Above Matt Colborne spots one of our posters outside the Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh.
Up at an ungodly ten past five, a taxi to Brighton station to catch the 06:19 up to St Pancras. At King’s cross we met Kitty and Matt at Kings Cross zoomed through downpours and sunny spells for four and a half hour up to Edinburgh. Amy Freeman, an old friend met us on the platform, and we cabbed to our digs in Leith, an air b’n’b flat at the top of rather posh tenement buildings. A nice smart interior, but the sixty timeworn stairs leading up to the flat.
So our tech rehearsal at the Surgeon’s hall this afternoon. This is all about sorting out the light and sound cues, meeting the Space team at the venue, and being talked through safety stuff. A nice little venue, and just perfect for us. The Surgeons’ Hall is really near the heart of where the fringe action is. And already Edinburgh seems stuffed to the gills with luvvies and really buzzing. Our taxi driver said there was a yearly invasion from England for the month.
The tech was fine, but there was only just time to get everything sorted. The Space crew really helpful, and it is a kind of military operation, with each theatre being used multiple times during the day. It certainly helps you keep a sense of perspective when you see the bazillions of posters for events. Still, Beth and I schlepped about after the tech and distributed our posters and flyers to other Space venues. It is a bonus that in effect each space venue is able to advertise your show.
I’m really happy we decided to take the plunge and go for it this year. I’m chuffed to have a play on, and be part of this huge cultural event.
A quick, discounted once we showed our lanyards, beer at the Surgeon’s hall then eventually back home to Leith where we are staying. We found an Indian restaurant nearby called Shri Bheemas, with good food. Then back to our air b’n’b, home and happy to be there. Loads to do tomorrow, everyone crashed out early.
Below a snap of a nervous-looking Beth, Lorraine and I at ungodly-o’clock on the train, a selfie outside the Surgeons’ Hall, one of our posters (yay!) and Beth on stage during the tech.