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Wednesday

We decided to do a run through of the show at the house this morning which set us up for a great performance. Smaller audience today, (but hey still performing international at the Fringe!) After, we headed to see James I, the first play in the James plays trilogy about the Kings. The show was incredible and an absolute pleasure from start to finish. They had one or two elaborate set pieces but what made this show so cool was it’s simplicity. Everything was very minimal and just told an amazing story. After the show let out we then bought tickets to see James II for tomorrow night. We had dinner on the streets by the Royal Mile, split up got food and then ate together outside one of the performance venues. Our night ended with seeing a production titled Shitfaced Shakespeare. It was a one of a kind, truly hilarious show. The cast performed a classic Shakespeare piece with one member of group completely drunk. I don’t even know how to describe how funny it was other then the fact we just laughed all night. How the cast improved to deal with the drunk one to make the plot continue was just outstanding.

Scott

Around town on Tuesday

We woke up to have another great performance this morning, followed by meeting up with Michael and Troy who just flew in! We went to a pub for lunch before returning back to the house for a little put in rehearsal. After that we went and saw a great show called “Man of Steal” which was this man who is a professional pick pocket who works with the police force to teach people how to protect themselves from these thefts. Learned a lot, and he was really fun at the same time! Later that night we saw a performance called “The Red Bastard” which was a one man stand up show that was so off the wall and out of this world. Enjoyed every second of it!

-Scott

Sunday and Monday at the Fringe

Sunday was a whirl wind of a day. We slept in a little then had our first meeting and talk through of show. Followed by a tour of Greenside, which is the venue where we are performing. I really like our venue and it is in the heart of the festival. After meeting we split up to divide and conquer. Doing props, lights and advertising. Amy, Taylor, Erin and I went to the Royal mile where we put up a few posters on the pillars but so many people just plaster over other posters , within 15 minutes some were already gone! Then we stopped to purchase some merchandise from the Fringe shop. We then went to the grocery store… which was a little different. Had no clue where anything was and check out is rather different. Its self check out and after you scan an item you have to place it in the pre packaging area or the screen shuts down and you have to get a manager to swipe a card.  Then came back to the house and had a snack before tech rehearsal. Everything went rather smoothly and we got in, set up, and tore down and came back to the house for a family dinner that Erin cooked for us. We then went straight into rehearsal in the living room (luckily it is large enough to tape out to be the size of the stage). It was a late night but we knew it would pay off!!

 

Woke up this morning after not getting too much sleep. We did another run through in the living room before heading up to Greenside. It was not the best performance for me personally, I rushed quite a lot, but I was filled with a lot of nerves and excitement.  I really can’t explain the feeling when we first walked out on to the stage and the audience was full! Our goal was for maybe 5 0r 6 because we really did not have time to do much of any advertising. The audience responded differently than back at home but we have been rehearsing and plan to adapt. This has been so unbelievably awesome and performing today was like nothing I have ever done. Afterwards, grabbed food at this local Italian place and came back to the house to take the most amazing nap. Then walked back up to the Royal mile, where Grant performed magic on the streets and we passed out flyers to a lot of people. Caught an awesome street performer on a unicycle who juggled torches of fire and then saw a show at our venue which was really good!!

 

Keep on keepin’ on!

 

Scott

Two days here and I love this place

Getting into to London on our first day it took a little time to find the Travelodge, where we are currently staying. We couldn’t check in until noon so we went and grabbed breakfast at this place around the corner. It was an awesome sit outside breakfast place. Everything moves slower here, and you have to call over your waiter to pay for your meal. It is very different from American because they just want you to enjoy your meal. Not so much about the in and out. We then quickly checked in and headed to the Globe theatre for a performance of Antony and Cleopatra where we paid five pounds to stand like “groundlings” in front of the stage. The show was incredible…even though it was pouring down rain. (There is no roof above where we were standing.) So we opted out of staying for the second act because after traveling for an entire day… standing outside wet in the rain wasn’t so awesome. We went around town and checked out a few local shops and then made it back to the hotel for some fish and chips. Surprisingly I tried the fish and actually liked it! Later on, Dan and I traveled down to Oxford circle to check out the Puma store they have here, and then stopped for a refreshment at a local favorite called “Shakespeare’s Head”.  The last major event of our first day was the Underground trains closed at midnight so we had to find a bus to bring us back near to Kings Cross.

Slept in on day two because being up for nearly an entire day is a little exhausting… and went to this place for breakfast…you have heard of it, McDonald’s. We then went to go find if there were nay tickets for shows, but everything was pretty pricy. We then decided to tour the area of Leicester. One of the coolest places we have been. We were in St. James Square where I was a part of a two man dance crew street show. This guy jumped over me and four others sitting on the ground in a row. Then we took some great pictures pictures in the middle in St. James Square, and then began walking through this park near the Buckingham Palace. Which we then went to and saw some of the guards marching around. Then trucked back to the park where we took a nap in some very comfortable chairs. After seeing a poster for the show “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” (It is one of my favorite books) decided to go to the theatre where they actually had cheaper seats available at the box office. It was one of my favorite shows I have seen in a long time. And it is currently in works in NYC for Broadway. The same director and creative team are currently rehearsing with the cast. The transition from book to stage was absolutely incredible and done with so much precision. I was so captivated by the acting, lighting, set and movement. After the show got to meet the Graham Butler who played Christopher at the stage door and go to talk with him for a couple minutes. The question that has been asked a lot is, “So where are you from?” Clearly we don’t appear to be from London…but we got to talking that we are hear for the Edinburgh festival and it was cool to hear that people over here are just as excited about it! Getting up early to take in a few more local spots then will be on board the train to Edinburgh! As they say in London, cheers!

-Scott

We got through security!

I can not believe we are actually doing this! It is here and we are at our gate!

Ready, set, go

I can not believe that this journey we are about to set out on is only days away.  This summer I have been working at Porthouse theatre as the assistant facilities manager.  It was a great experience, but I can not tell you how happy I am that today was my last day of work.  I have been counting down the days and I can not believe that we are almost there! I finished packing last night… after two other times when I packed my bags to make sure I could fit everything. I am only taking my book bag and small carry on bag. Traveling light! Everything started to hit me last night and I just really can not believe its here. I couldn’t ask for a better way to end my summer, going into my senior year of college, then traveling to Europe to perform theatre with my best friends. A year ago, I would have never thought anything like this could be possible. But…looks like we are about to make it happen and do something brand new for student theatre at Kent State University. Only about 36 more hours until we are on our way to London, yeah I am pretty stoked. -Make the impossible happen.

 

Scott

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