Edinburgh diary 05/08/19 – Things are going suspiciously well

I was all set up for a difficult day today.  It’s a Monday, not the weekend, and storms have been forecast.

Apart from a bit of rain in the morning, the day was glorious.  As for the audience for Shit Socialist, I had 27 in, just shy of capacity.  The show was nice again.  I’m also illness free whilst all around me people are going down with ‘Fringe flu’.

It all feels a bit suspicious.

To temper this though, it was explained to me that while it is a Monday, today is generally a busy day.  I believe it’s a bank holiday of sorts (just in Scotland, I think), and the regular paid shows have their 2-4-1 tickets available.

Ok, so maybe doom is coming after all.  Hurray!

Improv Cage Match

A bunch of our American guests were taking part in the Improv Cage Match tonight.  Performing as their group, Weisenheimer, they fielded a number of suggestions to create a 20 minute long form collection of scenes.

I felt they did particularly well dealing with the suggestion ‘Acorn Antiques: the musical’.  I think it’s fair to say that the genius of Victoria Wood has not made it over to America yet.  We ended up with a musical number about an acorn becoming a tree, which is fair enough.

They did great, as did the house team following them.  It’s the first time I’ve seen this show, and I would certainly recommend it.

Crime of the Hour

Ending the night, I took part in another show of ‘Crime of the Hour’: the longform we’ve been booked to do with our improv based on the strange aspects to do with true crime.

The last show I did had all of three people in, so to have a dozen or so made a huge difference.  The players were made up of me and various CSz Manchester players, along with Nina from America.

The show was a lot of fun, and I did scenes that included me as Jesus owning a bar, who then went on to try and fleece inexperienced sellers at a car boot seller.  I also played the role of Napoleon Bonaparte (you could tell that is who I was as I had my hand in my shirt.  Classic Bonaparte, ask anyone).

A quiet pint after in the bar, then a lazy Uber home.  Will tomorrow be a tough one, or can I keep this streak up?


My show, Shit Socialist, is on 3.15pm, 1-25 Aug, at The Counting House (Attic).  Free entry, PWYW.

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