National Gallery picture of front of building

National Gallery Portrait Stage Performance

As part of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe magic programme the National Gallery of Scotland hosted a showcase of EdFringe acts on a few evenings in August. I was excited to be invited to perform as part of the event.

Similar to the National Museum of Scotland’s Museum After Hours in Edinburgh, the evening featured acts from across the fringe genres from magic to comedy to performing arts.

Set in the rather wonderful Portrait Gallery it really feels like a classy affair. Set in the foyer surrounded by art the stage sits at one end of the room with over 100 guests seated watching the acts.

Hosted by a compare, the event is a lot more relaxed than the museum after hours and invites guests to relax and be entertained by the best of the fringe.

Sharing the stage with various comedians of the evening my act really gave the audience a change of pace following the interval. Opening the second half I was all about audience involvement, as all of my shows always are. They rely on people getting involved and the audience were excited to be a part of the show.

It was a genuine pleasure to be part of the event and I hope they continue to run the event in the future. Keep your eyes peeled on their website for announcements coming for the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If you haven’t yet had a look at the EdFringe website head over and check out all of the amazing acts on at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017.

See Aaron Calvert: AWAKEN

La Belle Angele (Venue 301)

5 – 27 August 2017

1:30pm Daily


Written by Aaron Calvert & Sam Fitton

Directed by Sam Fitton

In association with Lost Luggage Productions & Triple A Media