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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

A former member
Post #: 2
I'll be going to the Fringe in August with a friend, and was wondering if anyone in this group was going? I'll be there August 17-20 and I've just booked a load of shows.

If you'll be there at the same time and fancy joining us for a show or two, then let me know...

Allan.
Anne E
user 24424632
London, GB
Post #: 1
Hey Allan

I'll be going to the Fringe on Thursday 16 through to Monday 20 - am a total newbie and haven't booked anything. Happy just to soak up the athmosphere and see anything really, rather than specific acts/ events that we want to see. Any tips for what we should do to start booking stuff/ seeing what's on?

Cheers

Anne
A former member
Post #: 3
Hi Anne,

I've been to the Fringe every year for about the past 8, except 1, so I'm used to giving out this sort of advice... Generally I advise that you book at least one show a day in advance, just to make sure you have something to see that you've had the chance to read about. There are plenty of shows with advance tickets still available - check www.edfringe.com (If you make yourself an account, it will keep track of what you've bought and create a calendar for you.)

Apart from that, you should be aware of the Half-Price Hut. This is a set of ticket kiosks (in fact I think there are two locations this year) where you can buy tickets for shows on the day, all at half face value. A performer friend explained to me that they allocate a fixed number of tickets to the Half Price Hut each day, based on how many they expect to sell in advance and at the venue. So the first thing to do each morning is to go to the Hut and see what's on. They always have piles of catalogues so you can look up shows from the titles displayed on the screens.

If you have a smartphone, download the Fringe 2012 app - it's not the best, but it is very useful for looking up info about shows and for finding venues. I find that Google Maps/equivalent aren't always very helpful with finding venues as most of them are temporary.

Apart from the shows, there are a few places I strongly advise visiting - these are just my taste though!

1. David Bann's vegetarian restaurant http://www.davidbann....­
2. Eteaket tea room http://www.eteaket.co...­
3. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery http://www.nationalga...­
4. The Baked Potato Shop http://www.list.co.uk...­

And good venues to hang around if you're looking for a show are the Pleasance Courtyard and Teviot Place/George Square.

Finally, if you're watching street performers on the Royal Mile, keep hold of your bag - I'm told there are plenty of pickpockets about, although I've never been a victim of one myself.

Enjoy!
Allan.
Anne E
user 24424632
London, GB
Post #: 2
Thanks Allan, that's a great comprehensive email.

Cheers
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