Closing It Out
Written by Julian Lopez-Morillas   
Monday, 13 August 2012 06:49

    Our final performance is today. Our audiences have improved a bit, and some very enthusiastic responses from some knowledgeable people have reaffirmed our belief in the appeal and value of the show. It's likely that this is the last time I'll be performing it, for the foreseeable future at least. I've grown tired, not of performing the show, but of promoting it-- the amount of work it takes to reach an audience who is interested enough in poetry and the history of letters to make it worth presenting. So I'm ready to turn the page and move on to other things.

    The experience of being in Edinburgh as part of the Fringe and performing the show here, even to small audiences, has been exhilarating. All four of us agree that it's an indelible experience none of us will ever forget. As to whether we were able to take the Fringe by storm, with producers elbowing each other out of the way for the privilege of taking it to the West End, Broadway and a subsequent world tour... well, the Olympics ended last night, and I feel like the (hypothetical) Latvian shot-putter who finishes somewhere in the bottom five, miles out of medal contention: it was an honor and a triumph just to participate. And after watching the closing ceremonies, I can affirm with Eric Idle: "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" (whistling of jaunty tune).

    We've taken advantage of having the car for a couple of day trips: on Saturday all four of us took a run down to the Border Abbeys some forty miles to the south, where we visited Melrose:

 

...and Dryburgh:

    So tomorrow, we go our separate ways: Michael and Jeffra to Dublin and then to London, Jannie and I to the Highlands and the Islands. Occasional postings will follow for those who want to see the Hebridean scenery-- but the Edinburgh Experiment is almost over. We'll leave you with a few more scenes from the party on the Royal Mile:

 

    God b'wi'ye, dear friends. hope you've enjoyed the ride.

                   Julian