That’s right I’m catching up! This may be brief in one sense but informative in an entirely different one. the sort of informative that doesn’t necessarily contain any, you know, information.
We’re into the fringe proper which is why the ol’ blogging has slowed down. it’s tough realising, well remembering, that when you take a show to the fringe that starts at 23:35 every night, you won’t actually be getting any proper free time. it’s up at the break of noon for breakfast/meeting and then off to flyer until dinner, hitting all the similar shows until exhaustion forces you to eat, then it’s off to flyer until the show passing a never-ending stream of bin-lining out to your ignoring public!
But, boy! has the show come to life! performing on a daily basis, with daily analysis of what’s worked and what hasn’t is really polishing our game. the five daily performers are getting to know each other’s habits and skills and we’re pushing each other in directions we never thought possible. And even in the temporary absence of our live-in technophile, Alexis, we we able to pull this wonderfully technological scene out of the bag on Rosie Wilby’s appearance…
Keith is proving to be a wonderful guy all round and always says hello as we pass which is exceptionally kind since he’s off to dublin in a few days to film Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow on the 19th. don’t forget us Keith!
The was warmly recieved even though we felt we had hit a bit of a lull and were capable of much, much more. However there were still some real gems in this show. Sparked from Julie’s story about someone she knows owning 2 dogs because one had followed the other home from the park, we get this great song from Heather, Jason, Katy and Rebecca about the misery of a friend having a pair of husbands.
I think people are coming around to the idea of coming back to Edinburgh next year and build on our success this year. I think we’ve got a great show here and the more notoriety we get, the bigger guests we can attract and the more notoriety we’ll get. I’m really excited by the idea. Apparently Spank! is seeing it’s last battered mars bar for a while after this year and that’s a slot we can easily fill in the Edinburgh cattle market.
Now we’ve all heard the old saying that if you swim after eating within 30 minutes you get cramp…well James has a friend who thought that if you eat, and water touches you, your head explodes which inspired this, my favourite scene of the fringe so far…
And what a show to send him off with! James was a great guest who seemed to carry a theme through with him of his life at public school, scooping mashed potatoes into his pockets at supper and being a lonely posh kid during the holidays, it made for some wonderfully retro scenes involving wham bars and dinosaur pencil cases.
One particular highlight came in the following song, It’s Not Easy Being Posh…
Laura, as a Mayday, knows what we’re about. Her monologues were packed with detail and emotion, a veritable conucopia of comic potential which w
as only half reached by us as the limits of time struck us down. we had some extraordinary scenes….Superfun!