Thursday, 20 June 2013

Fringe Benefits

First, there was a diary. Yes, I'm serious. I kept a diary for years. I was still intermittently writing in it well into my twenties. 

Then, in an attempt to join the 21st century, there were a series of blogs. This very blog that you are presently reading is the latest and most successful. It was a natural progression from a hand-written, and now very much destroyed, diary. Anyone who wants to add "of a wimpy kid" to the end of the previous sentence won't be far wrong. 

Now, in a totally unforeseen, unplanned and somewhat unbelievable development, there is a stage play. Yes, you read that right. InsomniacMedic is coming to the stage. Not me personally, for that would be nothing short of foolish, frightening and entirely forgettable, but this blog has become the basis for a play that is to appear for two weeks at this year's Camden Fringe festival. 

That's Camden, London, UK. Not Camden, New Jersey; or Camden, New South Wales. Sorry to disappoint any of you who may be inconvenienced by the distances involved. 

Written by fellow insomniac and long-term friend Rachel Creeger of Time2Shine Productions, "An Insomniac's Guide to Ambulances" was borne out of many late night Facebook chats about our past experiences, mine as a paramedic and hers working with vulnerable families. InsomniacMedic was the starting point for this immersive piece which blends fiction and fact from both our real working lives, much like the blog itself. 

As an added bonus, certainly for me, anyway, despite being several thousands of miles away from London these days, I plan on attending a few of the nights, including one where a Q&A session will follow the play. For all the details, head to the Camden Fringe website, and search for one of two theatres where the play will be showing: Upstairs at the Gatehouse from the 5th-8th of August, or at the LJCC from the 11th-15th of August. The Q&A is on the 12th. 

I, for one, am honoured that this is even happening. I'd be even more so if you came and showed your support. At the very least, I could thank you in person for being a reader of this blog, and by that mere fact alone, making this entire project remotely feasible. 

See you there, but no breaking any legs please. I'm supposed to be on holiday! 


Chris said...

ty for sharing.

Middo said...

Seriously disappointed that it isn't appearing in Camden, New South Wales. Although, the Opera House might be a more central location.

Barbara said...

I guess it won't be in Camden, Maine, USA either? Oh well. Congrats from across the pond.

TAZ THE AMBO said...

Dude you had me a little excited with NSW too!

MSgt B said...

Don't think I'll be making it across the pond for the premiere.

It would be nice to see some teasers on YouTube or something...

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MarkR said...

As someone who is already this side of the pond I am very much looking forward to this.

I'm just putting numbers together and then me and a few of my fellow student paramedics will be booking up.

Do you know what date you're doing the Q&A?

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

How exciting is this... wish I were on the correct side of the pond, Congrats for you and your co-hort, it's a huge honor that deserves a big hug.

InsomniacMedic said...

Thanks everyone for your comments! I replied the other day, relying on the technology that is mobile phones to send the message, but have only just seen it didn't work!
This really is an exciting time, watching this blog grow into something else, and I can't wait to meet at least some of you there.
The Q&A is planned for the 12th of August, but there are plenty of other nights too!
As for any overseas venues, we'll have to wait for a large corporate sponsor to put their hands in their pockets :)

Anonymous said...

Curses. My paymasters who I think is an admiral has sent me to sea. Good luck and I hope it goes well. Maybe it will pay the bank manager?

Ben RN medic

Sandra said...

Really enjoyed the play! Great to see you and the writer of the play!