Life | Edinburgh Fringe

August 19, 2014

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After eight years of declaring that we should go to the Edinburgh Fringe we finally did it! All it took was a couple of free tickets from the comedian, Josie Long, to get us to plan a whole day out and about in the capital. 

We dropped Roxie off at my sister's house for the day and made the hour's drive through to visit my sister-in-law and nephews who live in Edinburgh. Luckily it was a beautiful day so we sat outside watching our three year old nephew, L, playing on his trampoline and having a little natter. That was until our youngest nephew, A, woke up from his nap where we were then invited indoors to see A's toys.

I really love being able to hang out with our nephews. L is at that stage where he's always chatting away, asking questions and wanting you to play with him which is so adorable. On the other hand, A is only nine months old and so he is crawling everywhere, taking everything in and doing the most adorable little smiles. They're two little cuties.

Anyway, once we'd spent an hour or so with the boys we jumped on a bus into Edinburgh itself. I was glad of the sunshine as we walked through the meadows. It would have been no fun at all to take a wander and explore in the pouring rain. It seems we were lucky. Each day either side was struck by heavy downpours!

We grabbed our tickets for our first two shows, ate some pork, bacon and black pudding sausage and worked out just exactly where our first two venues were. I never took any photos of this as I am a bad blogger who alternates between being too forgetful and self-conscious to whip out her camera in public.

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We had decided to see three shows while we were at the Fringe. First up was an independent circus act from Melbourne called Pants Down Circus: Rock in Assembly George Square Gardens. The hour long show includes four performers doing various acts with ladders, a trapeze and all sorts of other props whilst accompanied by rock music. We had decided that we wanted to see something different and with neither of us never having seen any circus performers in the past this fit the bill. It was a really good show with lots of variety and, despite it being family friendly, it wasn't childish at all.

Next we took the quick five minute walk to see comedian, Holly Walsh, perform her stand up routine, Never Had It, in Assembly George Square Studios. Whilst perhaps not a big name at the festival Holly Walsh has been seen on comedy panel shows such as Mock the Week and Would I Lie To You? Talking about those who have the mystical "it" in a tiny little room in front of about 50 people with a powerpoint presentation, the hour long routine was chock full of jokes that fortunately had us both laughing.

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Luckily there was about an hour before our next show as we had a twenty minute walk to even get to the venue. Fortunately the sun was still shining and so we had a lovely little walk to through the streets of Edinburgh before arriving at The Stand to pick up our tickets for Josie Long: Cara Josephine. Due to these being free tickets from the comedian herself we were a little apprehensive about collecting the tickets. Thankfully, Josie was actually at the door of the venue when we arrived otherwise I don't know if we would have got them! We were on her guest list and the man on the door had absolutely no idea about any tickets for us.

Anyway, after a little chat Josie went to get ready and we joined the queue out on the street to get into the venue. We really enjoyed her show about break-ups and relationships even if it did feel a little awkward with her talking about her heartbreak just as we are celebrating being married! The room was jam-packed with people all laughing along at the appropriate moments.  I'd hate to be a comedian. I imagine the pressure to be funny must be unbearable!

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After that we called it a night and jumped in a taxi back to my sister-in-law's house before finally heading back home. Shattered doesn't even begin to describe how tired I was!

Have you ever been to the Edinburgh Fringe? If so, what did you see? 

Who are your favourite comedians?
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10 comments :

  1. This sounds so fun and the photos are so pretty! Ring-a-roundarosey.blogspot.com

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    1. It's a great way to spend a day or a weekend. I think next year (or the one after) we want to do it again with different acts but over a couple of days instead.
      Debi x

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  2. Oh I bet that was an experience - I've been to Edinburgh a far few times but never around the fringe. I bet there's so much to see!

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    1. I haven't been to Edinburgh (the city itself) as much as I could have, what with only living an hours drive away. I've been through loads of times to visit the nephews but only four or five times into the actual centre. It's a nice city but I'm more of a glasgow girl. There's tonnes to see when the fringe is on though!
      Debi x

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  3. I've been seeing so much about the Fringe lately, I would love to go. I do like comedy and I'v never seen a circus act either. I'm always a little worries that they will be childish. Sounds like a great day out!

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    1. The circus act we saw was definitely family friendly but it was more about gymnastic things and pretty impressive tricks they were able to do rather than being very childish. I think that had it been more clown like I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much.
      Debi x

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  4. This sounds like a lot of fun. Edinburgh looks like a beautiful city, must take a trip over at some stage :) x

    Dreaming Again

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    1. Being in Edinburgh at the fringe is a great way to see the city. There is so much going on!
      Debi x

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  5. Ooh how did you manage to wangle free tickets for Josie Long? I've seen her a couple of times in the past and she's always fab. We saw Holly Walsh back in July as well doing a preview in Bath and she's so funny!

    We were in Edinburgh the first week in August and managed to cram 22 shows into 5 days; we go every year and always try and see as much as possible. Our favourites this year were Andrew Maxwell, Frisky and Mannish, This Is Your Trial, Mark Watson, Cuckooed, Nathan Caton and Omar Hamdi. :-) xx

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    1. Holly Walsh's show was great. We definitely enjoyed it which was good seeing as it was such a tiny room that if we hadn't it'd have been pretty awkward! We got free tickets from Josie Long herself. She apparently likes my husbands on vine and twitter and offered us free tickets which we gladly accepted. She did a fantastic show.
      Debi x

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