For all its open generosity, this is still a fiercely competitive environment. There is an almost tangible freedom of expression in the air. Social barriers are lifted and punters feel able to tell you what they think without reticence or formality.
Inevitably I have developed another layer of skin as a result. Our show is doing well, but I'm still left wondering why performers return year after year. Everyone seems to be losing money. But I suppose for those with artistic integrity there is still no better forum for experimental work. After all, it is simply a massive trade fair and you never know who might buy your wares.
Rebecca Lacey is in `It's Not the End of the World', Pleasance, Venue 33, 4pm, to 30 AugReuse content