The Fringe was INCREDIBLE. I've been back for over a week and getting used to living like a normal human being again, but wow, going was one of the best decisions of my university career.
Amazing things that happened:
*FIVE STAR REVIEW!!
*Being mentioned, by name, in several reviews!
*These mentions were really really positive!
*A venue pass = free shows. Every single day. *____*
Our company had three shows, one with a considerable band. All twenty four of us lived in one four-bed flat in the Grassmarket, taking turns at the Actual Beds (every third night or so, usually) and establishing inviolable rules for the Toilet Queue. On the second day the washing machine broke, and continued breaking down with alarming regularity, so we had a lot of rules about Febreeze, too. People established their own little corners of floor and there were always people over to stay. It was like a giant month-long indoor camping trip.
The most exciting thing, hands down, was just how much theatre there was. And how excited everyone was about it! Everyone was going to see everything they possibly could: straight-up theatre, musicals, puppetry, dance, operas, experimental stuff, kids' shows, sketches, impro shows, a cappella... people were doing shows in pubs, in lecture halls, in warehouses under bridges.
Godspell was in a tiny little basement of some university building: a 'found space', so called because quite literally there had been a fire and they found this free space and never quite figured out what to do with it. It was dusty and too warm and there were little bits of melted metal still all over the wall and floor. We pulled out the plastic chairs and put in a couple of sofas and a bunch of cushions and had people sit around like that. Our 'set' was random junk we'd picked up from a tip: fridges, road signs, tyres (at the end of the show I would crucify Jesus on a broken-down old door).
I also found an incredible company called Action to the Word
. They brought Titus Andronicus, Clockwork Orange, and a brilliant new musical called Constance and Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams. They also apparently do a Shakespeare workshop every month for just a fiver, down in London, which I need need NEED to go to some time. They made me *_____* a ridiculous amount.
But now it's back to the real world, and the growing realisation that I have my undergrad dissertation to sort out oh god DDDDDDDDDDDD: