EFF 2018: preview

After feeling like I had all the time in the world, all of a sudden my Edinburgh stint is upon me. After a frantic few weeks trying to put a schedule together, I finally do have some confirmed activities for the week. It’s definitely been an eye-opener for me: some days I’ve found myself stressing over leaving it late to request press tickets, and other days I’m sort of glad I didn’t try to have things set in stone weeks & weeks ago. Frustratingly, planning ahead doesn’t seem to be something the Fringe wants you to do! With whole runs being cancelled, individual performances called off, and not being certain when some shows are happy to receive the press, it seems to be stacked against people who’d like to have things all settled before setting foot on the train…

As I’ve been continuing with all my London commitments (and work!), having to keep reorganising my Edinburgh plans has been most unwelcome – a completely unnecessary stress bonus that I was not expecting. Safe to say, I’ve learnt my lesson. Unless I have a traumatic experience, I do intend to visit again, but next time I will pare down my list to the bare minimum to make rearranging a more straightforward task. It also remains to be seen how good I’ll be at getting from venue to venue!

I am still waiting on a few more confirmations (or rejections – as long as I know either way), but I currently have 16 shows confirmed:

  • Vivian’s Music, 1969
  • Ed Fringe: The Musical Revue
  • Finding Peter
  • Courtroom Play: A Courtroom Play
  • Great British Mysteries: 1599?
  • Bottled Up
  • Bite-Size Plays Presents: Neverwant
  • …and Peggy
  • Shit-faced Showtime: Oliver With a Twist
  • Hecate
  • Medea Electronica
  • Ladykiller
  • Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show
  • My Left/Right Foot – The Musical
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Thor and Loki

There are quite a few more on my list, most of which I’m confident will be approved, plus I’ve booked to see the brilliant Harry and Chris – and if I can afford anything else, I’ll add it in as I go along.

I’ve got some sightseeing to do, as it’s been years since I last visited Edinburgh. I’ll be spending quality time in the National Museum of Scotland (including the new Rip It Up exhibition, all about Scottish pop music), and there is a free exhibition on Scottish Suffragettes from the National Records of Scotland. I also need to get plenty of walking in (though there may also be running from show to show!), and there are lots of places I can wander around to tot up my #August500 mileage.

So, wish me luck! Reviews will be popping up as frequently as I can manage them – and keep an eye on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more of a taste of the action. I’ll see you on the other side…

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