Edinburgh – Living in a bubble   16 Aug 2006

Al Pitcher at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

All in all I’ve had three reviews – two four-stars and one three-stars – 11 shows performed and sweated through, my crowd numbers above average.

At the moment in my life all that matters is the above, the bubble, which is the Edinburgh Festival slowly, consumes you and as a performer it then takes you over. It’s a beast up here, its like a tour of duty. Some of your mates can't deal with it, others try and hide and you are constantly fighting your own battle.

The Kiwis are in force up here especially in the festival venues where the hard working, trusted and common sense New Zealander is very sought after. Jarred Christmas, Rhys Darby and myself seem to be making a splash up here but with 1800 shows in a month it can be pretty hard to stand out.

Nakedness seems to be one option. One late night gig allows an act one minute to get up and promote their show if they are starkers. It’s a sight to behold although I find it hard to see an audience member finally deciding to see an adaptation of Macbeth after seeing their shrivelled up member.

It's sometimes a little difficult to know what is a show and what isn’t. A massive protest against the Middle East crisis was thought to be by some a performance of a show.

This is my third solo show and my cynicism is ripe. You do see many dreams shattered up here. Often the ones brought up here by the young actresses who want to show the world that their portrayal of a tree should take them to Hollywood. The raw small of desperation is here and there is still a good fortnight to go.

If you do come up to the festival city (there are also film, arts and international festivals to be had) choose one afternoon, one hour of your life and select the most obscure play or comedy show and be dragged into the wonderful world in which they live in. Also go see a Kiwi. We all need you and through August in Edinburgh we are very needy of you.

Now here is the plug: Al Pitcher Experience at the Tron, 22.30 till Aug 28. See you there.

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