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If you have a bit of time to spare, how about going along to the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh for this Fringe Show? Proceeds to military charities.
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FRINGE SHOW AT THE ROYAL SCOTS CLUB RAISING FUNDS
FOR THE ROYAL SCOTS BENEVOLENT FUND.
Royal Scots Club member Paul Finegan has written a series of modern war poems entitled Afghan Days, Babylon Nights, which has been adapted as a Gripping Theatre Performance to raise funds for Military Charities.

The show is being Premiered at the Fringe with all proceeds going to the Royal Scots Benevolent Fund and is being performed at the Hepburn Suite at the Royal Scots Club on the 8th 9th 10th and the 15th 16th 17th of
August at 11a.m. until 12 noon. Tickets are £9 and £7 for serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families and members of the Royal British Legion. These concessionary tickets can be bought from the Royal Scots Club on 0131.556.4270. Phone now to reserve a £2 off ticket.

All proceeds will go to the Royal Scots Benevolent Fund.

The show is an hour’s long dramatic Theatre Performance with two actors and is accompanied by powerful vivid images and evocative music. Responses from the public and local ex military include:

‘ Compelling’, ‘Extraordinary’. ‘Poignant, moving, profound’.

‘An imaginative tribute to the soldiers of this, and any age.’

‘Caught the essence of soldiering and brought home the debt owed to our Armed Services.’
 
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I'd go, but sadly I'm only there the days they're not performing.

Good luck and I hope they raise a wad of dosh (or whatever the Scottish equivalent is).
 

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Just a bump to remind people that this show has started its run. I hope to go tomorrow and will let you know how it goes.
 

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I went to this show last Friday and I was very surprised - I thoroughly enjoyed it!! :) I had been expecting a recitation of poetry a la 'Arty Farty' style - this was anything but.

The show is presented by two actors, one of whom wrote the poetry. I had a chance to talk to the guys after the show and was surprised to learn that neither had a military background, other than they had relatives who have/are serving. They certainly picked up the squaddie mindset and the readings were just the sort of words, comments, thoughts that could have been found in most teeth arm barrack rooms/ platoon bases. It was pithy, straight to the point and current; had pathos as well as humour. The work is accompanied by a slide presentation of photos from Afghanistan and are properly accredited to MoD Images.

The poetry/prose was about Afghanistan but could have been set in most conflicts of recent years.

The performers were dressed in tan slacks and shirts with boots; not a uniform but not exactly civvies either, it was nicely judged and just right. The delivery was excellent and the poetry/prose was easy to follow and very understandable.

The cost for an hour's entertainment was just £7 for ex serving personnel and £10 for others. This is, IMO well worth it.

I am not normally a poetry lover but I would recommend this show to anyone who has the chance to see it. All proceeds are going to charity - in this instance the Royal Scots Benevolent Fund. If you can't make it along to the Edinburgh show then look out for it as they do present this round the country when they have time - both are part time actors and have other jobs.

AFGHAN DAYS, BABYLON NIGHTS by Paul Finnegan, performed by Anthony Mulligan and Paul Finnegan
At The Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh 15,16,17 August at 11 am.
 

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