All set for a Fringe frenzy

Allan Crow
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By Allan Crow

If you want to see me in August, you’d better make an appointment!

My diary has gone ever so slightly into over-drive as the Fringe looms large.

Previously I’ve mooched across to Edinburgh and adopted a ‘pick and mix’ approach to seeing shows. This year everything is timetabled, and booked. Grief, there’s even a Google document to keep it all in check ...

I now have some 26 shows to catch in little over two weeks - and worryingly (for my bank manager) there are still a good few on the ‘want to see’ list.

The only disappointment was the Doug Anthony All-Stars cancelling their visit. I last saw them at the Adam Smith Theatre some 20-plus years ago – their reunion would have been something special. Alas ...

Show time: This weekend marks the start of a cultural month - I should be a fully fledged luvvie by the end of it!

Looking forward to Val McDermid’s Saturday lunchtime chat with Graham Spiers on football, and then it’s a quick journey to Falkirk to see Tom Jones.

Sunday is earmarked for Pittenweem Arts Festival which is always worth a wee jaunt up the coast. Just need a dry day to wander round all the exhibitors.

Big games: It’s been a week of planning ahead as Fife Flyers’ fixtures came out last week.

Back to back gamee in Belfast certainly appealed – smashing city with so much to see above the hockey – but instead we’re opting for a jaunt to Altrincham and then, thanks to some cheap as chips flights, a weekend in Cardiff.

If there are any pennies left then Belfast may come back into the reckoning.

Just don’t tell the bank manager ...