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Sarah Kendall – what I will and won't miss about the Fringe 2012

Friday, August 24 2012

In her final EiF blog, Aussie stand-up Sarah Kendall is counting down the days till she can leave, and the months until she can come back

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Sarah Kendall

In three days time, I will be travelling south back to my home. Here is what I’ll miss from the Fringe:

1) Wellington Coffee on the corner of Hanover and George Street. Thank you for everything. If it weren’t for you, I would probably have done something very regrettable over the course of the last month, like kill a person, or go to Starbucks.

2) The Book Festival. In particular, the attendant in the children’s play area who stood by calmly as my child repeatedly emptied packets of carrot seeds on her own head.

3) All the children’s shows. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. Watching my daughter’s face light up through the magic of theatre has been one of the biggest joys of my life. Oh, and they sleep for HOURS after from the sheer exhaustion. Another massive joy.

4) Bumping into fellow performers and having a massive whinge about everything. Absolutely everything.

5) My evening pie from The Pie Maker on Nicholson Street. I blame you for the fact that my jeans and underpants now cut off the circulation to my toes.

6) The security guard in the Sainsbury’s near my flat. Over the course of the last month, we’ve graduated from polite nods to world-weary, end-of-the-shift chit-chat. I can’t understand a great deal of what he says, and I think he can’t understand me, but that has in no way obstructed our burgeoning friendship.

And of course, here are the things I won’t miss:

1) The weird smell the flat I’m renting gets when the weather goes above 20 degrees.

2) The relentless sound of the tram construction. People of Edinburgh, my heart goes out to you. I hope it is the most amazing tram system ever installed, your patience deserves to be richly rewarded. Though judging by the size of some of the people I saw coming out of McDonalds today, you might want to encourage more bicycle use.

3) The gluten-free chocolate brownies at the Pleasance Courtyard. I don’t know what gluten is, but it turns out I REALLY like it in chocolate brownies.

4) The face full of cigarette smoke I get every night when I walk past the bus station entrance. And yes, I am a totally sanctimonious ex-smoker.

I know exactly how my Tuesday is going to pan out. We’ll drive south, and I’ll start to feel more and more relaxed with each mile that passes. I’ll be so relieved that I won’t have to do a show that night, so relieved I’ll kind of laugh and cry at the same time. And then at 8.30pm on Tuesday, the time my show started every night over the past month, I won’t know what to do with myself. And then I’ll start thinking about possible show titles for next years show ...

• Sarah Kendall – Get Up, Stand Up is on at 8:30pm at the Pleasance Courtyard


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