Continuing our new series celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe and DarkChat's own 10th Anniversary we've invited a selection of people connected to the festival to provide their memories of their first festival. If you missed part one you can catch up here
I went to my first Edinburgh Festival when I was 3, so I don't really remember it. My mum is from Perth but I grew up in the Midlands. We used to come visit family in Perth during the summer and sneak through to Edinburgh to see the festival most years. I chose Edinburgh University mainly
One of my early experiences of performing sketch at the Fringe was in double act Bronya & Siony with Sonya Vine. We did a show that had a different guest performer each day. On our first day the only audience member was our guest and we did the whole show just to them. It was ridiculous and a lot of fun. Makes me appreciate any audience I get, whatever the size.
Someone else we saw for the first time in 2016 and who is again on our 2017 shortlist is Louise Reay who this year brings 'Hard Mode' to The Stand.
My 1st show at Edinburgh I was a total little chancer, I felt like Delboy from Only
Fools and Horses. I even wore a stonewashed jacket and a large gold chain. Well,
actually I am still wearing this. I had only been doing clowning for about three months
and just decided to build an hour because I had an idea for a show so I just ran with
it. I spent the whole time worried I would be found out for not being a proper clown.
Having never performed in a festival environment before, because I hadn't done the
more common route of building up to an hour over a couple of years, I was knocked
sideways by the stamina needed to sustain a lengthy festival. Thankfully Diet Coke and
Reece's peanut butter cups got me through and I've never looked back.
Last, and by no means least (and we REALLY mean that) we also asked comedy legend Greg Proops for his first memories of the Edinburgh Fringe. You can catch Greg at the Fringe this year performing in 'Whose Line is it Anyway - Live at The Fringe' until August 16th at Assembly Rooms and also recording 2 special 'Proopcasts' at the Gilded Balloon Teviot on the 9th and 16th August.
My first trip was in 1989 to see my pal Will Durst. I was over to shoot Whose
Line - of course I was only 15 years old. I remember eating haggis at the George
Hotel and liking it. Seeing Steve Coogan in a two-hander at the Gilded Balloon.
Getting very drunk and not being able to understand anyone’s accent. Eating spaghetti
at a bad Italian at one in the morning and taking a very bumpy cab ride home over
I was hooked.
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