Here We Go Again

Monday morning. 8am. I’m on the train out of Kings Cross. I resisted the urge to get on a platform 9 & 3/4 and instead took the normal train to Edinburgh rather than the Hogwarts Express. As I look out the window I can see London looming into life, I’ve just chugged past the closest station to my house, annoying me in the process and now for the next 4 hours or so I have my macbook pro to keep me company, a copy of a book I’ve been trying to finish for the last few months and the Fringe programme to continue to memorise. So it begins once more.

The last time I took a show to Edinburgh was two years ago, it was Mind Over Patter. The show was wonderfully received and it was a show I was really happy with and proud of. I got two years worth of tours out of it, took it to New Zealand and will still perform it now and again. The worry with returning to Edinburgh for this my fifth year is simple… am I still any good? Do people want to see me? Will people like my show. It’s the tough side of being a performer. One must hope that by continuing to do what I think audiences will like, they will continue to just that. Like them.

Edinburgh is a tough, hard, stressful month, but when everything goes right and people like the show it’s a joy, when the show is half full on a rainy Tuesday, it’s less fun. As usual I’ll be attempting to not read reviews, they do no good for your ego be they good or bad. I’ll get stuff fed back to me, and I’ll simply concentrate on making the show as good as it can be. Of course one of the biggest frustrations comes out of knowing that towards the end of the month the show will be on fine, sexy form, having been changed, bedded in and performed nightly. Reviewers come near the beginning of the run, when the show is taking it’s first childlike steps hoping it can stay up and trying it’s best not to fall down.

Flick, my lovely PR lady asked me if I wanted reviewers in during the previews. it’s a tough question. Part of you wants people to come in as early as possible, the quicker the review is out the more people know about your show, part of you only wants them when the show is good. With a magic show it takes a lot of changes in each venue to make sure it works perfectly.. so I’m holding back on letting reviewers in for a bit. The best reviews though are those based on word of mouth. So if I see a show I love I tell people about it, and I hope if the audience love my show, they’ll tell a few friends who’ll buy some tickets.

So all my props are already in Edinburgh, the lovely Giles took a van full of my stuff up on Friday, and now I look out across the countryside, marvelling and how quickly London vanishes into the smog and how the green and pleasant land we call home appears in it’s lush splendour. I sip on my complimentary cup of tea (gotta love first class, especially when it cost less than standard), I pull out my fringe programme and I continue to memorise. See you in Edinburgh friends.

Chris x

Less Than A Week To Go

Well it’s just under a week till my first Edinburgh show, which is Fatal Distraction, 7.10 at the Pleasance Dome tickets available now, just in case you didn’t know.

My current schedule is like this, tomorrow morning, all my props go up to Edinburgh. There are a lot of them, there’s a big set, there are lots of boxes. I have lots still to sort through and pack. On Monday I get the train up to Edinburgh and arrive around 12ish, this gives me an hour to get across town and go into my venue to tech the show, set up the set, make sure it’s all going to work, plot the fancy fancy lights and try work out how we’re going to set the show up and pack it down in under 20 minutes every day. Then I have a day off before starting the first official show, which is a preview. So it’s all a bit stressy at the moment.

My last London preview went well, but the show isn’t quite there yet. It’s one of those shows that’ll really bed in by performing it night after night, all the little nuances I forget will hammer home and become second nature. This is the part of Edinburgh I hate. I know after a week of shows it’ll be brilliant, I just want it to be brilliant now.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Chris x

Are You Ready For This?

Are you ready for this?

Well are you? I’m not, well not yet anyway. Oh and by this I specifically mean the Edinburgh Fringe.

Hi by the way, I’m Chris. You might remember me from blogging a few years ago, I didn’t blog last year as I had a year off Edinburgh. What? Oh yes it was a lovely year off thanks. You’re right, I am back this year with my new show Fatal Distraction, it’s on at the Pleasance Dome at 7.10 since you asked.

So yes this will be my fifth Edinburgh show, another hour of brand new unique and exciting material. I’ll still be pretending to read minds but this year I’ve got a narrative, a story, a set, a designer, and some nice lights. I’m also doing an actual magic trick. Am I ready for it? No, not really… I thought we’d covered this on the first sentence.

The show is almost ready I suppose, the previews are going well, everything seems to be working, I’m almost remembering the words, so those things are plus points. I’m ill today, I’ve a throat infection so I can’t really do any rehearsals, instead I’m mainly sitting down and relaxing and writing this blog.

In fact my head is now hurting so I am going to have a little lie down. But I promise to blog during Edinburgh about all the exciting things I get up to, how you go about putting a show on and all that stuff.

Till then,

C x