We are very, very lucky this week because we are getting not one, but TWO blogs about TVYT's experience of the Edinburgh Fringe!
The first one is from our very own Eilidh, who is taking her one woman show, A Haggis Queen Abroad, up to Edinburgh from 17th August - 22nd August. The venue is TheSpace Venue 39 soooooooo... if you're up at the Fringe...
CHECK IT OUT
The second will be from our Young Leaders who are having an exciting adventure up at the Fringe this weekend with Kiz and Helen (the crazy fools).
So here is what Eilidh has to say about her build up to Edingburgh Fringe 2015!!!
These are just some of the delightful questions that have been buzzing around in my head for the last 6 months as I have developed my first-ever solo show, for my first-ever performance at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Producing your own work is even harder! All the fun stuff of making a show has to be balanced out by forms and applications and emails and To-Do Lists and publicity and insurance and fire-proofing props and, oh yeah, learning 50 minutes of material (yikes!)…
And then, when you have created your own show, and you have somehow managed to convince an audience to come and see your own show, you realize that performing your own show is possibly the scariest thing you’ve ever done!
And then you perform it.
And the audience gives you the greatest thing you could ever ask for – a connection.
You get up there and you basically lay yourself open, expecting the worst, and then your audience says “Yes, I’m with you. I feel some of what you feel, I know where you’re coming from.”
And this is why we do this to ourselves.
This is why we get up there: because we have to.
We all have stories and experiences that have made us who we are and that have brought us to this point, and some of us just have to share that on stage.
I think that’s what the TVYT audiences get to see every time they come to one of our shows: they see a piece of theatre that is made real and alive because it brings together the experiences of a group of talented, interesting, creative young people and makes something the audience can’t help but connect to.
This journey has taught me an awful lot up until this point. It has been scary, exciting, and overwhelmingly worthwhile – and that’s before we’ve even got to Edinburgh! I’m so delighted that the TVYT Young Leaders crew are going to be making up the audience for my first show. It makes such a difference having friendly faces out there. Safe travels, you guys, and I’ll look forward to seeing you after the show!
As for the rest of you, I can’t wait to see what stories you share in your next performances!
Keep creating – you have to!
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