We're finally back in Düsseldorf after an incredible few weeks performing at the Reading Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Let's just say, it's been a bit of an adventure!
Our show in Reading provided the perfect kickstart to our Fringe adventures. In particular we were extremely pleased to perform alongside a group of Düsseldorf artists participating in the Fringe in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the official twinning of Reading and Düsseldorf. In venues ranging from bars to black boxes to churches, the city of Reading played host to a wonderful selection of performances. Performing in Reading is always such a pleasure - due in no small part to the incredible support and hospitality shown by the Fringe team. We were continually humbled by the amazing lengths the volunteers went to, to make each show a success.
From Reading we embarked on a planes, trains and automobiles adventure to get to Edinburgh!
It's hard to put into (concise) words what it's like to take a show to Edinburgh Festival Fringe. But perhaps the numbers help to give some sort of context. This year's Fringe featured 3,548 shows and 56,796 performances. It's the largest arts festival in the world and being in the midst of it all is both daunting and overwhelming as well as being exciting, inspiring and incredibly rewarding.
From day one it was pretty clear that we'd made an excellent choice with our theatre space. Greenside Venues promote a hashtag on social media of #Greensidefamily and this proved to be more than just clever branding. We received incredible support from all of the Greenside team who went out of their way to make our time there a success. We also had the chance to see a number of shows by fellow Greenside performers - many of which were truly amazing. We felt incredibly privileged to have had the chance to see them and to learn from their creativity.
We were really touched by the response to our shows both at the Reading Fringe Festival and in Edinburgh. We had some incredible conversations with audience members after the performances about how the themes had really touched them. It was such a gratifying experience to see that people were really connecting with what we were trying to convey. Despite having braced ourselves for low audience turnout in Edinburgh - you are told to be prepared for audiences of 6 and under! - we consistently ran at 50-75% capacity, which was fantastic.
It was such a privilege to have been able to have been a part of these two amazing Festivals. Edinburgh in particular felt a bit like two weeks of theatre boot camp! It was an experience that honed all of our skills from performing to marketing to stagecraft and we all feel better for the opportunity.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported us including Kabawil e.W, Stahlwerk and the amazing teams in Reading and Edinburgh. And a massive vote of thanks to all of our friends and family who really are the most wonderful cheer squad. You helped us no end - especially on those days when we wanted to pack up our flyers and go home!
So now we're back in Düsseldorf, catching up on some sleep and making plans for upcoming shows, and maybe, perhaps another Fringe in the not too distant future...