Sunday, 13 September 2015

Rigging in the Spiegeltent Colombino at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015

As always, you can click on any of the photos in this post to enlarge.

I can't quite believe we're already well into September! August seems to have flown by so fast this year.

I had a few different jobs rigging during the Edinburgh Fringe this year, but the main one was Le Haggis, a night of burlesque, cabaret, music, song, acrobatics and bawdiness, performed inside the Spiegeltent Colombino in Assembly George Square Gardens. The show featured several aerial artists (aerial fabrics, Chinese pole, straps and hoop) with multiple rigging changes during each performance. It was great fun to be a part of, with 26 performances over the course of the month. I had some awesome experiences and met some fantastic people I will hopefully get the opportunity to work with again in the future. It was also brilliant to get some experience of the unique challenges involved in rigging inside a spiegeltent.

We got some great reviews, including: five stars from Broadway Baby; four stars from Scotsgay Magazine; four stars from WOW247; a great review from This is Cabaret; and we were even listed in Time Out's top 5 circus acts at the Edinburgh Fringe!


Also in the Spiegeltent Colombino, I got the opportunity to work with the wonderful The Ricochet Project rigging a corde lisse for Best of the Fest Daytime as a one off event. Their show, Smoke and Mirrors, was a very different style of performance to Le Haggis, so working with them to have a 10 minute showcase of their piece was a nice contrast. I also got the chance to see their show during the Fringe at Assembly Roxy, and can highly recommend seeking them out if they are touring anywhere near you in the future.

Finally in the spiegeltent, I also got the chance to rig for Best of Burlesque on one night when Empress Stah (who also performed in Le Haggis) was a guest performer on the show with a hoop routine. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos from the show, but it was a great night and the show got a four star review in Edinburgh Festivals Magazine from a reviewer who was in that evening.

It was fantastic to finally be in Edinburgh and able to work this year, and I met a lot of awesome people doing it. Hopefully it will lead to even more interesting and exciting opportunities further down the line!

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