Saturday 24th August. This morning Elizabeth, Terl and myself take part in the recording of Amnesty International’s ‘live’ Secret Comedy Podcast.

Amnesty International was founded in London in 1961 by the lawyer Peter Benenson and is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights. The objective of the organisation is "to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated." It works to mobilise public opinion to put pressure on governments that let abuse take place.The organisation was awarded the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize for its "campaign against torture” and the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 1978.

Today’s  show was hosted by comedian, writer and TV presenter Mark Dolan and featured comic turns and interviews.

If you navigate through NEWS AND EVENTS to EDINBURGH FESTIVAL you can subscribe and listen to the show, which played out with ‘Superficial’ to a very appreciative crowd...

The ‘hotheads’ are a great bunch of people to hang out with and, though we’re all missing our families, every day is filled with laughter and banter... there is a very tight turnaround time at the theatre as the previous act finishes at 9.20. We have to carry all the instruments and backline up from the storeroom in the bowels of the building and set everything up afresh each night. To make the process a great deal easier, all the mic leads are taped together in a ‘loom’ and clearly labelled. Mine says ‘BAZ VOX’ (bouzouki/vocals)... Matt suggests this should be my stage name from now on... and I kinda like it... while Terl comments on the ‘dance’ I do onstage (which usually involves a simple up and down movement)... as the bouzouki is originally a Greek instrument he proposes we call it the ‘Greek Dip’... the week is winding down now, time moving faster. Our performance improves every night and the show has been well attended... though some are clearly there out of curiosity and are slightly bemused, if not completely dumbfounded, by Lady Cora’s ‘rock chick’ persona... after tonight’s show we head back to Darroch Court for an intimate ‘end of run’ party. One more gig tomorrow night but we have to pack and load all the gear in Ron’s van ready for the long drive home... rumour also has it that as the theatre is a temporary set-up for the festival (it’s really the Freemason’s Hall), we have to drink the bar dry!

Sunday 25th August. After last night’s celebrations, a late start this morning, though, ever the professional, Sadie has called a vocal rehearsal for 11.30am... late breakfast, laundry done, a lazy afternoon before we head out for something to eat. Edinburgh is basking in the late summer sun, bags are packed... tomorrow morning we catch the 10am train and make the return journey down the East Coast Main Line... next up, three dates in Sweden.



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