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Alan Miller-Hall makes a world record attempt at staying motionless in 1977
Alan Miller-Hall makes a world record attempt at staying motionless in 1977
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The streets are bustling, there are tents springing up all over town and suddenly it seems everyone is a theatre critic – it can only mean that the Fringe is once again under way.

Every year, the Capital play’s host to the world’s biggest arts festival and this year it is bigger than ever, with 3193 shows being staged over 299 venues, ensuring there is something for everyone, no matter what your tastes.

Members 'of the Blood Transfusion 'Service at the Cavalcade of 1985

Members 'of the Blood Transfusion 'Service at the Cavalcade of 1985

The Fringe has always been a celebration of sheer artistic creativity and the ideal showcase for performers looking to make a name for themselves, which has always ensured plenty of weird and wonderful antics on the streets of the city.

And there were crowds of stunned spectators on The Mound in 1989 when stunt cyclist Stefan Depont from the French circus troupe Archaos drove a motorbike over a car as part of a publicity stunt for their show. Even then you had to work hard to pull in an audience.

Not having a venue has never been a drawback, either – in 1981, the Cliffhanger Theatre Company and Pookie Snack’n’burger brought Rockabilly Voodoo to the Fringe and performed to audiences in a children’s playground behind the Fringe booking office.

Its not all about performers, though – there is always plenty of work being done to help good causes around the city, and in 1985 members of the Blood Transfusion Service dressed up in circus costume to help raise funds during the Evening News-sponsored 
Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade.

Rockabilly Voodoo is given an outside performance in 1981

Rockabilly Voodoo is given an outside performance in 1981

And as well live-wire stunts, the Fringe often brings out the more bizarre – in 1977, Alan Miller-Hall of the National Student Theatre Company made an attempt to set the world record for staying motionless.