A goat starring in an Edinburgh Fringe production has had to walked across the city streets like a dog after an over-zealous parking attendant ruled the animal’s trailer couldn’t be parked outside.
A jobsworth attendant butted heads with the organisers of Fringe performance Two Thirds Below when he refused to allow the star of the show, a goat called Alexis, to wait in the wings at the Gryphon Venue, Bread Street.
He demanded the trailer they planned to park outside for their run of performances be moved . . . because it wasn’t legally parked. Now, until they find a Plan B, the pedigree goat, supplied by Gorgie City Farm, has to be walked a mile across the city to make each 4pm performance.
Pedestrians on the route have been left puzzled by the sight of it being led to the venue on a lead.
Star of the show Mabel Aitken, 42, said: “I’ve been coming to Edinburgh for a number of years and I’ve never heard anything like it.”
Farm manager Denis Rankine, 50, arrived at the venue with Alexis in tow shortly after 3.30pm on Monday, only to be informed by a warden that because the trailer did not have an engine, it and his car were regarded as an oversized vehicle and therefore not allowed to occupy two street side bays.
Show bosses were left wondering if the meanie was spoiling for a ram-my or merely kid-ding as their lead actress was driven away just minutes before her debut appearance.
Denis said: “The guy told me that if the trailer had an engine it would have been okay but because it didn’t I had to shift it or face a fine.
“I had to take Alexa away without her getting to perform. I understand that the guy was only doing his job and rules are rules but it’s a bit daft.”
Two Thirds Below was written by long-standing Festival veteran Mabel. It centres on five ladies attempting to enjoy a tea party. Alexa’s big moment comes during a pivotal scene where she’s revealed tucking into the ladies’ tea and cakes. Mabel added: “The performance is about how we deal with a crisis and how nature cannot be controlled so it’s rather fitting really. I’d have thought they could have made some exception.”
The actress, who has worked on shows such as Rab C Nesbitt and Sea of Souls and counts David Walliams and David Tennant among co-stars added: “I’ve never worked with a goat before but I suppose David Walliams was pretty unpredictable.”
A spokeswoman for security contractor NSL which deploys wardens on behalf of Edinburgh City Council confirmed trailers should not be parked there. She said: “No Penalty Charge Notice was issued and the driver was asked to move his vehicle, which he duly did. We wish the goat all the very best and hope the audience isn’t too gruff.”