Monday, 31 August 2015

Improv Workshop at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having an amazing bank holiday weekend and enjoying every minute of being off work, and to those of you who aren't as an ex retail working I feel your pain! Anyways I was invited through to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last weekend to take part in a blogger improv workshop. However, since The Premier Inn decided to be a doll and put me up for the night I decided to bring the other half along and go and see a few bits and pieces of the festival and take in a few shows. So I thought I'd fill you all in on what we got up to...

I met Lewis straight after work on the Friday to catch the 50 minute train to Edinburgh, although we did stop off at Pintos and Costa to get some food and drinks for the journey! Because we were staying in Leith rather than Edinburgh Central we decided to hop straight into a taxi after getting off the train instead of faffing around trying to get a bus as we both had huge bags to carry and wanted to get to our hotel as soon as possible. When we arrived Sophie had already checked us in so we were straightaway given our key and pointed in the direction of our room, and oh my goodness what a pleasant surprise! I'd always thought of The Premier Inn as a really budget friendly hotel so I thought our room would be very small and basic but it was actually so spacious and comfortable. I could not believe how amazing the bed was and that we even had a bath tub! 

After exploring our new home for the night we got changed into our best friday night clobber and headed off out in search for a bus to town. Luckily enough we didn't even have to wear jackets as the weather was surprisingly warm and dry. Anyways, the first thing we did was headed straight towards the Assembly Hall as Lewis had suggested that we go see John Lennon Through a Glass Onion; a show comprised of John Lennon's memoirs and music. We bought tickets about an hour before the show and headed straight to the bar for some pre show pints! I absolutely love the assembly halls as a venue as the atmosphere is always amazing and I've never been dissappointed in anything I've ever went to see there. I'm afraid we weren't allowed to take pictures at any of the shows we attended so I don't have any to show you but I can confirm it was thoroughly enjoyable and I found myself resisting the urge to stand up and dance the whole way through!

After the show we went for a few quick drinks and then it was straight back to the hotel for a cup of tea and our beauty sleep in preparation for the main event; the improv comedy workshop. If I'm being completely honest I have to admit I was really scared about taking part in the event as I'm not very good at being funny or witty on the spot, but it actually turned out to be one of the highlights of my weekend! We met in the lobby after a huuuuuge breakfast and were driven to a suite in another hotel. At first everyone shuffled nervously in their seats and awkwardly stared at the floor; Lewis even tried to get out of taking part! But forty five minutes later and we were all acting out short scenes together, being silly, and most of all LAUGHING. It was so good to be part of something that made everyone feel welcome and comfortable and to work with lots of different people. Its such a good way to relax and build confidence and I'd definitely take part again. If you'd like any information on improv workshops in your area you can check them out here. Thanks so much to the three lovely ladies who led the workshop they were truly amazing (and hilarious)! It was so nice to meet lots of other lovely bloggers too!

After the workshop we were free to go back to exploring the Festival and Lewis and I headed straight for the outdoor beer garden. During the fringe the atmosphere isincredible around Edinburgh and you can find everything on the street from gigs to cocktail bars and street food! After a drink and a quick bite to eat we set off in search of another venue and another show. This time we went to see a play called Edith in the Dark, which was a low key show but still really really good! Again, it was incredibly cheap to go see the only problem was that we had was that the venue was a little away from the town centre. Sadly, after seeing this show we had to head straight home as Lewis had plans so we said our goodbyes to Edinburgh and set off for the train station.

I had such an amazing time at the Fringe this year and for some reason it seemed to be busier than I have ever seen it in the past! I'm so thankful for having been given the opportunity to take part in something so fun and thank you so much to The Premier Inn for putting us up for the night! I'm just a little bit sad that we didn't get to stay a little bit longer, enjoying more shows and seeing a little bit more of what Edinburgh has to offer. I'll definitely be going back next year though!

Have any of you been to the Fringe in Edinburgh this year? What did you do there?


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