It’s quiet in here…

It’s been a busy busy month. It’s not just the Edinburgh Festival but it’s also writing time – I am on a Creative Writing course.  My time seems to consistently belong to someone else.

Fun at the Fringe

Here I am in Edinburgh in the middle of the world’s biggest arts festival. Everyone, it seems, is here. And no one is local so I can’t walk down the street without being constantly asked where the comedy midget stripper show is.  Thankfully I don’t need to bother doing much research (no comedy asking around for me) because I have a friend who helps organise shows at one of the biggest venues:  Assembly.   I was offered some tickets and I thought it would be churlish to say no.  I picked 3 shows:

Simon Callow

This man is made of Shakespeare.  If you were to cut him he would actually bleed the tempest.  I enjoyed his show but I was constantly distracted by water dripping from the ceiling.  Mr Callow ignored these and told the story of Shakespeare’s life using excerpts from his various plays.  Highly recommended.


I think the best way to describe this is::  Teutonic-Slapstick-Comedy-Sketch show – featuring opera… and baths.  I enjoyed this but if they’re taking feedback I’d say less opera and more gymnastics or sundry circus acts.  The men were very buff and every time they took their tops off woman literally screamed with pleasure; which is ok because we males got to look at the rather attractive female dancers.  Family fun – something for everyone.  Cautiously recommended.

Tripod Vs The Dragon.

I don’t normally like musical comedy but if you’re going to have 3 geeks (and attractive female singer as their foil) sprinkle in hardcore geek references and I am their.


Creative Writing

As for the writing, it’s going well. It’s a little odd because I am non-residential and consequently I don’t really feel part of the main group.  I sort-of wander in and out like some sort of lost person.  It’s a very strange experience.  If I ever do something like this again I think I will go elsewhere and make sure I stay on site with all the rest of the students.

Still they seem like a nice bunch.

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