This year I spent my summer in beautiful Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival and it was possibly the best decision I’d ever made. During the month, I managed to squeeze in over 40 shows, under 5 sober nights in and met some amazing people from all over the world, from Adelaide to Aberdeen.
I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Fringe, ever since I started working as an Usher in 2012, and I was more than excited to actually experience the buzz… but nothing could have prepared me for the atmosphere in the slightest: People juggling fire outside Starbucks, hundreds of people of all ages flyering, performances in the most bizarre locations ranging from hotel rooms, to a high school, to derelict buildings and a huge sense of community with the friendliest strangers.
You may think that working the Fringe might ruin the festival a little; definitely not! I was lucky enough to work as part of the mighty Space family and got a chance to chat with theatre companies from all over the country and from across the pond, whilst selling a few tickets of course! It gave me a great chance to experience the Fringe first hand, leaving me plenty of time to enjoy a wide range of productions and many a night out! Its crazy how adrenaline can see you through most of the month, with a lot of cups of tea and a few powernaps for good measure!
It was a month of little sleep, many a takeaway, dancing until dawn and I can not wait to do it all again next year!