hit: a gem of a show, from an unknown company, that sets tongues wagging and audiences flocking...

This is a gorgeous, profoundly moving show, and one that suggests this young company have a very bright future."

For The Independent, Holly Williams called So It Goes:

"one of this year's breakthrough shows" and "a perfectly formed fringe-sized gem".

For The Skinny, Leonie Walters writes:

"On the Run prove that the line between grief counselling and Fringe theatre may be so fine as to be non-existent.  The piece becomes a thing of both visual and narrative beauty as well as a therapeutic tool."

So It Goes sold out again yesterday and tickets for today are going quickly, so book ahead here for today's show at 5.30pm at Underbelly, Cowgate!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Here's to you

Yesterday we bade farewell to our Designer Emma Tompkins, as she boarded a train back to the Real World.  It’s been an absolute joy collaborating with Emma.  We’ve always had a lot of visual ideas for the show but Emma allowed us to take them to the next level, as well as adding a ton of her own. 

We’re delighted to have found a Designer who’s so willing to play with us. As soon as she came on board, we felt the rehearsal room lift. 

So here’s to Emma Tompkins: Designer of Shows, Maker of Things, Inventor of Games.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Five Stars in Broadway Baby

Our latest review is FIVE STARS in Broadway Baby.  Reviewer Thea Hawlin described the show as "visually stunning, deeply moving and beautifully executed".  Read the full review here.

We had a lovely day off yesterday, despite Hurricane Bertha.  (Only in Edinburgh would I be running to buy a woolly hat in August!)

We're back with a vengeance today at 5.30pm in Underbelly, Cowgate.  Tickets for today's show are selling fast, so book ahead!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Matt Trueman's Fest Editorial

Fest’s Theatre Editor, Matt Trueman has written his weekly Editorial on So It Goes and Ross Sutherland’s Stand By For Tape Back Up, another show about grief.

Matt gives So It Goes Four Stars and calls it “a gorgeous, expansive tribute”.  Read the full piece here.  We think it captures the show beautifully and we're looking forward to seeing Ross's show soon.

Tickets are already selling fast for So It Goes today and we sold out over the weekend, so book now for the show at 5.30pm today at Underbelly, Cowgate.

no big deal but...

Gosh, we were delighted to have Josie Long in the audience a few days ago.  We’re HUGE fans of Josie’s work and we're over the moon that she enjoyed the show. 

Josie’s show Cara Josephine is on at The Stand at 8.40pm every day and is an absolute must see.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Featured in today's Family section of The Guardian

We're featured in today's Family section of The Guardian!

Laura Barnett came to meet Hannah at our "ramshackle East London rehearsal space" (makes us sound so cool...) a few weeks ago to talk about the creative process and personal experience behind the show.

It's a lovely write-up, which you can read in full here.

So It Goes continues today, 5.30pm at Underbelly, Cowgate.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Five Stars in The Times & Four Stars in The Scotsman

Big day yesterday!  We got a Four Star review in The Scotsman.

Susan Mansfield called the show "a near perfect marriage of form and subject and a powerful expression of what happens in those moments when words fail us."

Read the full review here.

Then things got even better, with a Five Star review in The Times!

Chief Theatre Critic Dominic Maxwell had already tweeted that So It Goes was his favourite show of the Edinburgh Fringe so far and in today's paper he writes:

"I've never seen a depiction of grief which is as deft, daring, amusing and moving as this one."

Full review here.

Meanwhile, Fest's Theatre Editor Matt Trueman saw the show yesterday and tweeted:

We celebrated with a trip to see No Fit State in their very own big top tent.  It was mind-blowingly brilliant and we can't recommend it highly enough!

So It Goes is back today, 5.30pm at Underbelly, Cowgate. 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

A Tweet From The Times

The Times' Chief Theatre Critic Dominic Maxwell came to see the show yesterday and tweeted that it was his favourite show of the Edinburgh Fringe so far!

Five Stars from Three Weeks

Morning all.  We had a lovely review from Three Weeks published yesterday - Five Stars!

"I simply adored ‘So It Goes'.  It’s a wonderfully inventive and moving show about grief, and how hard it is to talk about a loved one who has died... A profoundly affecting experience: just lovely." 

Read the full review here.

Join us at 5.30pm at Underbelly, Cowgate for today's show.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Four star review - A Younger Theatre

Our first review is out!  It’s Four Stars, from Adam Foster at A Younger Theatre.  He describes So It Goes as “a wonderful piece of wordless storytelling.”  Read the full review here.

Our flyering team will be hitting the streets soon to find today’s audience.  Do say hello if you see them around!  We owe them big time for getting such lovely big, responsive audiences in every day so far. 

Thanks also to the team at Fresh Air Radio where we did a lunchtime interview yesterday (pictured).  The podcast will be available to download soon.

So It Goes is back at 5.30pm today at Underbelly, Cowgate.  You can book online here.

Below is some of our Twitter buzz...

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Come join the fun

Two shows down and yesterday's, in particular, was a belter!  Having a fantastic time at the Fringe and can't wait for this afternoon's show.

Say hello to our Street Team if you see them on patrol and join us at 5.30pm at Underbelly, Cowgate if you can.

A few kind tweets below.  Thanks also to Richard Davenport for our latest production shots.