And just like that, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021 is over!
We couldn’t have asked for a better return to live performance – it’s been such a delight to safely welcome audiences back into the Scottish Storytelling Centre this August, and the feedback we’ve had from performers and ticket buyers has been truly heartwarming.
A big thank you to all of our front of house and venue staff, audience members and performers for an incredible month!
This morning we are doing a shoutout to @ScotStoryCentre who have been an amazing support to us&to their FOH team who are doing a stellar job of looking after our audiences. It’s a mammoth task to adapt to this years #edfringe &we are so grateful to everyone in the building. 🙌🏼⚡️ pic.twitter.com/cEThob1ELT
— The Thunderstruck Play (@thunderstruckgd) August 15, 2021
What you said…
After 18 long months, we were able to invite back a host of productions to the Netherbow Theatre stage and online – we even managed to present some brand new works such as Paddy the Cope, the story of working class hero Patrick Gallagher:
Never knew the story of shale miner Patrick Gallagher until tonight. So much shared history. John McColl, as the man himself, is a consummate story teller, earning a standing ovation having brought history to life.
Catch Paddy the Cope at @ScotStoryCentre.#EdFringe pic.twitter.com/89dELVGxPZ
— Líam Rudden (@LiamRudden) August 16, 2021
We also welcomed back some familiar Fringe faces, like Thunderstruck – the award-winning theatrical love-letter to sadly deceased bagpiper Gordon Duncan – which, unsurprisingly, was a big hit:
— Tom Freeman (@tomwfreeman) August 15, 2021
“The strength of the emotion in this was palpable, with the reluctance of the audience to leave at the end, crying out for more, a clear indication that Colvin and the magic of the pipes had woven a spell over us all.”
– Edinburgh Guide, Thunderstruck
Struck dumb by @thunderstruckgd. Amazing, great storytelling, and band. First time back in a proper theatre and it totes made me tear up.
— Kate Taylor (@katietedin) August 19, 2021
We were very happy to welcome back 2018 Fringe performance Is This A Dagger? The one-man adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
“This is a truly world class piece of storytelling” *****
– The Scotsman, Is This A Dagger?
— David Colvin 🏴 (@DavidPColvin) August 16, 2021
And Miss Lindsay’s Secret, the story tracing the Glenesk hills to the Canadian Klondyke goldrush:
@missLindsayshow is a love story across 10 years & 2 continents. It charms us; saddens us; and makes us think about migration & those waiting at home. Well paced with a great central performance & a wonderful sense of place. The music is spirited & evocative. A Fringe highlight.
— Graeme King (@GraemeKing13) August 23, 2021
…not to mention the immensely popular Friday night Loud Poets sessions:
WHAT A WEEKEND!
First, Friday night was tremendous! Thank you so much to @janetteayachi, @SGrantCreative, & @kevoutloud for your enthralling performances, to @MarkGallie_ for expert hosting, and to both of our wonderful audiences! #edfringe #edfringe2021 pic.twitter.com/0IEIE92QQk
— I Am Loud (@IAmLoudPro) August 29, 2021
“This is what Edinburgh has been missing – an accepting space for everyone that broadens the reach of spoken word and allows for an approachable entrance into the artform.” **** – The Skinny, Loud Poets
And some of you just said some downright wholesome things…
Also, how fab to be back in the @ScotStoryCentre – one of my favourite places anywhere ever.
— Dr Debbie Cannon (@DebsCa) August 11, 2021
Thank you once again for a fantastic month. Stay tuned for news in the coming weeks about the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, but in the meantime feel free to pop into the Storytelling Centre and say hi!