Not the last night of Fringe 2020

The last night of the Fringe, the final push. No matter that so many venues have already closed a day or two earlier, it’s not over til the Pleasance and Gilded Balloon close the bars! Years ago Bud and I got serious on the importance of a great final night, no random show would be the last memory of our Fringe.

Over the years last shows included Otis Lee Crenshaw (three times), Rich Hall, Adam Hills, the Penny Dreadfuls (twice, and Humphrey Ker’s solo show), the Les Clöchards, then in 2013 we met Will Seaward and a new tradition was born. Alas last year he didn’t do the final night (I know, how very dare he!!), his last night was the Sunday, what ever was I to do!? Never fear, his fellow Rouletteers were keeping on to the bitter end, and a fine job they did too. Stupendous!

Interestingly, if Covid hadn’t come along this year, I would have had to start a new game of Who’s Last? See last year was the last of Will’s Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories at the Fringe. Sure, shows, companies, faces come and go, I know that. I do hope my favourite faces make it back again or are at least still being creative wherever they may be in 2021.

Oh, and there’s been the Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks on the final Monday for the last five years. Since they moved to the final Monday I stopped going to watch them in Princes Street Gardens, instead I wander down The Mound to catch a part of it, then I’m off to Fringe again.

I shall leave you with a few pics from last nights at the Fringe…

20180827_220059Something’s afoot at the Castle

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The dark truth of the Fringe……


….sweat and tears, is what some performers take away with them after an August in Edinburgh!


I ❤ Manchester

Just thought I should say a few words about the terrible atrocity earlier this week. My heart goes out to all the people affected by this, all those for whom this was their first concert, all the parents who will now worry even more. So many will be hit by the emotional shrapnel of this bomb.

Manchester is a great city, full of lovely friendly people, who will not be cowed by this and, as has been seen in the press, will rally round with that defiant, bolshy northern spirit that will always prevail. Adam Hills was spot on, as usual, on The Last Leg, maybe as an Aussie he can view how the British react with a slight distance.

When something like this happens I wonder how many will subconsciously become wary of crowded areas, how many may always be wary of attending events? Edinburgh in August will be packed with peoples of many nations and religions celebrating the arts in all forms. I hope people will feel able to come and enjoy themselves, though we may all have a slight wariness. After all, if a pop concert full of young people is not offlimits, then ??? I shudder to think.

I ❤ Manchester,  I ❤ life.