I've just had a look through the programme and so far not a lot is grabbing my attention. On my list of shows that I plan to see are the RCS's production of 'Into The Woods' and their 2 original musicals, Ordinary Days (I loved the song Audra McDonald sang from this in her concert) and It Should Have Been You.
I shall wait and see the reviews for further recommendations.
Post by Honoured Guest on Jun 7, 2017 22:32:18 GMT
I used to do that! But on A4 because I have very small writing. And I didn't divide into categories. But my last visit was in 2001. The whole thing is too expensive now, and I also can't cope with seeing loads of stuff one after another.
And many of the shows that I'd gravitate towards (small-scale theatre at the Traverse and Summerhall, etc.) can be seen later in London or on UK tour.
However, I still envy people who go! And think I may return one year, or more, before I die.
This is the first year we aren't going since 2010. Had a quick look at the programme and nothing screams out at me.
Our usual planning involves a thorough trawl through the programme highlighting everything that we are interested in then transferring that onto a spreadsheet. We then narrow down and narrow down, then make a timetable. Edmin, it's a fine art lol.
I've never been! the whole thing has as Honoured Guest points out become prohibitively expensive. I did work on some projects connected to the shows Wales is sending up, and thankfully all are doing previews down here first so I at least get to see them!
I tell myself one day I will either a) blag myself a trip through work of some kind b) actually get organised, save money and book accommodation in advance.
Its not expensive - there are plenty of free fringe shows, you could be there for 2 weeks and never pay for a show and there is plenty of accommodation that isn't that expensive so long as you are willing to put the time into looking for it or are willing to stay outside of Edinburgh itself and commute.
You still have to be able to afford a 2 week holiday, including transport to Edinburgh (on a daily basis as well if you're taking a cheaper outside-the-city option), and my biggest expenditure on holidays is invariably food, even when I'm staying in self-catering. I expect you can do Edinburgh on a frugal budget, but not everyone has that frugal budget available to them in the first place.
duncan I seem to have riled you on every post today haha!
I'm WELL versed on doing a holiday on the cheap, believe me. But for me the a) sheer logistics of it (and the fact that for the past 5 years my work contracts have ended in June/July which mean I spend August either job hunting or starting a new job) means it's just a logistical nightmare.
And for me, frankly I'd prefer to use the 'holiday pot' of time and money elsewhere.
Post by Honoured Guest on Jun 8, 2017 11:26:16 GMT
In the past, 20 to 30 years ago, I'd go for between 4 and 7 days and see at least four shows a day and it works out to cost more per show (with travel, accommodation and food) than it would if I saw them in London (travelling on a budget from Cardiff and being able to spare the extra time it would take).
When Duncan talks about free shows, I assume he's referring to the limited numbers of venues which present shows on a Pay-What-You-Like basis. I think you would have to be a pretty disgusting human being to see this as an invitation to glut yourself on two weeks of theatre and pay nothing. In any case, you'd be excluded from the vast majority of shows which have standard ticketing.
If you relish seeing huge numbers of shows in a limited time, with a very wide choice, in a city festival environment stuffed full of micro-venues (some very large!) and surrounded by what feels like the whole theatre world of practitioners, programmers and enthusiasts, then Edinburgh is for you! Most of the companies are sleeping three to a mattress in Duncan's outside toilet and the like, which are rented out for this purpose at exorbitant ratew for the month.