From The Fringe

From The Fringe: Tubular Bells For Two

By | Published on Thursday 13 August 2015

Tubular bells

Each day over the next three weeks we will be looking at some of the shows, performers and events being championed at the Edinburgh Festival this year by our sister magazine ThreeWeeks.

And today it’s ‘Tubular Bells For Two’, a show returning to the Edinburgh Fringe once again this August in which “two crazy Aussies perform Mike Oldfield’s masterpiece, tackling over 20 instruments to accomplish a feat that usually requires an entire entourage of musicians”.

Notes our ThreeWeeks reviewer: “Richard Branson had to bribe Mike Oldfield with his car to get him to play ‘Tubular Bells’ live. After seeing the entire album performed by these two expert barefoot Australian multi-instrumentalists, dashing around the stage frantically playing and cueing each other, I understand why”.

There is lots to enjoy about this show, she adds, “not least watching a musician sort out the wires under his keyboard with his toes! The music was wonderful but not perfect – and that was its great charm. The alternating terror and joy of the performers electrified the audience. It seems almost impossible to get these multi-layered instrumental parts right all of the time, but it sure is fun watching them try!”

‘Tubular Bells For Two’ is on at the Pleasance Courtyard until 31 Aug.