Ballad of the Crone by Leonor Estrada Francke

The Guardian 31 January 20221

If there’s one festival equipped to adapt to the era of online viewing it’s Manipulate. The Edinburgh-based event is dedicated to visual theatre, a catch-all category that incorporates everything from mime to animation. In previous years, I’ve seen Dadaist dance, improvised children’s storytelling and turntable cartoons.

There’s nothing like seeing all this in the same room as the performer, but at least lockdown has given those performers a chance to extend their visual thinking. On the strength of this year’s opening weekend, the work remains rooted in theatre, but shows tantalising signs of artists exploring the possibilities of the screen. [READ MORE]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).