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Brunch, one of your 5 a day. I had pancakes and maple syrup with some equally sweet people. This was followed by an early afternoon show, a male acapella group called Out Of The Blue. Then a moderately boring afternoon that involved editing and emails.
The day began calm sitting in a coffee shop in the morning, preparing my agenda. Something to note is that this day was sunny AF. First job was over towards Haymarket for a junket with a radio station with a bunch of comedians. It was fun and went well, but I had to leave early to catch a show at three. Giving myself just enough time to get to the venue, I was on my way when I realised that I had left my press pass back with the radio station guys, I couldn't miss this show so I arranged for them to drop it off with me later. I ran to the venue for 3. Made it. Sat Down as the show started, left as soon as it finished to collect my pass and get ready for the imminent interview after it. I ended up having to run to the interview, my interviewees had already arrived and my plan of being there ready for them was out the window. I made my excuses/ apologies and we ended up having a great chat, even though I was stressed underneeth!
First day off from the TV show and getting through my emails for shows. A mostly admin day boringly. The only exciting thing was running across town to pick up a press ticket on time, I got there...It did not exist. An admin error, it was fine and can happen sometimes. The best bit was the people in the press office saying "we're sorry, do you fancy seeing something just now anyway? There's a play on about rape?" A bizarre exchange. I went for lunch instead.
This city is a pretty place, however i'd happily stand up and argue that it's at it's most sexy at 8:30 AM any day in August. I know this because that was my call time for our last day of filming. A morning interview followed by a morning show, lunch and a stop off in one of the most beautiful theatres in Edinburgh. (That I can't name but you'll find out if you watch BBC 2 at 9PM on the 26th) We wrapped around about 5PM which allowed me time for dinner and a show. First stop for me this Fringe was Max & Ivan: The Reunion . It was a lot of fun, I know them from their Radio 4 Series and was not disappointed. Boringly because the last few days had been so hectic I went back to my lodgings for the night after that, not before I bumped into a flyer-er who just said 'take the fu**ing thing'.
A unique approach to flyering.
"What have you seen so far?" I have been asked that a good 300 times today and because of filming i've seen snippets of shows but I have yet to actually sit through a full one. Part of today's excursions involved being in a toilet, getting hounded on the Royal Mile and running around the city looking for a specific poster. (My vagueness is deliberate )
It's way too quiet, and clean. I ventured here on the opening day of the festival to collect passes* and start work on one of my many Festival related jobs. This one is a TV show, that I can't say much about BUT the press release says: "In an hour long special on BBC Two, Festival Tales: Edinburgh at 70, comedian and actor Jack Whitehall explores seven decades of the Edinburgh Festival." While it was a long day it was a lot of fun.
*I went to collect my media pass and the standard thing to do is send (in advance) a nice picture of yourself, one you're happy to carry around for a month. They didn't get it and had to take my photo there and then with the webcam, so I look tired and demented. Simple mistake? The same thing happened last year.