Fiona Duff: Blinded by the light of stars

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Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside. Especially when it’s just a 30-minute train journey away.

That’s why tomorrow I am off to North Berwick for Fringe By The Sea.

You’d think that there is enough going on in Edinburgh right now, but this is a little gem of a Fringe within a Fringe where I’ll be booking in to see the lovely Phil and Aly as well as a comedy night with Phill Jupitus.

I’m hoping to find somewhere to lay my head that night as I quite fancy staying over and going to see The Manfreds on Sunday. The guys that were formerly known as Manfred Mann in North Berwick – who would ever have thought it possible?

So this week I’ve been out and about in the Capital. Broken Dolls was a very well performed sad tale of sex trafficking in Eastern Europe and, whilst focusing on the story of one girl, it is heartbreaking to know that this is happening to so many.

To cheer myself up I then tottered along to St Andrew Square for the Thinking Drinkers which was great fun as well as informative, and at times completely mental. Needless to say there were all types of free alcohol given to the audience and an added bonus, at the show I attended, of sitting two seats along from that rather debonair actor Julian Sands.

It wouldn’t be the Fringe if I didn’t try something a bit different so it was off to the Pleasance to see Dracula The Musical, which is basically a dynamic and sexy take on the Bram Stoker novel. There is music – obviously – mixed with the original text and whilst I was probably a tad (ahem) older than most of the audience, the young performers on stage left us begging to be bitten.

It may be of interest to anyone working for the NHS that the delightful Kevin Day, above, has offered to buy anyone working for that organisation a drink after his show. Once you have been you will totally understand why, but his bar bill at the end of August might well give him a heart attack.