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Edinburgh Fringe session to help performers with anxiety

Festivalgoers throng the Royal Mile at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Photo: Lou Armor/Shutterstock

A free workshop for performers suffering from anxiety will be held at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and explore how breathing exercises can help them overcome their nerves.

Conquering Performance Anxiety will take place on August 20 at Fringe Central. It is being run by GP Pippa Wheble in association with Equity.

Wheble is also a trainer in a technique known as Transformational Breath, which helps performers “open up the full potential of their breathing system for better physical and emotional well-being”.

The workshop comes after performers opened up about the impact anxiety has had on their careers, including Broadway star Patti Murin.

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Wheble, who has a background in performance and who also suffered from performance anxiety, said the two-hour session at the Edinburgh Fringe will begin with a talk about “how it manifests in the body”.

It will explore “why anxiety is good for us as performers” but also the problems that can then occur.

“I will talk about how breathing can be a really direct tool for managing anxiety in those performance situations and techniques that can help with that,” she said, adding that performers will also take part in a practical taster session of Transformational Breath.