And now we enter the final furlong. I ache all over, and I am more tired than I thought possible, but weirdly, I really don’t want to imagine this whole experience coming to a close.
Tomorrow is our final full day of shows. Our last ever Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe, our last ever Snail and the Whale, our lat ever NewsRevue, our last ever Seann Walsh, and our last ever Pete Firman. We don’t finish proper until Monday, with Maurice’s Jubilee. It seems oddly fitting that having dominated the first few days of my time in Beyond, it should also be the last thing to finish. It’s been a hell of a run. Crazy turnarounds, unexpected anomalies, last minute glitches, but the shows have gone on, the people have kept coming, and I think we’ve all done ourselves justice in the hard work we’ve all put in. We’ve had fleeting visits from late night shows; Vive le Cabaret, The Table, The Joy of Sketch, Idiots of Ants and Mark Watson’s Edinborolympics. We had extra shows in our venue; Tim Vine for one night only. All of these shows, the on stage talent, the production managers, the directors, they’ve all given a little something to my fringe experience, and they will probably never know how proud I am to have been a part of it.
Without wanting to blow my own trumpet too much, I walked into this festival under the assumption that, with my skill set, I would find this a relatively straightforward affair. I could not have been more wrong. Technical knowledge accounts for so little of my job, I’m not just a lighting engineer, I’ve been a stage hand, a sound operator, an usher, a front of house crew member, a cleaner, a runner, and so much more. I’ve learned so much this festival, from everyone I’ve met, and it’s been nothing less than a pleasure working with them.
That being said, I’ve had my fair share of lighting fun. I got to program the Idiots of Ants’ show: ANThology, and ran it for 2 nights out of the 3 night run, I ran both Joy of Sketch shows, and I’ve regularly programmed for Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe, and hopefully I’ll be able to get some pictures for my freelance website, they were filming Idiots of Ants, I’m hoping I can get some of the footage!
I think in most respects, I am getting to the point of being ready to come home. This month has been absolutely incredible, it’s another experience that contributes to making me who I am, but I am so tired. I am mentally and physically worn out, the work is hard, the hours are long, and the work is often repetitive after a while, but I’ve still got the break down to do. A whole months’ worth of memories, and experiences, packed into lorries and sent back to storage facilities in London. Edinburgh will get their city back, and East Coast make a fortune as 300 crew head home in various directions.
I have got a very exciting announcement to make soon, I need to confirm a few things, but stay tuned to this blog, I can’t wait to tell you guys <3