The ICTF Fam Tour Begins Today

Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
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Trip End Aug 13, 2010


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Edinburgh 2010.Day 3
I awoke early a felt very refreshed so I put on my jogging clothes and went out to see if I could find somewhere to run. I didn’t have to look far. The Pollock halls complex is surrounded by a beautiful hiking path/bike trail and there is also a big volcanic ash mountain just across the street which you can climb right to the top and gaze upon the city and environs from a place called  (King) Arthur’s Seat. It looked tempting but I had gone for a good run. So I decided to leave that outing for another day. Back at the residence, I continued to read and learn as much as I could about the Fringe and Edinburgh in the information the Pollock Halls provided, I discovered that I could pay 2 pounds for 120 minutes of phone calls which was a great bargain. I used it to reserve tickets for shows and of course to call home.  What a deal! It was great to have that connection while I was travelling on my own.
At 12:30 all of the participants met each other. We were greeted by Todd kersey and Cara Bonazza from the ICTF. We were all introduced to each other, and then taken out to lunch at The Crags, a restaurant in the neighbourhood. It was a very friendly atmosphere and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting people who do what I do for a living. It was a good mix of ages and experience and there was no shortage of things to talk aboutJ I couldn’t help but think about how much fun our actors and des- techs will have when they have the opportunity to share their training experiences with others from colleges and universities from across the US.
After lunch we were taken on a panoramic bus tour of the city with a tour guide named Marina. She is a wonderful story teller and we all enjoyed her commentary very much. Her knowledge of historic details, anecdotes and especially her sense of humour filled with dry Scottish irony kept us thoroughly entertained. After the tour, we met in one of the common rooms of a residence to go over our itinerary for the week, ask questions etc. We were then invited to go to dinner at Pollock halls or go off on our own. I chose the latter and headed back out into Fringe territory to get my theatre fix for the day. I went back to The Bedlam and saw two shows. The first called The Wake was well done , an interesting exploration of family relationships, two actors playing about seven characters, that sort of thing . I enjoyed it.  I had time for dinner  between shows and found a fab Japanese restaurant. Like Montreal, there is no shortage of wonderful eateries in Edinburgh. I felt right at homeJ The second show was called The Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid. The title attracted my attention and the artwork on the flyer. Moral of the storyis don’t judge a book by its cover. The production was nothing more than a vain expression of anger against anyone and anything , made little or no sense most of the time and doing its utmost to offend whoever. When it did make a modicum of sense , I didn’t really care because the whole thing was just so tedious. Expletives abounded as though that was supposed to shock or offend. Pretty pathetic. I was bored. As I was walking out of the theatre, three women behind me burst out laughing! They had tried to hold it in until they got out of the theatre. We had a good time commenting on the piece, laughed some more and then went our separate ways. C’est la vie at the Fringe!
It was getting late so I decided to head home, but managed to get lost again, this time quite thoroughly and had to take a taxi home because I had wandered so far afield. I figured out where I went wrong though and was determined to get it right tomorrow! I got home and called Charles which was great fun I had some difficulty figuring out how, but eventually managed to set my alarm on my new Blackberry and then I fell asleep. Tired and full of excitement for tomorrow.
 
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Billy's Dad on

Sorry you were one of the people who didn't enjoy the show. If you struggled with the plot you're welcome to come again for free if you let us know.

You aren't the only one to leave, we get about 4-5 walk-outs a night. You weren't as bad as this lady though:

http://is.gd/erumy (scroll down to penultimate paragraph)

Have a good fringe

Marty (Billy's Dad)

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