I was nervous as it was the first day of my show in Edinburgh and I wanted everything to be right. I have made some placards and covered them with book-cover-film to keep the rain off. They look proper good.
At the show there were hiccups of a technical nature. The little telly I had got for the show had got damp and would not work and 5 minutes before the end of the show there was a power cut and all the lights and microphone went off. I went very quiet and thought my first show had ended before its time then realised that I could talk and the people could still hear my jokes in the dark so that was alright. The lights came on again and the people could leave the room – it was a good show.
By the time I went home to the flat it was dark and I got lost end ended up in a place called dynamic earth which is a big white dome. I met some drunken men who were sitting in a corner and told them some jokes. They told how to find my way back to where I was going across some grass and over what I thought was really shiny concrete but was actually water. I have broken my shoes and will need to get some new ones.
On the second day I was on the Royal Mile flyering and Jimeon walked past. When I said ‘Hello Jimeon’ he dropped his golf club that he was carrying, hen picked it up and chatted to me. I do not know Jimeon but thought it was polite to say hello, I would not like to get on the wrong side of a man who carries an iron golf club down the royal mile.
The second show was much better than the first and there is a new joke too. I walked home the right way and found 10p on the ground.
I have arrived in Edinburgh. On the way up the M6 I stopped off at Westmoorland farm shop to get a galloway mince pie and beef growler.
The room I am staying in is a child’s bedroom. There is a large woolly parrot in the corner and a bookshelf with the high school musical annual on it. I have read he annual.
I went to the venue to do a ‘technical’. The room was dark and I put a chair on he stage but we did not need it in the end. I put the map up on the easel, but I have done that before.
Next I paid a visit to the team at Gag Reflex. They are looking after me while I do my show and are very nice. I asked what was for tea, but they don’t do that apparently, but were happy to make me a cup tea. The tea was yorkshire tea so that was good, I had a small chocolate mars from a box of celebrations too.
There is nothing to celebrate yet but the nice girls who were made to sit on the floor were stapling my reviews from Buxton on my flyers, the well mint one’s with the 4 stars on them. One of the bits of paper with the 4 stars on them came off and there was a bit of distress for a moment, but it was over quickly.
I then went to the piemaker for a cornish pasty.
Today I bumped into Lee Fenwick, Seymour Mace, Phil Ellis, Juliet Meyers and Mick Ferry. I shouted at Rob Deering out of a window and ate four savouries.
It is full steam ahead for the Edinburgh Festival in August. You can now buy your tickets from the Just The Tonic website, as well at the Edinburgh Fringe website, and the links on this website will take you there too. Here is the link: http://edinburgh.justthetonic.com/performances.php?eventId=88:48
Danny Pensive’s Map of Britain
Just the Tonic at the Caves – Just Out of the Box
4th-28th August at 5.20pm
There are three dates left to see the preview shows at the Buxton Fringe before the show arrives in Edinburgh. Look forward to seeing you there.