Sooo it's 3.18 in the morning and I'm sitting down to blog.

 

Today I was feeling nakered all the walking and dancing of yesterday had tired me out (staying up until 4 in the morning editing video together didn't help). So I had a bit of a late start to the day. @ameliaforsbrook had already left to catch a show when I left the house. I planned to go and see the incredible book eating boy however when I got to the box office I discovered I had just missed there last show of the day. I was gutted.

 

I gave my friend Simon a ring to see what he was up to and found out he was just around the corner so I waited for him to meet me. When I met him we decided to have a walk and see if we could get any free tickets to shows. I swear on my life less than a minute later we had 2 free tickets to a show called funny women. At this point I feel I should explain how to get free tickets. You have to be friendly and open, appear enthusiastic about what ever it is they are trying to sell you and if they say they have free tickets you say yes and you go. Talk to everyone if you appear interested and they do have free tickets they are likely to give them to you as they feel you are likely to go. Nobody gets free tickets if they appear disinterested because why would you give someone a free ticket if they aren't even going to show up for the show.

 

So how successful was the day. Well I watched 4 free shows the same number as I watched yesterday. Funny Women, Christmas for two friends with you, Guilt and Shame, Briefs. Funny Women was a competition to find the next top female comic the line up changes every day and some of the audience is asked to judge the acts. I was picked to be a judge. This was actually a good fun show some acts where funnier than others but overall I enjoyed the show . Christmas for two was a bit of a let down all though they did struggle with technical problems. Guilt and Shame is a must watch on at 22.15 in the caves. I won't spoil it for you but imagine if the film The Hangover had spawned a stage show and you're pretty close. The last show of the day was Briefs.

 

Briefs was something I didn't fancy but the free tickets were offered so I had to go. Briefs is a Boylesque show from Australia and I really didn't think it would be for me. Turns out it is good to be wrong sometimes. The show was like a cabaret show with lots of aerial acts that just amazed me. These guys really know how to put on a show and they all bounced off of each other creating great energy on stage. There was a range of characters in the show that really added the enjoyment of the act as all though some acts where similar they were executed in very different ways. A highlight for me was a video half way through showing one of the cast getting a traditional Samoa tattoo.

 

Today was a varied day but with out spending a penny on tickets I did see a range of shows and some stand out shows as well. One word of advice getting free tickets requires a lot of walking around talking to people and then walking to all the venues, this is far more tiring than it sounds. Also none of the shows that I went to where part of the free fringe or other free festival venues. Each show would all normally be a charged show but it goes to show that if your open to see anything you can see a fair bit at no cost what soever.

 

I'm looking forward to the next couple of days 7 day drunk, The Dark Philosophers and Piff the Magic Dragon are all still to see. Right I really must go to bed.

 

To follow my day as it happens please follow @dextartuk

 

 

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