• Improv Comedy - Spontaneous Sherlock - only £5

    Monkey Barrel Comedy

    If you're missing the fun of the fringe... come along to the Monkey Barrell comedy club for a fun evening of improv Sherlock. I went last year and it was pretty good. Bar onsite. Doors open at 7pm. The show starts at 8pm - and ends around 10.30pm. Buy your tickets here - or you may be able to get them on the night if they are not sold out. Only £5! I will be at the door for 7pm when they open the doors. https://event.liveit.io/23522/spontaneous-sherlock-53 Website : Spontaneous Sherlock - Scotland's hottest improv comedy show, and one of the biggest improvised comedy show of the last three Edinburgh Fringe Festivals - is back! Spontaneous Sherlock is an award-winning, entirely improvised Sherlock Holmes comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a title. Performed in two halves by three of Scotland's most critically-acclaimed comedy improvisers, with live Victorian musical accompaniment. Plus, stick around after the second interval for a bonus improv comedy set by the cast of Spontaneous Sherlock in their ordinary, non-Victorian clothes!

  • Open Doors Day

    Georgian House

    The Plan is to visit the following in the order listed: 22. Georgian House 53. St Columba’s by the Castle 44. Riddle’s Court 52. St Cecelia’s Hall 36. Old College 57. Talbot Rice Gallery 30. McEwan Hall Starting at the Georgian House in Charlotte Square at 11:00, then heading up to the Royal Mile area for all the others, so some walking also. Cafe/ food stop after Riddles Court. http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/media/6143/2019-brochure.pdf **Update** As the Georgian house might be nervous about a group showing up, I propose we meet outside Whighams at 11:30am, then head straight up to venue 2. Anyone who wants to go to the Georgian House beforehand can easily do so on their own from 11am.

  • Sunday Open Doors Day

    Elephant & Bagels

    Doors Open Days gives you free access to lots of fascinating buildings across Scotland. Come and explore and get into buildings around Edinburgh for free. In 2019 they will be celebrating 30 years of Doors Open Days in Scotland! Grab a coffee and meet out the front of the Elephants and Bagels. I live above and is central to most plces we can walk to and in and around the Old Town of Edinburgh. http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/find-a-building/?area=7511 Plan to visit....McEwan Hall, Festival Theratre, Moubury House, Edinburgh Baha'i Center, Burns Monument. We can go at a leasurly pace to see all that's listed before finishing the afternoon with an opional refreshment. Norlyn

  • Learn to Jive with Ceroc - no prior experience needed £8 (+£2 membership card)

    Option to meet beforehand at the Premier Inn lounge from around 7ish. or in the venue after 7.15pm on the far right table. Free tea/coffee and water available - no bar. No Need to book class In advance. £8 PER CLASS (+£2 for membership card). FIRST TIMERS DEAL. There's a deal on Groupon for 10 classes for £10. https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/ceroc-11 (expires 18 Nov 2019). Present Groupon on arrival at the class. Valid for beginners only. So if you are coming along for the first time - why not take advantage of the groupon as it will cost you the SAME PRICE for 10 classes as 1!! CLASS INFORMATION https://www.ceroc.com/24/131/ceroc-edinburgh-the-lauriston-halls?id=52 If you've looked at couples jiving on the dance floor, this is a great way to learn how to do it. Sometimes to modern songs, and sometimes to golden oldies. Learn to dance with Ceroc! Complete beginners are welcome every week, no need to book, just turn up alone or with friends. All Ceroc classes follow the exact same format. As soon as you get through the door, the teacher will welcome everybody onto the dance floor and you'll all get partnered up. BEGINNERS CLASS The night starts with a Beginners Class lasting 45 minutes. You will learn 3 simple moves that will start to develop your core skills and basic techniques. At the end of the lesson the DJ plays two or three tracks and you can practice and dance the moves you have just learnt with the people that you have met in the class. We normally recommend that it takes about 6 beginners classes to master the basic moves, acquire key skills and feel comfortable to join in at Intermediate level. Don't feel rushed though, you can step up whenever you want. NEXT...... either join: INTERMEDIATE CLASS The Beginners Class is followed by the more challenging Intermediate class. In this 30 minute session you will learn 3 or 4 harder moves. OR BEGINNERS PRACTICE SESSION Whilst the Intermediate class takes place, Beginners have the opportunity to get together in a group session led by a Taxi Dancer. This smaller session includes a review of the moves you have learnt earlier in the night, the opportunity to repeat the material to build confidence and muscle memory. It also provides a forum for discussion where you can ask questions, solve problems and perfect the various techniques explored throughout the evening. Followed by..... FREESTYLE After the Intermediate class and Practice Session conclude, your night takes off when the Ceroc DJ takes control for the 'Freestyle Session'. This is a 1 - 2 hour period of pure uninterrupted Ceroc music creating a party atmosphere for you to practice and rehearse your new movement repertoire. Grab a drink and enjoy dancing the moves with as many people as you can. Freestyle is improvised, so it gives you the opportunity to be creative and dance with different partners in the room. Dancing during the Freestyle really gives you chance to improve your Ceroc style and soak up the fun atmosphere... it's addictive education!

  • 5-6 mini plays - Short Attention Span Theatre £5.50 inc booking fee

    Doors open 7pm. Starts 8pm. From memory, it lasts about 1.5 hours - so should end around 9.30/9.45pm - depending on the timings and length of the playlets. Seating is cabaret style. Bar onsite. They also offer snacks (nuts/crips). Buy tickets here - or you can get them in person by going to the booking office. This venue is the basement of the Rose Theatre. https://www.seetickets.com/event/short-attention-span/gilded-balloon-basement-edinburgh/1398100 An evening of short plays written and performed by emerging writers specifically for that event. Each night features six new plays of around 15 to 20 minutes. Each play is written by early career playwrights or writers from other disciplines writing for the stage for the first time. The plays are all conceived, written and rehearsed in the weeks leading up to the show.

  • JEREMIAH'S TAPROOM - after work drinks from 6.30 pm

    Jeremiah's Taproom

    Jeremiah's Taproom (back area reserved)) informal afterwork drinks - 6.30pm onwards. A chance to celebrate a successful week, suggest future events or simply ponder the wonders of the world over a drink.

  • Backstage Tour

    Festival Theatre

    Backstage Tour Did you know that the Festival Theatre is situated on Edinburgh's longest continuous theatre site? Or that it was once a Bingo hall? Want to stand on stage and feel like a star? This backstage tour is a great chance to go behind the scenes; see the workings of the theatre and walk down memory lane as we chat through the theatre's interesting history. Refreshments are included. This is a fabulous tour. I have been on it before. Please use the link to buy your own ticket and I will see you there: https://bookings.capitaltheatres.com/WEBPAGES/EntaWebShow/ShowListAlpha.aspx?start=B Don't hang about as this will sell out quickly! Cost is £10 We can go for lunch afterwards.

  • FREE improv comedy with Stu and Garry (Doors 12.30, starts 1.30pm)

    Feeling a bit in need of some comedy to lighten up your Sunday? Then come to some FREE improv comedy at the Stand! https://www.thestand.co.uk/performances/704-8065-stu-garrys-free-improv-show-20190915-edinburgh/ Our long-running improvised comedy show will have you in stitches. Marvel as resident duo Stu & Garry weave comedy magic from your suggestions. It’s the perfect way to nurse a hangover and a sure-fire way to kick-start your weekend after the big night out. There’s a special menu too so you’ll be in danger of laughing with your mouth full. PLEASE NOTE: FREE SHOW NO NEED TO BOOK ---------- I will probably go to the Portrait Gallery cafe for a cup of coffee beforehand (from about 11.30am) and will then saunter over to the STand at about 12.15pm to join the queue, as the doors open at 12.30pm - so we can choose a nice couple of tables for our group just slightly back from the stage, and then have time to get a bite to eat and a cup of tea (or something stronger). It does tend to fill up, so we can't bagsy all the tables! If you're going to be running late, then you may have to take your chances in sitting with the group (unless you don't mind a stool). Being an old fogie, I like a chair. Starts around 1.30 and ends about 3ish.

  • Free classical Concert - St Giles at 6pm

    St Giles' Cathedral

    Meet on the steps outside at 5.30pm. As Yet I don't know what is on offer - as they are not yet showing what is proposed for October. Watch this space.... if it is organ music I may cancel ! https://stgilescathedral.org.uk/music/ Option - to go to a bar afterwards for a blether (Eg the Booking Office - tbc)

  • Lindy Hop - like Ceroc but more traditional jive - £6 pay on the door

    https://www.summerhall.co.uk/event/shoe-swing-lindy-hop-classes/ I've tried it a couple of times, but still consider myself a beginner as I have not yet got to grips with the steps, but I want to keep trying! Have you always wanted to learn to dance like it’s 1939? Edinbop offers classes, workshops and social dancing opportunities in Edinburgh. Wednesday Nights at the Main Hall, Summerhall. Lindy Hop Foundations: 7pm – 8pm No partner or experience required. Just bring flat shoes! Lindy Hop Improvers: 8pm – 9pm For those who have attended Lindy Hop Foundations for enough weeks to comfortably know the 3 basic patterns of Lindy Hop (8 beat, Charleston and 6 beat)