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Dinosaurs at the McEwan Hall

When you see a full size dinosaur crossing the road you know the Festival Fringe is full swing.

The dinosaur in question was part of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, currently showing at the McEwan Hall at 11am each day until August 26th.

Erth’s dinosaurs are manually operated by supremely skilled puppeteers, but interact with the audience and those on stage in a way that makes them come to life.

Like the amazing puppetry in the War Horse and The Lion King it is amazing how even though you can see the people controlling them, you quickly look to the puppets faces and movements as if they are real.

It gets me every time, and it is a joy. The show was filled with educational facts too and the host was great fun, especially with those who he brought up on stage to see the creatures up close.

And a nice touch was that after the show everyone got to pet the smaller dinos outside and grab a photo too.

Great fun, my two loved it. Especially the flying. For more info and to book a ticket see the link below.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo via Underbelly

The cow has landed!

A huge purple cow has once again landed in George Square gardens for a month of festival fun.

I’m always impressed with how green George Square is as you have to search for the upturned cow within the trees. Follow the many signs and helpful staff giving out directions and flyers and you will soon find the pop up village of food and drinks tents that lead you to the many stages.

I was there last night for a sneak peek at a few of Underbelly’s acts for this there 20th year in Edinburgh. And there is lots to look forward to once again as the city goes hyper for the month of August.

Here are a few of my doodles from the night as Fags, Mags and Bags made us laugh, Super Sunday scared us silly and directors Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood welcomed us for their 20th year running.

Underbelly website

The Underbelly has landed

PurpleCow1Last night was the press launch of this years Underbelly Fringe Festival, and I was lucky enough to see a glimpse of what’s on offer.


It was great to be back under the gaze of the upturned coo, and as the transformed and unrecognisable Bristo Square filled with those eager to see what this years Fringe Festival had in store I sketched the inflatable heed :).


Compare for the evening was the very funny Felicity Ward, who did a great job introducing each act, and dealing with a rowdy crowd and kept the evening flowing superbly.


Each of nine acts (ten if you include Felicity)  had around five minutes to show off their act in a bid to make it into the watching reviewers ‘highlight of the night’.


For me that honour went to the spell binding ‘Circa: Beyond’, an amazing show of strength and agility which saw a performer suspend  from a piece of material, high from the stage.


A close second though was a hilarious double act called ‘Frisky and Mannish’ who sang out letters of advice for pop stars, possibly (or possibly not!) penned by Sinead O’Connor.


All the acts entertained and I can’t wait to see more, one thing is for sure – the Edinburgh Fringe has definitely begun! Below are a few of my sketches from the night, scribbled largely in a darkened theatre!! For more information about the acts on at the Underbelly this year see their website below.

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Underbelly website.