Day 1: Thoughts on Shows 1-7

Hal Cruttenden in George Orwell’s Coming up for AirTerri Paddock is the Editorial Director of Whatsonstage.com. She saw 22 shows – and counting – in three-and-a-half days during her trip to Edinburgh at the start of the Fringe festival.

Thanks to a host of IT problems, my online access was crankily intermittent at best and wholly non-existent at worst in Edinburgh. As a result, I’m horribly behind on the blogging front. But I’ll catch up this week with some day-by-day thoughts on the shows I managed to see (and a few I didn’t). Continue reading

Mattress matters, cow-tipping & light sleepers

udderbelly-cow.jpgTerri Paddock is the Editorial Director of Whatsonstage.com. She’s seeing 22 shows – and counting – in three-and-a-half days during her trip to Edinburgh at the start of the Fringe festival.

Because I’m cheap and didn’t want to pay for a hotel – and was frankly too disorganised to book one far enough ahead anyway – I arranged a month or so ago that I’d stay with my director friend Owen Lewis while in Edinburgh. Owen has two shows on the Fringe this year and is staying in digs with two women performers. Was he sure there’d be a spare bed? Yes, he was sure. Continue reading

Better luck than Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones does Edinburgh?I don’t go to Edinburgh every year, but every year I do go, I wish I did. Last year, in a moment of madness, I opted to forgo the Fringe in favour of a romantic getaway to France with my then new boyfriend. By the second day of said French mini-break, I realised that I’d made an exceedingly bad decision – both about the festival and the man. I vowed never to make that mistake again, and certainly not this year (with no boyfriend to stand in the way). Continue reading