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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

August 26, 2017

As we near the end of our month long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest I thought I should write a little post about the highs and lows of the past month or so!  In the lead up to Edinburgh we were fortunate enough to perform at The Rose Theatre in Kingston because of our IYAF Award. After lots of discussions following the festival we have come to the conclusion that it is THE BEST festival we have ever been a part of. The people were beautiful, warm and genuinely had the artists best interest at heart! The cherry on top was the fact that as the festival came to a close we were nominated for best individual performance and the festival friends award the latter of which we only went and WON ! Grateful is an understatement. 
Following on from what we considered our preview performance we finalised preparations for the Edinburgh Fringe. I don't think either of us could have anticipated quite how hard doing the show for a month would be! It's been a real challenge! We spent the weeks leading up emailing sooo many people and with a few promising responses we were armed with a multi award winning show and ready to combat the fringe. Or that's what we thought...I want to be honest with anyone reading this and I would love to say that it was another fantastic month however it has been extremely difficult. As a solo performer in a sea of thousands of shows it's still very difficult to get bums on seats. It's also draining, emotionally physically and mentally draining BUT I wouldn't change it for the world. I have said to Doug and I will tell you too, the happiest moments of this festival have come when I'm relaxing with a few close friends or when I'm actually on stage and performing. Something clicked during one of the shows perhaps 5 days into the run and that was the fact that I am so fortunate to be able to be doing what I love every night to an audience ... now that may be an audience of 4or 5 or 30-40 people but they are people who have invested the universal currency of time to see what we have worked so hard at creating. That is what it's about and that is why we are here. We also have up here the chance to see other people do the same and I've seen shows that have moved me to tears and made me snort with laughter . A festival to me is a celebration and not a competition  and as I sit in the dressing room ready to do the penultimate show I'm smiling because I am one of many artists trying to make sense this wonderful thing we call life ! We want to say thank you to everyone that has supported us during our time up here- special shout out goes to ZOO and to the NSDF for our special commendation for acting and writing and every single audience member- you have been WONDERFUL !  

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