The Royal Mile, for those who don't know, is a main street through the city (it leads to the castle) and during the festival it is filled with perfromers flyering for shows, audience members looking for entertainment, buskers making a well earned buck, mini stages with people pitching acts, vendors of fancy hats.... and so on. It is a magical and unique place that exists no where else. Everyone is excited because if you are not having a good day that is probably not the place that you want to go. Everyone is energized - at least they are now but it's only day one. Everyone is talented - EVERYONE!
We spent some time inviting people to the show on The Royal Mile. Then we ate some delicious baked potatoes from a place called The Baked Potato. Actually we had three because we couldn't decide which to get. That was probably a bad decision because we were really full after.
As we walked towards our venue (The Turret at The Gilded Balloon) for our official opening night performance it really hit us that we were doing something special. Something that not everyone gets the opportunity to do, and that we might puke from over stimulation because there is SOOOOOO much going on around us.
We performed to a warm and wonderful crowd of people that we had never met before. For the first time in a long time there was not one person in the audience that we were friends with or who had heard of us before. It was almost a totally full house and they were so warm and full of love. The lady that rolled up a cigarette for Morro even said that she was beautiful, which is pretty nice because the goth makeup doesn't necessarly appeal to everyone. It was AWESOME!!!!
We celebrated by flyering some more, and then going to perform at a late night cabaret called Pollyanna Live. It was wild and super fun - kinda like Lunacy Cabaret in TO. The we had a bedtime snack of fish and chips with mushy peas. Mushy peas look a lot like wasabi but they are not spicy. They are perfect for squishing through your teeth.