It only feels like a couple of days but we’ve been back from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since August 30 – two weeks at the time of writing – what a festival!
Four shows with a total of 99 performances and a total audience of nearly 7,000 people and a host of fantastic reviews ensured that Story Pocket’s festival was a huge success.
As well as the shows themselves – A Pocketful of Grimms, Storyteller, Storyteller, Pub Quiz for Kids with Patrick Monahan and Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur – we returned from the festival with a hatful of great memories.
Our shows were featured on a series of TV and radio interviews, we performed at various “pick of the fringe” shows including the two biggest of their type hosted by Nicholas Parsons and Mervyn Stutter. Plenty of celebrities and their children were spotted in our audiences throughout the festival.
It was a month of meeting up with old friends, making new ones and, of course seeing hundreds of shows from the silliest of sketch shows to the most profound of plays.
Story Pocket Theatre must have been one of the hardest working companies in Edinburgh this year. Our 10 actors and one comedian gave a total of 397 performances between them (five of them were in two shows) We gave out thousands of flyers and put up hundreds of posters.
For the cast of King Arthur one of the biggest highlights was a meeting with the master storyteller, author of Arthur: High King of Britain and Story Pocket Theatre’s patron, Michael Morpurgo. His warmth, kindness and encouragement were truly inspirational.
And now two of those Edinburgh shows are on the road. King Arthur opened a tour on September 29th at Peterborough and, two days later, A Pocketful of Grimms began in Oxford. We will have another two shows on the road in December but more details of that in a future blog.
So have a look at our website to find out if Story Pocket Theatre is coming to a theatre near you and be sure to come and see us.