Fringe 2015 – Garden of Unearthly Delights Opening

Garden2015Last night the Garden of Unearthly Delights opened its doors to the public for the first time in the 2015 season.

Aesthetically not a huge amount has changed from previous years, the layout and venues remained largely the same, however there were some beautiful new additions. The incorporation of the trees in the park has dramatically improved with the addition of umbrellas and alterations to lighting arrangements creating a quirkier feel.

After a networking period, everyone was invited in to the Spiegel tent to begin the festivities for the evening. As always, this was an opportunity to showcase some of the best shows to be expected this year.

The curvaceous diva Yana Alana kicked off the show with an emphatic cabaret performance, often drawing swathes of the crowd to sing along with her. Yana continued to hold a mic, long after her performance was done, and MC the majority of the evening, to the delight of the crowd.

Following Yana, Irish comedian Paul Currie took to the stage with a bizarre mix of comedy and performance. His upcoming show, Release the Baboons, has been likened to something akin to Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the taster we received last night was no different. Paul took to the stage with a monkey puppet and proceeded to play Russian roulette to the sounds of a calming orchestral mix.

Puddles the clown took to the stage immediately after giving a stunning rendition of Royals by Lorde. The morose make up was in striking contrast to the golden voice which swept over and through the audience of the Spiegel tent.

Velvet brought the crowd back with the penultimate performance. His lively music and gymnastic performance wowed the crowd while his attendants continued to hand him an unending amount of golden hula hoops. Just as the crowd was sure he could spin no more simultaneously, he seemed to pull an appendage from nowhere to achieve it.

After this, the Garden Producers and Jay Weatherill took the stage to say thanks and swell the crowd before  the final song from Yana. There was still a lot of energy in the crowd following the song and there was some thought that the finale was very abrupt, however the audience happily jostled out and explored the new stalls of the garden.

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