Hatchers at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011

Amongst the smorgasbord of delights on offer at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe are performances by several people who’ve been a part of Hatch in the past – and we’re absolutley delighted that two pieces which started life at Hatch events have now been developed into full-length shows for the festival.

All-female comedy/clowning/physical theatre juggernaut The Gramophones made their debut at Hatch: Abroad with Anything To Declare?, fantastical vignettes reflecting on the ritual of the vacation experience, with four foolish flight attendants exploring the trials and tribulations of going on holiday. The show will be in Edinburgh from 5 – 11 August at Laughing Horse @ Cafe Renroc, venue 84.

Preview at The Grosvenor in Nottingham, Monday 1 August, 8pm

Thereminist and chanteuse Miss Hypnotique and all-round entertainer John Callaghan spent their time at Hatch: Across waiting For Bono, delighting and baffling audiences in equal measure as they did so. The duo still haven’t found what they’re looking for, and so Waiting For Bono, an eccentronica epic featuring special appearances from the best of the Fringe (and the U2 frontman himself, assuming he shows up), will be at Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, venue 146, from 20 – 28 August.

Preview at Battersea Barge in London, Tuesday 9 August, 9:30pm

Many of the people who saw Oyster EyesHis Eyes Were Like Oysters at Hatch: It’s About Time weren’t entirely sure what they were looking at but at the same time, none of them could stop laughing – sometimes despite themselves. Their new show, Keeping the Captain Warm, is at Just The Tonic at the Caves, venue 88, from 4 – 28 August.

Several artists who have previously performed at Hatch events have also been selected for this year’s British Council Showcase:

Hetain Patel, pictured, (It’s Growing on Me at Hatch: It’s About Time) presents Ten at Zoo Roxy, venue 115, from 21 – 28 August.

Michael Pinchbeck (Hatch co-director and The Long and Winding Road at Hatch: One) presents The End (co-starring Ollie Smith, performer at several Hatches and helper-out at a few more) at Pleasance Courtyard, venue 33, from 22-27 August.

Action Hero (A Western at Hatch: Across and Frontman at the forthcoming Hatch: Fresh) present Watch Me Fall at Summerhall, venue 26, from 21 – 27 August.
Action Hero are also working on an Art Massage project as part of the Forest Fringe programme – more details here.

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