BIBL Scratch

I’ve just woken up from a long and very refreshing sleep. The last two days have been amazing, but very hard work.

On Friday Leftwing Idiot and I finished work and headed straight to Battersea Arts Centre to do the first ever performance of Backstage In Biscuit Land, the show we’re taking to the Edinburgh Fringe next month.

We met up with my co-performer Jess Mabel Jones (AKA Chopin) and Poppy, who’s designed and made all the incredible props and costumes. We just had time for a quick rehearsal before we were due to start.

But just as we were expecting the audience to come in, a loud screeching noise reverberated through the building. You’ve guessed it – the fire alarm. We came out to find actual smoke in the corridor, so we left the building very quickly.

It turned out a smoke machine being used in another show had triggered the alarm, and we were soon able to go back in. But the alarm caused a problem with the fire doors so we were about an hour-and-a-half late getting started. Fortunately, the BAC staff had kept our audience happy with free drinks at the bar, so they were nicely tipsy.

The show went really well and I enjoyed the experience a lot. We had some lovely feedback too, so I was full of excitement when we got back to BAC yesterday for our second scratch show. It was another fantastic experience, and I’m feeling a lot more confident about the show as a result. I felt sad afterwards as we packed the props in to the cab and said goodbye (for now) to the BAC. We’ll be back there in the autumn with more BIBL. Tickets for these performances are available now and you can get them here.

There’s still quite a bit of work to do to get fully Edinburgh-ready, but the reaction we’ve had over the last couple of days has filled me with excitement. We leave for Scotland in a week-and-a-half and then our Edinburgh adventure will begin in earnest.

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