Edinburgh 2016 - Peter Pan

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After many rehearsals at the Scout Hut and two performances of Peter Pan to brilliantly supportive audiences, we headed off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on Wednesday 3 August. After our arrival at the Smart City Hostel, cooking group 1 created fajitas for dinner and then we went off to see our first show as a group! 

Thursday was spent booking tickets for shows, visits to the fudge shop and the Christmas shop as well as exploring the Royal Mile before our 2.5 hour tech in our venue - theSpaceonNiddrySt. After the tech, dinner and then the seeing of shows began in earnest!

Friday and Saturday at 12.15 were our preview shows and we had great numbers in our audiences for previews - 57 & 78 respectively! the full run started on Sunday when we had an audience of 91 and then two sold out shows at 102 on the Monday and Tuesday. Our ninth and final show on Saturday 13 August had 97 in the audience! 

Over 14 days the group:

  • flyered every day
  • prepared and cooked meals every day
  • performed 4 times on the street stages on the Royal Mile
  • performed 9 shows to an average audience of 78
  • performed to a total of 702 people (although some people came back more than once!)
  • saw between 16 - 30 shows each (comedy, theatre, musical theatre, cabaret, dance and physical theatre) 
  • had their photographs taken numerous times in costumes.
  • received 5 nominations for the Derek Awards (awarded to young companies) including Best Ensemble, Best Children's Show and 3 Individual performers (Ceri Bailey for Captain Hook, Lorna Steggles for Tinkerbell, Roisin O'Callaghan for Tiger Lily)
  • won the Best Children's Show in the Derek Awards 2016
  • played 123 home on the Royal Mile at midnight 3 times!
  • walked up Arthur's Seat at sunset and sunrise!
  • had so much fun being together and celebrating theatre (seeing the most weird and wonderful!)

Some of the group's favourite shows were:

  • Spring Awakening (Musical originally on Broadway and the West end)
  • Smother (Dance piece fusing urban and contemporary dance focusing on relationships)
  • Bucket List (Devised Physical Theatre and Storytelling of one Mexican woman's fight for justice)
  • Foil, Arms and Hog (Sketch Comedy Trio from Dublin who continually support Flying High)
  • Thrones the Musical (self explanatory)
  • Buzz: A new Musical (Bridget Jones meets the Book of Mormon as stated in the brochure)
  • Adam, Eve and Steve (Musical farce based on the Adam and Eve story where Steve is added)
  • All the King's men (One of many a cappella / vocal groups at the Fringe)
  • The Voice Awakens (A cappella group from Durham University)
  • Measure for Measure (A Shakespeare play with a difference!)

As you can probably see, this year's visit to the Edinburgh Fringe was really successful and plans are underway to prepare for next year. 

Flying High takes a group each year of anyone who is interested aged 16 years and over by August 31 of the year of the visit. The dates for 2017 are Wednesday 4 August - Sunday 13 August. Keep looking for details or email Carrie for further information.