Friday 19th August

Friday, 19 August 2011

Arthur's Seat. We took a picnic up there last week and watched the sunset :)

So this is a little check in, I'm still in Edinburgh, still in a little bubble away from the real world. It's so bizarre, whilst people were rioting in London and other cities Edinburgh was just blissfully unaware, or so it seemed. It honestly took about 3 days for news of the outside world to reach me. I still don't really understand what happened or why, it's probably one of those things that is hard to get your head around after it's happened, but I hope everyone in the affected areas is ok. 

Meanwhile, up in good old Scotland (rainy as ever, of course) I've basically been in a routine of: get up, eat, go out and hand out flyers, eat, do the show, drink & eat, sleep. Obviously fuelled with much caffeine! It's fun, but exhausting and repetitive, not to mention cramped. The play is still going well, we've had a couple of good reviews, one from ThreeWeeks which I'm really happy about. We think the Scotsman was in last night too so fingers crossed for a good review from them! Also, the playwright, David Greig came to see it the other night because he has two other shows on here at the moment. Obviously we were all really nervous and excited because the play is so great we wanted to do it justice. Thankfully the audience was full and they were really enjoying it and the cast were all brilliant, probably because they had so much nervous energy! After the show we went down to the bar and he bought us all a drink and stayed chatting with us for quite a while and told us how much he enjoyed it! We were all so pleased, if we've impressed David Greig then we're happy! Just waiting for some more reviews to come out now, and in the meantime trying to get audiences in!

My mum is visiting next week, which is exciting! I'm trying to write a list of all the things she should see because there's so much to choose from! I'm hoping we get time to do a bit of shopping too because Edinburgh has sooo many great shops, but I haven't had a chance to go anywhere yet. 

Anyway, I better go now. Thanks for reading, sorry it's not very interesting at the moment!

Thursday 11th August

Thursday, 11 August 2011

This is a picture from the top of the Empire State Building, it was about 40 degrees at the time. New York was great, we did loads of stuff in Manhattan and Brooklyn. One of my favourite things though was the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum. I had to queue for about an hour and a half but it was so worth it. I had an audio guide which described loads of the shows as I walked around and had interviews with people who knew him well. The clothes were just amazing, and it was presented throughout a series of rooms, with lights, multimedia and a soundtrack which made it really atmospheric. You can't take pictures inside otherwise I would have to show you a few of my favourite bits but I did buy a set of postcards with some great images on the front. 

New York was really great, we had some really nice meals out, we saw Daniel Radcliffe in 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' (who knew he could sing and dance?!) and did some sightseeing and shopping around the city. The weather was crazy though, it was so hot the whole time, and because it was the city it was really muggy and uncomfortable heat, but it was still a nice change from the UK. 

Edinburgh, however, is a different story. I've been here for about a week now and it has rained about 60% of the time. On the days where it hasn't rained it's been really warm and sunny but when it rains, it bloody pours! Our show is going really well, although we need some more reviewers to come in. We've had two reviews so far but they were on the first and third nights before we'd really warmed up and got into the swing of it. We got a 3 star review from Broadway Baby and a 4 star review from ThreeWeeks. That's good, but I know we can do better, and the cast are capable of a 5 star review on a good night with a full audience, so I'm hoping for another reviewer soon.

I've seen a few shows so far, a couple bad but most have been really good. I saw some comedy the other night and one of the acts was 'the boy with tape on his face' who does his whole routine with tape on his mouth, so instead of speaking it's lots of physical theatre and audience participation. It was really funny, especially after a couple of drinks!

Sorry for the lack of updates but it's very hard to find time out to do anything here. I'm living in a three bedroom flat (which is damp and cold, nice) with 9 other people for a month so everyone gets pretty cramped and on top of each other. Most of the time we're out of the flat, either advertising 'Yellow Moon' on the mile (we made a massive moon out of wood and painted it) or seeing other shows. And, of course doing our own each night at 7pm. 

In fact, I'm off to see a dance show soon so I better go. Hope you're all well.

Harriet
 
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