We’re Pure S.H.I.T.E. For One Week Only

We’re mainly S.H.I.T. but for one week only this summer, we’re pure dead S.H.I.T.E.

That’s right, we’ve escaped the Big Smoke and are now So Happy In Town Edinburgh – not only one of the best cities in the world (I may be biased seeing as it’s where I’m from) but also host to the largest arts festival In the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

For three weeks every August, Auld Reekie becomes a buzz of creative energy with over 3000 shows from all over the world coming to perform their hearts out, and thousands of global visitors descending upon the city.

History

This year is the Fringe’s 70th anniversary.

Back in 1947 eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh International Festival – an initiative created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the Second World War.

Not being part of the official programme didn’t stop these eight acts, who went ahead and staged their shows on the fringe of the Festival anyway, and before anyone could say ‘Awa’ an bile yer heids’The Fringe was born.

Performers

Since these spontaneous artistes said ‘Get Tae‘ to the establishment 70 years ago, thousands have followed in their footsteps and have come to the city to produce art of every genre.

The beauty of The Fringe is that there are no rules. Anybody and everybody is welcome. Student theatre groups rub shoulders with TV celebs and every venue imaginable in Edinburgh is taken over – churches, pubs, schools, university premises, alleyways, public parks, and more established theatres.

The comedy section is the largest, with many household names getting their big break here. Billy Connelly, Russell Brand and Steve Coogan are just a few of the famous names who first got noticed in the capital, as well as actors such as Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. Many established stars have also been drawn to the event such as Richard Burton, Marlene Dietrich and Robin Williams, to name but a few.

This year the eclectic line up includes John Bishop, Irvine Welsh, Alexei Sayle, Judy Murray and BGT’s winner, Tokio Myers.

My absolute favourite this year has been the Irish comedian, Jason Byrne, who’s performing every night at the Assembly Hall. I literally cried with laughter for the entire show – I’ve seen quite a few big name comedians but nobody as brilliantly funny as Mr Byrne. He’s taking his tour, The Man with Three Brains, all over the UK from October, so if you get the chance to see him live, don’t miss it.

A view of Princes Street looking on to the Scott Monument in the city centre 

The Streets

Millions flock to enjoy the abundance of acts on offer. The energy on the streets of Edinburgh is buzzing and it’s extra special when you’re surrounded by the beautiful architecture of The Royal Mile, the Scott Monument, St Giles’ Cathedral, the Scottish National Gallery (the list is endless) and all to the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The views are pure braw. 

You stumble across fantastic street performers at every corner. I found myself fascinated by a levitating Yoda. I still believe he was properly flying, but my pals just looked at me and told me to stop being an eejit

Bairns

This lovely laddie kept us entertained as we queued to see a show on The Mound

There are lots of shows for the bairns to go and see too, as well as loads of entertainment for them in the streets alone. But as always, if taking the wainsgo with realistic expectations of the world being about to end after three seconds of venturing out the front door due to a lack of snacks, drinks, too hot, too cold, are we nearly there yet and when are we going to see Mickey Mouse?

It’s a long day ahead when they realise they’re on the wrong holiday and Mickey is nowhere to be seen. Just lots of radges wearing See You Jimmy hats and Saltire catsuits.

Food

Remember, of course, that us Sweaty Socks do indeed live on deep fried Mars Bars and pints of Tennents. But luckily for all you non Scots, there’s all kinds of well tidy scran on offer in our capital city, so you won’t starve.

Although you can get all types of cuisine, you must try some traditional Scottish dishes. Haggis may be offal in a sheep’s stomach but don’t be put off by that, it’s mighty tasty, I assure you.

Also, don’t be put off by the fact that many of our native culinary delights sound like something you might pick up in a Medieval brothel – cock-a-leekie soup, cullen skink, bridies, Partan Bree, Skirlie and Crappit Heid. Try to get over the names, and you’ll find most of them delicious.

And you cannot leave before visiting a Scottish chippie where your chips will be doused in salt n’ sauce and you can witness the world’s favourite food, pizza, be ruined. By deep frying it. Along with the Mars Bars. Nice.

Mustn’t forget our traditional orange fizzy juice, Irn Bru. It’ll put hairs on your chest and is an excellent hangover cure if you were reekin‘ the night before.

People

Everyone is friendly during festival time as the arts brings people from all over the world together. There’s a common feeling of excitement and joy.

And the people of Edinburgh welcome the world to their city.

In my eyes, nothing beats the people of Scotland for their humour, warmth, solidarity and love of everyone else’s crap impressions of Sean Connery.

We’re a nation so proud of our heritage and history, and there’s a lot to be proud of – The Big Yin, the Loch Ness Monster, Andy Murray, Braveheart (though the film’s entirely inaccurate, we still like it), the ability to drink most under the table, Sheena Easton, men wearing kilts with NO PANTS, we buy more Buckfast than anyone else, we invented golf, in fact we invented penicillin, road tarmac, the pedal bicycle, the telephone, PIN numbers, postcards, Encyclopaedia Brittanica, the television and the list goes on. You’re welcome.

And so, we are certainly pure dead S.H.I.T.E. this week and loving every minute. It’s totally barry. And the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an experience not to be missed.

Haste ye back, as we say. 

Scottish to English translation

Auld Reekie – Edinburgh

Awa’ an bile yer heid – Get lost

Get Tae – Get lost

braw – beautiful

radge (n) – a crazy person

eejit – idiot

bairns – children

wains – children

well tidy scran – very good food

reekin‘ – very drunk

barry – wonderful

Haste ye back – Come Back Soon

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 4th – 28th August 2017, and for 3 weeks every August. For more information click here.

 

 

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13 Comments

  1. Dev
    August 9, 2017 / 10:37 am

    shite!!!!!! funny!!!!!

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      August 13, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      glad you like my shite Dev!

  2. aimz18
    August 13, 2017 / 5:50 am

    I wish I lived closer so I could go to fringe, it looks amazing #kcacols

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      August 13, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      It really is fantastic, well worth a visit if you’re ever up that way. Thx for reading x

  3. August 14, 2017 / 11:29 am

    That sounds like a great festival! Our city hosts a festival of street performers every summer and it is always a ton of fun. Yours sounds a lot more involved, but bringing people together with entertainment is always a good time.
    ~Jess
    #GlobalBlogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      August 15, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      That’s one of the best things about festivals, everyone comes together for the love of culture and arts. Thx for reading x

  4. August 14, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Oh I love the festival. I did 4-5 shows a day and I loved going to Shaken not Stirred in the evening, a live much and dance experience. The comedians are fab and I love discovering new writing. The best time to go is at the start when there are so many 2for1 deals. #BigPinkLink

  5. August 14, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Oh I just LOVE Edinburgh. We’ve never been with the kids but we definitely will when they’re old enough to enjoy the castle, etc. #anythinggoes

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      August 15, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      It’s easier for us as that’s where my parents still live, so the kids obviously come too but it’s only now that my elder two can appreciate things like the castle. I am biased, but it is the most beautiful city. Thx for commenting x

  6. aliduke79hotmailcom
    August 14, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I have always wanted to go to the Fringe. Hopefully one way I will get there.
    #KCACOLS

  7. August 15, 2017 / 12:18 am

    Have wanted to visit so many times and really must put it on my bucket list

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      August 15, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      It’s fab, really worth a visit. We had a really great time enjoying everything this amazing city has to offer during the Festival. Testing at times with the children, but worth it! Thx for reading and commenting x

  8. August 15, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Edinburgh seems to have gotten very popular over the last few years, I have loads of friends visit this year and one even relocated to teach there! Thanks for linking up with #kcacols hope you can join us next time 🙂

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