Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Sewing Machine

Readers, this is a bit of a whiney post.  Sorry to whinge but it's only because I missed perhaps the best play of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Not because I didn't have tickets, mind you, but because I was late....  arrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhh....

Here's how it unfolded.  I received two tickets to the play called 'The Sewing Machine' and I immediately contacted Kristen who blogs over at KristenMakes to see if she wanted to go see it with me.  We set up plans to meet in George Square where the play was taking place at Assembly Three.  Right before we met up, I double checked my email and I see 'George Street' so I google the Assembly Theatres and sure enough the box office is on George Street.  I head over to George Street and stand in line for the box office and they inform me that indeed the Assembly Three tickets are over at the George Square box office (across town). Turns out there are two assembly theatres.  Luckily, Kristen is over at George Square.  I hop in a cab hoping to make it and get there with 5 minutes to spare.  I try to find Kristen in the sea of people and we connect and she has the tickets in hand.  We have a couple of minutes to find the theatre and we stop to ask someone working at the fringe and they inform us venue is nearby, we just need to go up a blue ramp and it's there.  We run around the square and can't see any signs for the theatre or any blue ramps!  When we are half way around the square we ask again and we had passed it!!  double arrrrrggghhh... turns out the blue ramp is hidden by a giant white tent.  The theatre is down some stairs behind a building.  We rush in and hand the lady our tickets only to hear 'I'm sorry we can't let you in because you're 7 minutes late and the show has already started'.  AHHHHHHHHHH

All was not lost. Kristen and I ended up having a great chat over tea at a nearby restaurant.  It was really nice to catch up on everything going on in our lives!  We both knew with the fringe ending that we missed our one chance of seeing the play.  Sigh, so I hope you'll forgive me for whining especially when I read such fabulous this one:

In the heart of South African apartheid, Magdaleen champions her treasured femininity far above her white race, seeking a sisterhood that will hold her together. Now, 81 and passing her last years in a retirement home, Magdaleen is to undo the seams of her identity as she sells her best friend, sister and confidante: the trusty sewing machine that had for so long threaded through every aspect of her life and hemmed in the fabric of her family.
The Sewing Machine is a one-woman masterpiece that has already completed more than 400 performances across South Africa, picking up countless awards along the way. Now, as part of collaboration between Wordsmith’s Theatre Factory and Assembly, The Sewing Machinehas come to share its quietly powerfully story with Edinburgh.
A feat of a script that is stunningly performed by Sandra Prinsloo, The Sewing Machine has a simple grace that leaves you tingling. With an understated brilliance, Prinsloo immediately locks the audience into an expectant trance, weaving us through her life experiences forever bound to her beloved sewing machine. Voices from past and present family and friends also intersperse the memories of Magdaleen, ringing out painfully, comfortingly or nostalgically within our protagonist’s moving tale.
Read a collection of reviews here.
Has this ever happened to you?  


  1. YES!!! My Mr had often spoken of his regret at never having seen one of his all-time favourite bands. Then one day I happened to see that they were coming to play at a nearby city, so I quickly checked the seating plan and painstakingly chose the most advantageous seats in the venue. Then, on the night of the show, as we were getting all dolled up and ready for a night on the town, we looked out the tickets and... the performance had been 4 days ago! We got the dates wrong! We were both so disappointed with ourselves to let such a mistake happen that we decided right then and there to never speak of it again! 

  2. Oh it HAS happened to me and I do so feel for you!!!! Perhaps it will return, sometimes these things do.  xo

  3. A reminder for all of us to check google or something firstx to know exactly where things are. I am sorry you missed it. It liooked like a great show.

  4. What a shame indeed!  You graciously left out the fact that we tried to go AGAIN, only I had to cancel due to a work crisis!  I'm so glad we got to hang out anyway, even if we missed such a fabulous play!

  5. I'm so sorry you missed the play! I've also missed things I very much wanted to see, but in my case the fault lay more in my tardiness in getting tickets than in google issues+bad directions. Always so sad to read raving reviews afterwards... =(

  6. Yes this has happened to me! One time I was over 15 minutes late to jiu jitsu (class is 90 minutes long), and our teacher pulled me over and told me not to be late again. When I was in college we had a physics professor who locked the doors of the lecture room after 15 min, so you couldn't attend class at all.

  7. Debi_myhappysewingplaceAugust 27, 2012 7:28 PM

    Oh man! I can definitely sympathize with getting the date wrong.  Once my sister and I missed a flight out of Paris going back to the States because we thought it was on another day!!!  Once we knew we could get back soon, then it was fine! Though our family doesn't really let us live it down!!

  8. Debi_myhappysewingplaceAugust 27, 2012 7:28 PM

    I really hope it does return. I think it would be fantastic to see!

  9. Debi_myhappysewingplaceAugust 27, 2012 7:28 PM

    Thanks Patti!

  10. Debi_myhappysewingplaceAugust 27, 2012 7:29 PM

    Me too! Who knows...maybe it will come back next year!

  11. Debi_myhappysewingplaceAugust 27, 2012 7:29 PM

    I've heard of professors doing that here too!!


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