I’ve been quietly busy in recent months. The Edinburgh Fringe opened a lot of doors for me and changed me both as a person and as a performer.
It was my first fringe and I had not really known what to expect. Like so many things I’ve done in recent years, I’ve just gone ahead and tried not to think about it too much. That seems to be the best way to stop my mind from talking me out of it.
Surviving the festival is a challenge all of its own. Living in very cramped and basic accommodation for two weeks didn’t really make anybody especially happy. And as the days pass, little frustrations like that get amplified until what was initially just a slight annoyance, starts to drive you crazy.
Then there’s the trial-by-fire nature of the first three or four nights of the show. I had written and developed it over the past few months but it had still only had limited testing in front of live audiences. So the first few nights were highly stressful and a very steep learning curve.
And nobody needed experiences like forgetting the vision mixer (a very important piece of kit) on the first day and having to blast through Edinburgh like a getaway driver to go ‘home’ and pick it up, come all the way back, dash into the theatre, get dressed and then go on as if everything was fine.
But after a few days, both me and my crew adjusted and learned to take each show in our stride. And before we knew it, we were in a routine and starting to relax a little more.
And then good things began to happen…
Having never done a Fringe before, turning up every night to do my show and walking on stage to a full or almost full house, and having no idea who these people were or why they had decided to come and watch my little show rather than any of the other five thousand shows in Edinburgh. And it became even more surreal when I’d find people waiting outside after the show to meet me and take photos.
I didn’t get into show business to be famous or to be any kind of big shot. I’m just a man with some skills and ideas that I want to share. And it was a pleasure to do so each and every night during my Edinburgh Fringe run. If you did come to the show, I’d just like to say thanks so much for coming and I really hope you enjoyed it.
A number of influential people did attend, including television producers and theatre bookers, and certain opportunities are being talked about. I’ll tell you as much as I can as soon as I’m allowed to.
So that was Edinburgh! And while I won’t be back next year (because, all being well, I’ve got something rather big happening), I will be back in 2020.
For the time being though, I’m back in London and back to reality.
So having taken a couple of months off (mostly), I’ve been developing both the show and my grand vision for my business as a whole. What do I want to build? And I have big plans for the years ahead! I don’t think anybody would expect any less of me.
Watch this space.
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