So sorry about that title. Best I could do.
So - after five weeks, 72 shows, hundreds of audience members and countless iced coffees - we're done.
The Adelaide Fringe this year was a long adventure of hard work, gorgeous crowds and friends old & new. Had a great time, but ready to go home now. My beautiful grey city beckons.
Achievements unlocked: Was happy with my work, didn't go mental, and spent time with some lovely folks. Level up.
Here's to all my beautiful carny friends - you know who you are, and you know how sane you keep me. Special thanks, of course, to Tapeface and The Dutchess, and the Gag Reflex family. Fucking splendid people.
One last story to close this up with.
During the first week of shows, I happened to hand a flyer to a couple of people who mentioned that they were from Yorkshire. I told them that my parents live in Yorkshire, and we chatted for a while and then they moved on. Well, on the very last night, they came to the show. A middle-aged couple, and an older woman - I'm guessing one of their mothers. Sat in the front row and loved it.
After the show they made a point of finding me to tell me how much they enjoyed the show, and the older woman asked if I was a tap dancer. I said yes, a little. She used to be a tap dancer, she said. She told me she could tell I danced, by the way I moved in the hat and cane routine. You'll understand how happy that makes me. Then she asked if I knew the Bradford Alhambra. I do. It's one of the great Northern vaudeville theatres. "I used to be a sunbeam", she said, "An Alhambra Sunbeam".
So - on the last night of my show, I had, sitting in my front row a genuine, bona-fide music hall dancing girl. Not sure I could have asked for a more perfect and fitting end to a run. Thanks, sunbeam.
And just so you know - here's what the Sunbeams used to look like:
And here are some more images I shot with my phone of some of the people that helped make my time here so enjoyable...
Also got to play some nice stages...
And here are few more things that caught my eye..
|Adrienne Truscott was here...|
|Thanks for the bench, Ted & Joyce.|
|DO NOT steal Kiran's chalk.|
|Cabaret pancake club!|
|Pretty cool roof for a shopping mall|
And finally...WE SAW A POSSUM IN A TREE! WE SAW A POSSUM IN A TREE! WE SAW A POSSUM IN A TREE! IT WAS CUUUTE!
On my way back to London now, next stops are the beautiful Leeds City Varieties on 21st and 22nd, and then the DubFest in Dubai on the 28th to the 30th. Wheeeeeee...