Fringe Diary · Fringe Diary 2016

Fringe Diary – Day Two: You Shall Not Participant Pass


Today has been a good day. A day devoted to the art of chill. The tech rehearsal last night was a difficult one. Not sure why exactly. All in all, it went okay, and there were no huge problems. Maybe I was just creating issues where there were none. That’s probably it. It had was an unfortunate side-effect of me being a bit of an arsehole to my cast at certain points but I think I apologised with all due sincerity and they don’t hold it against me. Hopefully, at least. The technical side of things should be all sorted now. I have a continuing paranoia that our desk, which had to be disassembled and then reassembled for transport purposes, will collapse during one of the more emotional scenes. I’ve tried to put that possibility to the back of my mind.

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Fringe Diary · Fringe Diary 2016

Fringe Diary – Day One: The Arrival


It’s been a long few days. Our journey from Plymouth has been rambling and complex as only a mind strange as mine could devise.

Due to the fact that it dramatically reduced cost, I took the decision to split our travel between Plymouth to London and London to Edinburgh. Half of us live in and around London, so it made sense. While there we earned the company an extra bit of money doing some flyering for a business called FunTech, who run Summer Tech Camps for children where they can learn all sorts of useful and fun computer skills. (I’m still in advertising mode as you can see).

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Fringe Diary · Fringe Diary 2016

Fringe Diary – Preface: A Little Background

Last year, I came to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time. Back then I was attached as the Tech to a play performed by Thespis Project Theatre, Normal is an Illusion. I fell in love with the city, the festival, and with the atmosphere of both. I knew I wanted to return before I was even a day in.

A few months previously, one of my plays, known as The Last, was performed by the Amateur Dramatics Society of Plymouth University. I was on the committee in those days, and so also served as a director. My friend Nixy, who had been part of the Normal is an Illusion cast and, helped me direct and acted in The Last, texted me a month or so after we came back, saying:

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