Sunday was the big international 'Industry Brunch' where we schmoozed and tried to win over the hearts of international presenters by looking deep into their eyes and sending subliminal messages about how they need us in their lives. Clown love.
Afterwards, we were super hungry and went to the Assembly courtyard which was a like a hippie commune with lounging bodies strewn about all over because it was a sunny day (there is only one or two of those a year in Edinburgh so everyone comes out to play). There are a plethora of food trucks in the garden so we went to the Alpine dumpling place that makes vegetarian dumplings. They also gave us free strudel which was so delicious and smothered in cream and sprinkled with icing sugar. It was a windy day so the sugar was soon all over Morro's face and it looked like we had just performed Go Bake Yourself.
That night we had a dream audience that included some people that we met at the Industry brunch so maybe our subliminal messaging is working. We also got to meet The Boy with Tape on his Face and saw AFVS that had so many stars in the lineup including our friend Puddles and Lili la Scala, who is so glittery and wonderful. We had pizza with them afterwards and it was kind of like we were the little sisters that got to tag along with the cool older crowd because they have been doing Edinburgh Fringe for nine years.
On Monday morning our producer Derrick arrived, so we took him to Kilimanjaro for a welcome brunch. After our afternoon/evening of emails, flyering and performing the show we met up with the brilliant and hilarious Rosamund Small, who is in town visiting family and seeing shows. We had Thai food with her and fun laughs at a restaurant where the bathroom looks like a dungeon prison cell.
Later that night, we saw The Boy With Tape On His Face perform his X-Mas special show and it was magical. He makes a big mess on stage, just like we do in our shows, so we are pretty sure that we are soul mates and will be good friends from now on.
On Tuesday we performed again on the Royal Mile. Lots of people watched us performed and one man who had also come to see our show asked for our autograph afterwards. We stayed there for a while and flyered people, and dogs even (shar peis to be exact). Jasp danced with a statue who made her cry because he was so beautiful and gave her a flower. We made some videos - during which people gathered around and watched which was funny because we were not even trying to flyer but it worked. After three hours, we decided it was time for a break and got some delicious bubble tea before heading off to our show.
After the show (which was magically wonderful) we rushed home later for a flatmates b-day party at which we had delicious cake. Jasp realized that she left her show dress at theatre and had to rush back to find it. It wasn't in the bathroom where she thought it was and the theatre door was locked so after much stress and searching for people to help, a technician finally let her in and her dress was there - Thank goodness. To celebrate she did a shot of tequila with Peta, one of our favourite new friends.
Wednesday (yesterday) we walked around New Town which was a whole other festival - not actually but it feels like it. We got to see our name in big glowing LED lights on the tix booth sign. The booth is like TO TIX or TKTS in NY or London but for the fringe and it says Virgin. We met a person on the street who wanted a selfie then he turned out to be a presenter from India who wants to see our show - you just never know who you will meet here.
After our show we ran home to get our uke, witnessed a dance party on the street, did some busking under a bridge, and then performed at Pollyanna Cabaret (they had us back again). It was super fun and edgy because it was at a super cool bar and the host, Pollyfilla, is awesome-sauce.
Today we have meetings and are equipped with rain gear and love. The days are going so fast and the weather and our moods are changing by the minute. So soon we will be home and it will all be a distant memory, but for now we still have so much to take in. Soaking up the moments...