Last weekend I was in Edinburgh for the closing days of the festival. I had such a good time, but as is the spoonie way, it took me days to recover. I also had some exciting going ons keeping me busy this week, so it’s taken me a while to put a post together. Obviously the fringe is over, but you can catch my recommendations performing around the country all year.
I have been a Neil Holborn fan for a while, but this was my first opportunity to see him perform. He did not disappoint. His poetry is stunning; words have so much power when manipulated correctly. Much of his work packs a punch, but he can apply a light comedic touch too. Neil has been receiving some well deserved acclaim recently & I hope his star continues to ascend.
The next two shows were the toyboy’s choices. I’m going to give him credit for content, but a big fat zero for the venues being so far apart. Lost Voice Guy tackles inspiration porn, tory welfare cuts & his own experience of disability all whilst being highly amusing. Chris Coltrane continued the political stand up with his Make Love and Smash Facism show. If like me, you’re a left wing, bleeding heart liberal who likes a lot of swearing, this is the show for you. If like me you also have a very dodgy knee & often faint in hot rooms, The Banshee may not be the venue for you. Edinburgh is possibly the least accessible city in existence, so when I say I had a good time, you know the shows were good.
After drinks & dinner & more drinks we hit a late night comedy show at The Mash House (another contender for hottest spot outside hell). Two girls one cup of comedy was a show that guaranteed at least two female stand ups every night. We caught the very last show which, to my delight, was an all women line up. The stand out for me was definitely Samantha Baines. Her compèreing combined quality puns, hilarious audience interaction & a tiny bit of man mocking. Turns out I’ve been under a rock & Baines is already rather well known & loved. I am glad to have joined the party, even if I am very late.
We saw some other bits & pieces and visited a few non fringe related spots, but these are my picks. I recommend you rush to them should they visit your vicinity.
The end of festival fireworks were really beautiful too.
15 thoughts on “Fringe benefits…”
I have always wanted to go to Edinburgh Fringe and it looks like it would be well worth it! I have found a new love for stand-up comedy and I don’t think there would be anywhere better to see it.
I am so lucky to live so close. Def worth a trip though.xx
What does the toyboy’s hat say?
It says ‘make racists afraid again’. It’s a clap back at trump.
I’d love to go to Fringe! Sounds like you had a great time!!
Sounds like you managed to fit in loads! Every year I say I’m gonna go to a show and never make it. I’ve been to the fireworks though, they’re pretty spectacular!
We crammed in all the things we really wanted to see. The fireworks were stunning.
I’ve only ever been to the Fringe once, I think it was 2011 maybe. Really enjoyed it although the crowded train journey back to Glasgow was hell!
I can imagine.
I’ve not been to the festival for years, need to go next year
I’ve never been to the the fringe but it looks great!
It is great. So many varied shows. There is akways something for everyone.
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