Karen Koren: Lost in transition, but back for more

Scots actor Gavin Mitchell. Picture:  Robert Perry

Scots actor Gavin Mitchell. Picture: Robert Perry

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Still reeling from my journey back from Melbourne. Emirates, a great airline, managed to not send my bags through. The incoming flight was a couple of hours delayed at Melbourne which left us only 20 minutes in Dubai to get the connecting flight to Glasgow.

Dubai airport, is massive, all shiny glass and chrome with high escalators. It feels like how we imagined the future to be when we were kids, like the Fritz Laing film Metropolis - not that I was born when it was made! The point being that Dubai airport is pretty soulless and easy to get lost in.

I am pleased to be back, though without my laptop which is in the baggage, which has yet to arrive. You do not realise how dependent we are on such things, until you do not have them.

I am looking forward to settling into all the things that are happening now, including a show on Saturday at That’s Fife! The Fife Comedy Festival, with Grant Stott, Fred Macaulay, Scott Agnew and Paul Sneddon.

It is on at Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline and is the culmination of two weeks of comedy shows in Fife. This is a comedy festival that the Gilded Balloon is looking forward to contributing to in the future.

Also on Sunday we have a preview of Casablanca The Gin Joint Cut at the Pleasance Theatre before it goes to Paris for a two-week run. If you fancy April in Paris it is on at the beautiful Dejazet Theatre, one of the oldest in Paris. It has been invited by Jim Haynes, founder of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Jim loved the show so much when he saw it at the Gilded Balloon during the Festival a couple of years ago that he has been trying to get it to Paris ever since.

Very exciting for the cast, who include the lovely Gavin Mitchell.