For our final evening at the Fringe we chose something a little different from the usual show in a room and attend The Friday Fringe Take Over at the National Museum of Scotland. It is without doubt the best venue you will attend this (and probably any other) Fringe, with stages set up amongst the displays where you can choose to take in tasters of some Fringe acts or wander freely through the rooms and artefacts of the National Museum of Scotland.
The acts are all of a good standard and take in cabaret, dance, comedy, acrobats, drummers and dancers although there
is a difficulty moving between stages as the crowd near surges from one room to the other when different performers are
at different places at consecutive times. The best part of this experience though is not running between each stage
continually but in taking in a Museum in a completely different set-up to the day to day. Choose to sit down with a drink and
something to eat, craft yourself (or a young one if you have one at home) a little something, get a temporary Scottish
tattoo, dress up or simply wander in and out of the rooms of the largest Museum in the UK outside of London.
The only downside is that the night is too short to fit everything in and we miss the chance to take in the Jacobite exhibition
which is part of your ticket price (instead of the usual £10) making the evening even more of a bargain (just make sure you
take the opportunity to look in time).
A lovely evening, something very different to most other Fringe experiences and certainly something worth trying if you get
National Museum of Scotland (Venue 179)
Friday 10th August