Blogger buddy and frequent Vain Minutia comment-leaver Mitch lives in Spain with his husband Jerry. I mention him here, because I have stolen the title of this post from one of the recent entries in his blog, Mitchell is Moving. Click the title to visit his blog, which is funny, sweet, beautiful, intelligent and uplifting! If you go there, you will find many gorgeous photos of their enviable environment among other things, and you might even have a song to hear. Click here to see the post about Scootlund in Augist, and the rain in Spain--Och! I don't even remember how I found Mitch, but I'm surely glad I did!
Scotland in August means one thing--Fringe Festival!
|Fringe 2014 by the numbers: 2,183,591 tickets issued to |
49,497 performances of 3,193 shows/events held at 299
venues across Scotland's capital city. (From EFF
After I learned all of this, I was so happy that I'd serendipitously planned my trip for my birthday in August, not even knowing I'd have this experience. Also, how I got a really great hotel room right in the heart of the city with no noticeable cost difference...well, it's a mystery.
As these things go, once I'd heard about it, I noticed it everywhere. One of my favorite singers/musicians, Amanda Palmer (wife of my favorite author, Neil Gaiman) mentioned a past Fringe in one of her live concerts that I was listening to, and went on to sing a song she'd written about a man she'd fallen in love with there. A documentary on PBS that I was watching mentioned the festival. I had my old friend Jennifer, along with her mother Karen and son Milos, over for a Sunday brunch in May, and when I said that my trip was in August, her eyes widened and she said, "You'll be there for Fringe!?" She'd lived in Edinburgh for a semester in undergrad and in Aberdeen for the entirety of her Masters program. Other mentions of it were sprinkled here and there over the months.
So anyway, my world that had been completely devoid of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (as they order the words) had suddenly sprouted one. Enough blathering. Here are some pictures.
|Breakfast every day at the hotel before off to the races.|
|Sitting room outside breakfast. How in the hell did I get |
a room here?
|Street performer along the Royal Mile, |
where most of the action goes down.
|Posters and flyers everywhere. I saw the play|
shown in the center--Renfield, about the
character of the same name in Bram Stoker's
Dracula. I also saw Antigone on this day.
|Near the end of the Royal Mile is a walled area|
of the city, which was thought in antiquity to be the
end of the world. So, while there, you may as
well have a pint at World's End.
|The Ferris wheel (slightly less impressive than the London Eye|
but cute, nonetheless) was out for Fringe this year.
|From farther away.|
|Posters, posters. The purple inflatable venue that you see back there|
was in the shape of a cow, udders up.
|Outings was a fantastic reader's theater style play, made up of scores (maybe|
even a couple hundred?) of "coming out" stories combined and
condensed. It was moving and funny and beautiful and sad and clever.
|Another piper piping.|
|Waiting for a show to start, I was near the|
university and appreciated this sign--
"and none." Being included is always nice!
|Not festival related, but some nice graffiti art WAY up on an upper floor of a|
building. Someone went to some effort, so props for that.
|The photo is of the gent himself, of course, but the actor who |
played Quentin Crisp in this one man show was really great. It
was in a tiny intimate venue, and was really special and memorable.
|Alright, so maybe this guy wasn't vetted. He was amusing and |
collecting for charity, though, and he was pretty cute.
|So much to see. Especially in the area of comedy, there were some|
notable people doing their thing. Earlier in the month, B. J. Novak
was there with someone else doing who knows what.
|Rum and Coke whilst waiting for Quentin.|
|Potted Sherlock--from the team that created the more suitably named Potted |
Potter. Here's their stage.
|Yep, they did it! Much lighter fare than the other shows I saw, and |
it was super cute. Lots of kids having a ball in the audience.