Performers hold preview nights ahead of Fringe festival

Bags are packed and ready to to go for BARBED.
Bags are packed and ready to to go for BARBED.

Four Derry performers are set to take Edinburgh by storm when they perform BARBED in the Fringe festival from 16-22nd of August.

Barbed comprises James King, Rory McSwiggan, Cara Park and Rory Murray.

But before they take to the Edinburgh stage there’s a special show for the Derry wans.

Barbed describe themselves as a “cosmic pile-on of free-thinking radicals from Northern Ireland who present a smorgasbord of performance art, improvised music, comedy and spoken word, reeking of trusting, spontaneous, interactive improvisation.”

They say Barbed includes word stews to tickle the heart of your brain from James and Rory, feminist wrestling from Cara Park, and Death by Casio’s techno saxophone frenzies.

It features performance art cultural terrorist James King, detained on occasion and banned from shopping malls all across the UK for his performance art.

The preview show takes place tonight at the Social Studios and Gallery, Shipquay St, Derry at 7 p.m.

Because of the nature of the show, parental guidance is advised. Barbed is not for the meek.

A second event will take place next Wednesday night in Sandino’s when Barbed’s Rory McSwiggan will do one hour of stand up ahead of the Fringe festival called ‘Rory McSwiggan Wants Nothing to do with Himself.’ The event will also feature Eaman Craig’s one man play Exit. The night starts at 8 p.m.

Don’t miss the week’s interview with Rory McSwiggan in the Sunday Journal.