72 hours to go

 Event page for the preview on July 21st

In 72 hours we will be done with our first preview for our Ed Fringe show Safe Places and How to Ruin them and I’m not going to lie, I am nervous. Its a lot of pressure. I’ve been working on the show since late December when we first filled out applications for PBH’s Free Fringe and the workload has slowly increased. I’m very lucky to be with the team I have, we have other Playthings stepping in to fill roles for our previews where cast members aren’t available, even graduate Playthings are helping out and we have people like Charlotte C dropping by to help us with choreography, and it feels very much like a community trying to build a village.

I have to take heart in the amount of faith being put in me by my forebearers. Some of whom have expressly told me that I’m going to do a great job and some of whom have given me the feeling that they believe in me by being available to help me out and get things done without a feeling of ‘not my problem anymore’.

It is hard though when people you respect so much leave you in charge of their baby. My friends built this beautiful thing with a high quality reputation and its now down to me not to ruin it. I hope that that wasn’t in my subconscious when we named the show.

Some people have really stepped up and gone above and beyond to be a part of the team in the past few weeks and it gives me hope – but I don’t think I’ll stop feeling anxious until about August 9th…. and then I’ll feel anxious again whenever a graduate Plaything or a friend drops by to see the show. Its intimidating. The Playthings have evolved since my first year, we have different tastes, different styles, different areas of speciality… but we’re still an incredible team who work together to make things happen and there’s so much talent in the group. Including a lot of people who didn’t realise how talented they were and I think it might be dawning on them.


So 72 hours to go… I’m gonna need a drink…. and for the heat to cool off a little because I’m not doing another air-conditioning-less preview at Ring O Bells! XD … but I can’t wait really. Even though Ruari and Amanda are unfortunately on holiday I think the preview will be the first time we see the show’s full potential and from there there is the inevitable wrestling with editing to tame the wild show – but… we’ll see the best of each other first and foremost… I just hope our audiences agree.


Peace out!



8th July – Rehearsal

Rohan: I think Wales is Dark Souls

Rohan: Oh no, I’ve ruined all my safe places

Beth: Yay! I caught something that wasn’t flu!

Kate: 10/Goose

Bryony: Beth, in a parallel universe Mr Chunky isnt dead
Kate: its Pete’s house
Bryony: Yes. This universe. In this universe Mr Chunky is both dead and alive
Kate: It’s Schrödinger’s chunky!

Japanese Jake and Cock Slavering Kate

Rohan: I support fascism high five

Jake: He’s up shit cook without a spwaddle

6th July – Rehearsals

Laura: What are men doing in their pants? I don’t understand!

Rohan: why is this wool so negative?

Rohan: I do love wool!

Connor: I’ll fuck a horse but I won’t vote UKIP!s

Beth: Rohan, why are you in the shetland islands?

Kate: Connor turned into three children


Laura: He goin’ be so mad when he realise he aint go’in get no 99

Connor: I’ll put it in my walking money pouch
Kate: its a pocket mate


Pete:  I take a lot of criticism about my penis, but it would be enough to kill a bee

5th July – Rehearsal

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Beth: I drank a whole five marajuana one time.

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Pete: Oh! a cup! Now I don’t have to bring out the whole bottle!

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Connor: I’m not logged in on bigoldjewishwhore.com

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Connor: I’m not surprised by cups anymore

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Pete: Oh shit! She’s got me! I am a bee!

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Pete: We’re friends but I won’t let my boyfriend dress as a horse to titilate you!

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Rohan: Listen, land mammal!
Pete: hes not a land mammal! Hes a flightless bird!

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Pete: be kind to her. be really kind to her, in any orafice

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Kate: He studies Biology and Religion! Let him throw a lettuce on Christ!
Dan: Yeah… studying his height in footlongs. He’s 5 hearty italians long, can’t be him.


Dan: I can’t come out, I’m touching ham!

My first rehearsal

Connor: That’s not a sleeping dinosaur, that’s just cleavage.

Pete: We should all be proud of our bed wanking!

Rohan: Don’t worry Pete, I support your lies

Pete: I just believe in a world thats slightly more fun.

Bryony: Oh why are you in japanese?

Pete: Firstly, can you imagine how much latex I would need for a gimp suit?

Beth: its getting difficult to ensure this fourth wall

Connor: I’m a huge hitler fan

Connor: I feel it in my fingers – I feel it in my balls –
Rohan: It’s chla-myd-i-aaaaaa!

Pete: Go on then! Try and sue me!

Kate: You now play Ashtray Number 1

Pete: (muttering about women) Fucking suffragettes – ruined that horse race –

Kate: I was helms deep in your momma last night


Pete: Oh, not chunky! He ate the most!

Connor: I don’t want to have a lower half!

Pete: If I could have any job in the world I’d be a stallion
Kate: What?
Pete: It’s the best job – right?
Kate: What, getting wanked off in a shed for the rest of your life?


Pete: When do you think the suffragettes were?
Connor: Last week, right?
Rohan: Yeah, we’ren’t they playing Iceland yesterday?