Its been a long holiday and its not over yet. Our weeks in Edinburgh are over and now we have moved on to Ayrshire. The Festival bit of it was something i have wanted to do for a long time. Years ago i was in a show written by @Gawkagogo who’s fabulous shows and art can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Gawkagogo-Freakshow-177457081457/ .In later years i wanted to go back to the Fringe and experience it from the other side as the audience. So finally this year we took the caravan to a site in Edinburgh for the four weeks of the festival. It also gave us plenty of time to explore Edinburgh and the surrounding area. We,as a family, do things at a much slower speed than most. Two of our number having health and mobility issues means that accessibility is very difficult for us and needs planning with military precision. Edinburgh and its Festival does not score highly for accessibility. So we needed time.
In the end we realised that you don’t actually need to pay to see shows in difficult to access venues because so many of them did free performances outside on the streets. There were two main areas providing a constant supply of fringe performers. We spent our time at the performance areas on the Royal Mile. With several acts on at a time throughout the day there was an ever changing supply of acts to choose from.
The guy in the bottom photo was bloody amazing and when i find out his name i will add it to this post. He is the one that i would have paid full price to see instead of the money in a hat that he recieved that day.
The festival has changed a lot since i performed in it 20 years ago. Like many things it is now very commercial with more celebrity acts it seems and less ” take your own show on a shoestring” acts. Even Esther Ranzten had a slot this year. Quite how that can be called Fringe i’m not sure.
Still I went, I saw and it was great.