PR Life at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014
I haven't been Pippa Says in a month. That's the longest I've gone without blogging in the 4 years and 10 months that I've been running this site. Contrary to what it may seem, my lack of blogging isn't because I've stopped being a student with time on my hands and thrown myself in the real world. I've been in Edinburgh, immersing myself in the Fringe.
Admittedly, much of that "immersing" involved working 18 hour days on PR campaigns for several comedians and shows (including Foster's Comedy Awards 'Best Newcomer' winner Alex Edelman and nominee Dane Baptiste.) But I replaced valuable sleep time with drinking wine in exclusive "members" bars - because I'm moving up in the world (well, kind of...)
The thing is, Edinburgh was a bubble - and I wanted to make the most of it before it burst.
So, we have a lot of catching up to do.
This was my first time in Scotland, first time in Edinburgh and first time at the Fringe. Anyone who's been to Edinburgh will not be the slightest bit surprised to read that I spent the majority of the time going on about how beautiful the place is. Although anyone who follows me on instagram can probably figure out that I was mesmerised by the place.
I was in Edinburgh for exactly four weeks, experiencing the fast-paced lifestyle, the anticipation of the Foster's Comedy Awards, the endless string of parties and, of course, being surrounded by phenomenal talent. I spent over 80 hours in shows but I barely made a dent in the grand scheme of the Fringe.
There were over 3,000 shows this year, which is a fairly unsurprising statistic considering the amount of flierers that were shouting/singing/miming/walking on stilts/jumping ferociously to entice you to shows.
The Fringe was a world of its own. A giant upside down purple cow in the middle of Bristo Square was the norm. As was the fact that 35% of the population were wearing face paint, groups of people roamed the streets carrying signs with words like 'Against Nothingness' and days ended at 5am.
So You Think You're Funny? Party with Elf Lyons
The Royal Mile: I didn't spend a lot of time on this famous street, but you can't write an Ed Fringe post without it!
The Gilded Balloon: My second home.
Pleasance Courtyard: The place where stars are born - and where they drink.
Assembly George Square: This got a lot busier towards the end, but it was nice to take 5 minutes out sat on those steps (when it wasn't raining).
Filming with Alex Edelman: This is a teeny insight into what I was doing in Edinburgh. Alex went on to win 'Best Newcomer' at the Foster's Comedy Awards.
My Fringe rock, Beth: I lived with her, worked with her, drank with her and have been reminiscing with her ever since.
We were just so sad to leave.
Will I go back next year? Hell yeah!
But I'll pack a few more jackets.