Have you ever been to The Edinburgh Dungeon? If you have then you will know that it is the ultimate experience for scary fun in the capital. If you haven't then I suggest you add it to your must do list for a funnily frightening time in the city.
I bet as you wandered around in the semi-darkness your adrenaline was pumping far too hard to think about the huge amount of work that goes in to running such a spookily busy attraction. To be honest I hadn't either until I received an invite to a fun blogger night to get an exclusive look behind the scenes and it was a real eye opener, well I might have closed my eyes once or twice!
First we were given a make-up demonstration and a lucky volunteer had the opportunity to have a less than glamorous make-under as we learned the tricks of the trade including the use of eyelash glue to create boils, nice!
I was surprised to learn the rigorous auditioning that a potential Dungeon actor has to go through and I didn't realise that they have to play a number of characters which means perfecting several parts and scripts. I have always been impressed at how convincing the actors are and even though we met a few of them out of character at the beginning, their creepy and humorous performances during the show previews had me believing every word.
Stumbling around in darkened rooms definitely helps create a spooky tension and as we found out also handily hides technical spoilers such as speakers and wires. We got the rare opportunity to explore with the lights on and find out more about the work, props and preparation that goes into designing each set.
Of course, getting this kind of exclusive access comes at a price and for us it was a sneak preview of their current show 'The Green Lady' and their new Jack the Ripper themed show 'Where's Jack?'. If we thought we would escape the night without being plunged into darkness and brought face to face with some terrifying characters we were wrong. All the hard work behind the scenes certainly paid off with both shows eliciting plenty of screams and laughter from the previously fearless bloggers!
This was one of the most fun nights out I have had in ages and a good reminder of why The Edinburgh Dungeon is one of the top attractions in the city. They also have an amazing shop and I was lucky enough to get a gift bag with some of their brilliantly unique and ghoulish gifts, I particularly love the syringe pen filled with blood.
If you are brave enough to book for one of their popular shows or to find out more you can visit their website at http://www.thedungeons.com/edinburgh/en/
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