Credit: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
I hot-footed it to The Performing Arts Studio Scotland, part of Telford College on the other side of Edinburgh, to see Springboard. This was a showcase of contemporary dance & choreography by students/recent graduates. It was an impressive show with a varied & interesting programme. The studio was busy but I wonder if it would have attracted a bigger audience if it had been held more centrally?
Interesting fact of the day: Karen Gillan (Amy Pond in Doctor Who) studied at Telford College before moving to London.
Lesson of the day #1: don’t get a bus from PASS back to the city centre with only an hour between shows. You won’tmake it in time & there’s a good chance you’ll end up sitting next to a man who smells of wee…
Gutted to have legged it from the bus station to the Udderbelly but be too late for B*tch Boxer (which has been getting rave reviews) I resign myself to the rain & catch a bit of street performance along the Royal Mile. You’ve got to admire the chutzpa of those acts prepared to stick it out in all weathers!
Lesson of the day #2: My Converse leak.
I have to admit by Wednesday I’m knackered & not sure about spending another day in dark theatres. However, Hand Made Theatre’s Circus in Hand woke me up & left me feeling joyful! This family show is different, clever & had the audience enchanted from start to finish. I may have walked zombie-like into the theatre but I bounced out of it!
By this stage I realise I am no longer bemused at seeing punks in tutus & have blocked out the sound of bagpipes. Does this mean I’ve fully entered the Festival vibe?!
The afternoon brings Best of the Fest Daytime – a variety show giving tasters of different acts in the hope that you’ll then buy tickets to see each act’s main gig. It would have worked if it wasn’t my last day! It was a mix of comedy ‘spirit medium’, stand up, jazz hip-hop & a 1940s jazz rendition of Blur’s greatest hits performed by an amazing vocalist.
So, my festival experience ended as it began with a witty wartime vibe. Perfect for a history geek!
I’ve loved my time here. I’ve laughed, seen some incredible talent & been confused. It’s definitely opened my eyes to different types of theatre & given me food for thought. It was also great to see Edinburgh at its best & friendliest. High praise from a Wegie!
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