I have reached the last day of my Edinburgh Fringe 2014 run.
My shows on Thursday and Friday were made trickier by still being in the thick of a cold and I wasn’t sure if I had the energy to perform. Then minutes before the show was about to start, the adrenaline and energy drinks kicked-in and the gigs ended up being good fun. On both days, I had a roughly half full room.
Last night, my sister became the first member of my immediate family to see me perform. I was very lucky to have a very vocal Scottish lady in the audience called Anne, who must have been in her mid-60s. She became a big part of the show through being great source of laughs in riffing off and her bizarre interruptions. I then gave her the female lead in my film scene sketch, which was the strangest it has gone so far. She didn’t believe in reading the lines and made her own.
I had another heckler in my audience, who fancied himself as a bit of a wit. But I soon stopped him in his tracks by pointing out that his contributions were about things I had said five minutes previously and what I said was better.
I am sad that I have to finish my show today as I have really enjoyed performing it. I haven’t got bored with it yet, which suggests there is more I can do with it.
On the plus side, I’m feeling much better and have nearly rid myself of this damn cold. I can now correctly identify the days of the Fringe again. Even if today’s show is a disaster, I will still be leaving Edinburgh on a high as the run has gone much better than I ever expected. It will just be a question of the altitude of the high.