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Friday, February 15, 2013

Hook Hitch gets its Edinburgh Fringe priorities right

THE website of Guildford's Hook Hitch theatre company says its actors "grab their audiences and don't let go". 

That's not all: they also grab their copy of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide and don't let go. 

Here's the evidence (right), tweeted to me at @MarkFFisher only yesterday.

The company is bringing This Was the World and I Was King, a new play about childhood imagination, to Edinburgh. It takes inspiration from the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson as well as the girls who convinced the world that the Cottingley Fairies were real. 

One person taken in by the hoax was Arthur Conan Doyle who failed to show the scepticism of his most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes, in his willingness to believe in otherworldly creatures. That story inspired Peepolykus to create The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society, its recent Christmas show at Edinburgh's Traverse, as I wrote here.

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Follow me on Twitter @MarkFFisher, @WriteAboutTheat and @LimelightXTC I am a freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers. I am also editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide.