I had originally intended (and started recording) a roundup podcast in the same vein as last year’s episode. However, I have decided instead to write a blogpost about my feelings about the Fringe this year.
Sitting here, a week later, I am still only processing my experience. It is odd to think that it has only been over for a week, and yet feels like it was forever ago. I had the opportunity this year to be involved in a lot of amazing projects, and to meet a load of interesting people. Everyone who I have spoken to about their festival has said that it was a very positive experience – there was a good vibe around the city, and a lot of great shows to see!
I witnessed some amazing things this year, but one of my favourites was on the very last day. I was out flyering on the Royal Mile at around 11:00am. It was quiet – many people had already left, and so it was even more quiet than usual. Although there were no official Fringe stages up, many acts had clearly decided to perform anyways – just do their usual “set” in the middle of the road. One cast was performing their song, and then slowly people from different casts joined in. At the end, everyone got a chance to plug their show, and they all hugged each other. This felt like the spirit of the Fringe to me. This was a community of people that had established itself on the street, and at the end of the day they all supported each other. Maybe it was because it was the last day, but I definitely got teary at that.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made my Fringe so special. I got to interview a lot of crazy cool people, and I thank you all for being friendly and interesting. I got to help promote shows for some of the most lovely people ever – so thanks to Gordon/Julz, Mark, and Emma/Gary for allowing me to be a part of the cool things you were doing.
Most importantly, I would like to say thank you to everyone I got a chance to perform/get creative with this festival. I never thought I would perform in a full length musical at the Fringe, and I did! I certainly didn’t think I would ever do children’s theatre, but I did that too! I never thought I would perform in a real Fringe venue, let alone rehearse a whole show in the meadows, and yet those things happened for me as well. This has been a creatively fulfilling festival unlike no other, and I can’t thank all of you enough for helping make that happen.
Okay, enough soppy-ness…
Stay tuned for the next incarnation of the podcast – Hanging Off the Fringe. Are you doing something cool and creative in Edinburgh during the other 11 months of the year? Get in touch so we can talk about it!