People tell you the way to stay sane and happy in Edinburgh is to establish a routine. This is so you have your mind on other things than your show, so you get up, get out of bed and achieve things with your day. Which is a great idea, that is truly and wholly unrealistic.
Tonight I have a gig when I will be onstage at 2.25am. Technically, it’s tomorrow. I don’t know how to ﬁt this into my routine – in the four hours between my show and that am I meant to do a yoga class and take a calming walk? Should I tick oﬀ all my unread emails? Is this when I clean the kitchen at my ﬂat?
And what routine do I do during the day to prepare myself for being ready to perform at an hour where it’s not that far from being daylight again? Have I already ruined it by getting up at 10am? Should I have rescheduled all my meal times? When should I have a nap, how much coﬀee should I drink and when?
I’ve scoured the wellness blogs and there is nothing to help me with this predicament. I’ve scoured Goop but there’s no secret way to help you maintain a routine to perform in the early hours of the morning, and even if there was I’m sure it would be well out of my price range.
The only part of my routine I know I can maintain tonight is drunk-skyping my boyfriend in New Zealand in what, thanks to the time diﬀerence, will be a holy union of one person drunk and way too loud for their ﬂatmates while the other eats their breakfast.
Because while my routine is erratic, his days are mostly starting the same way: me video calling him late at night, drunk, saying “I think the Fringe has broken me”.
Anyway, if you’re out and about at 2.25 am tomorrow morning, come check me out at Late n Live!