Back in August the London to Brighton gang plus guest writer Ross and Cule parents Liz and David made our way up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We are all big fans of the arts and have eclectic tastes, sampling everything from juggling to shows in pitch black.
Here are a few of my highlights - overall I saw 17 shows and as a very enthusiastic person and eager fan of all things, I had a really great time.
The OS Map Fan Club
This was our first show at the Fringe, and what a show! Helen Wood took us on a wonderful virtual stroll whilst celebrating the joy of paper maps. A relaxing and amusing start to the fringe which gave me a real sense of adventure.
This was the first juggling show I’ve ever seen, and I was thoroughly enraptured. This was an amazing introduction to dance-juggling, and the show had me laughing loudly throughout. Ross is a keen juggler and it was great seeing him enthused by new tricks.
This was an unexpected highlight of the trip. We piled on a vintage bus and took a spooky tour around Edinburgh, hearing lots of spooooky ghost stories and terrible tales. There was also some great immersive theatre which was very amusing. All in all, very strange, very great.
This was the best thing I saw at the Fringe, maybe the best thing I’ve ever seen, possibly the best day of my life?! I honestly came out of it euphoric. I’m listening to the soundtrack right now. Ros and I have both seen it again since, and it’s currently touring so GO GO GO!
The show that launched an unexpected love of Dungeons and Dragons among Ants, Ross and I. I was transfixed by a show that consisted of five people round a table rolling dice and I left feeling like I’d seen a highly produced show set in a fantastical setting. A real delight.
An immersive show set on an aeroplane in pitch darkness. It was so strange to be looking at your hands and not being able to see them - honestly I would have been happy with the darkness! You then had headphones and listened to a recording of very strange, sometimes funny, often troubling narrative. I came out feeling unsetting and intrigued.
We’ve always been big fans of the Fringe and this year was no exception. Thanks as always to Ants and Ros for their great recommendations. Perhaps we’ll see you there next year!