I’ve just finished performing as part of this years Chester Fringe, an annual celebration of the arts in Chester.
This was my first year being part of this fabulous event and I’d been contacted early on, to see if we could create something that would be suited to close up magic. The organisers suggested that they’d like to do small “pop up” shows, that would just occur throughout the weekend at seemingly random places. It sounded like a great idea and would be good fun for me, randomly approaching people in strange and unusual places. I’d be the David Blaine of Chester!
Over the weekend of the 10th-13th October, numerous events and shows were arranged, including music nights and vaudeville shows! It was looking like a packed weekend.
As I’ve also started doing stand up comedy, I agreed to performed at the spoken word open mic night at the Cross Keys pub in Chester on the Friday night. One of the best things about going to these nights as an act (or “turn” as my mum would say) is meeting talented individuals and getting to chat with them. I got to meet musicians, belly dancers, Ukelele players, story tellers and poets. It was an awesome night. I have to be honest, I was really worried about how my stand up would be received at a non-comedy open mic, but it seemed to go really well, and I got lots of lovely comments afterwards.
During the Saturday and Sunday, I was performing in the pop up shows. I got to perform in some fabulous little places in Chester that I’d never been to before; including Hanky Panky (my god, those pancakes are awesome!), Smooberry (my first ever sampling of Fro Yo) and the Grosvenor centre (where I performed by Costa Coffee for random passers by).
It was great fun surprising people with close up magic (and I’ll add photos to this page as I receive them). I’m amazed that I didn’t get anyone that wasn’t a bit weirded out by a man in a suit randomly approaching them with card tricks!
Also doing pop up shows were a medieval folk band, a belly dancer and an Operatic singer – what a mixed bunch we are!
Hopefully, Chester Fringe will grow bigger and bigger every year and I can’t wait to be a part of it next year!
Here’s a link to some newspaper coverage of the Fringe in the Chester Chronicle.