I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Edinburgh’s Royal Mile has been transformed! Normally you can find two or three buskers up near the castle but for the next three weeks you’ll see dozens and dozens, each one more wild than the next!
Of course I had heard of the Fringe Festival before, but I really didn’t know much about it. Once opening day grew closer and we started seeing the performers popping up around town I was a little bit confused about exactly how you’re supposed to participate. It seemed so overwhelming with just too much going on.
We quickly learned that you just need your feet and an open mind. As you arrive on the mile you’ll see all of the above, and you’ll be handed flyers by every other person on the street. Some of the performers are truly buskers who’s only gig is to gather a crowd on the street and do their thing for tips. They are by far the best value. Most of the street performers have a true talent, and all they ask is for two or three pounds as a thanks for their efforts. I paid that for a cup of coffee, and had no problem tossing it into their hats. Most of the costumed buskers who’s only schtick was to stand (or sit) nicely for photos got 50 pence, or maybe a pound. If you go, bring a pocket full of coins. You’ll need them to toss into the hats, bowls and boxes, and you’ll wish you brought more.
The rest are previews trying to draw your attention so they can invite you to come see their paid show at one of the local venues nearby. All of the venues are within walking distance, and most shows cost between five and ten pounds. If you’re interested in a show, make sure to ask the flyer guy (or girl, or alien) about discount tickets. Most seem to have a two for one deal if you ask, or a secret password to get in half price.
We spent the first hour or so yesterday gathering flyers and gawking at everyone, then we sat down for lunch and sorted through those flyers to choose who we wanted to see. Two kebabs and a pint of beer later and we were on our way to see The Medicine Show. (See the photo up at the top of this post of the couple with the black and white painted faces? That’s them.)
We got lost looking for the venue and popped into a local shop to ask for directions. Not only did we get directions from two very nice ladies, they also gave us the two for one password. Score!
We saw a one hour very odd but very entertaining show for seven pounds. It was so worth it! Especially when Brian got pulled up on the stage and got to be part of the show. He even got a free beer out of it.
What will we see today? We have no idea, but it will be memorable, that’s for sure!
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