+3 Interview: You Have a Match

“The play has gone from strength to strength, we’ve changed up the ending and developed the characters so they are even more well rounded and, we hope, charming.”

WHO: Zoe Alice-Woodruff: Actor/Writer/Producer

WHAT: “Two girls take on the world of app store dating. In a society where its easier to swipe right then say ‘Hi, how are you?’, where is the line between a serial dating addict and someone longing for more? Tegan is straight. Riley is gay. They have been best friends since their school trip disco disaster and have shared everything: from fake tan mitts to condom collections… except sexual conquests. Watch as they deconstruct their co-dependency, pack for the dating trip of a lifetime, and swipe through the world of easy hookups and awkwardly going dutch.”

WHERE: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall – Theatre 3
22:15 (Venue 53) 

WHEN: 22:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

It is indeed! For half the company (there are only two of us) it’s her first time in Edinburgh full stop. For the other, she’s been up a fair few times to watch things but never to perform. We sold out our run in London last year at The Bread and Roses and then did two very successful runs of the show at Theatre 503 and Canal Cafe, and decided it was time to tick something off the bucket list and bring You Have Match, written and produced by us, to the Fringe!! Thus far – it’s been an adventure, it is as intense as we expected with a little more sunshine than anticipated so that’s been a delight. Today is our first day of the run and we are very excited to get flyering! Come at us Edinburgh!!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

Our biggest thing is today Anuschka turned 26.

No I joke, we’ve had a good year, we’ve both started new muggle jobs that are slightly less soul-sucking than the last, Nush’s boyfriend moved into her flat with her and Zoe (that’s me) has bleached all the colour out of her hair and now regularly get’s mistaken for Swedish – so that’s fun!

The play has gone from strength to strength, we’ve changed up the ending and developed the characters so they are even more well rounded and, we hope, charming, and we had an incredibly successful preview at Theatre 503.

Tell us about your show.

We wrote it. We produced it. We sing the theme too.

We met in a restaurant in 2016, in the middle of August, when we’d rather have been doing anything else than putting cutlery out at 9 o’clock in the morning. Anuschka’s first words to me were ‘I don’t usually train the newbies’ and with that, a great friendship was born.

About 6 months later, just after I got fired (if you ask me I will tell you why – it makes me laugh) we pooled their creative minds, put pen to ordering pad, poured out the Savvy B and decided to take on the world of New Writing. And the rest is, as they say, a hangover.

We performed You Have A Match at The Bread and Roses last year and sold out all 3 nights! We have also been part of The Pub Theatre Festival, and we’ve performed at Canal Cafe and Theatre 503. Our goals for 2020 are taking the show to The Vaults festival, and a small scale national tour (if we can get the funding! Don’t think we’ll be able to do that on the fly like we did this year.) and then we do have plans for a potential web series down the line. But all in good time my friend, all in good time.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Unless you’re our parents, who’ve seen the show about 20 times between them, no one needs to come back and see us again – we’ll be happy with the once!

We highly recommend Tumours, a play about a girl about to turn 27 who is convinced she is going to die and join the 27 club, even though there is absolutely no reason for her to think that in a logical world! It is so beautifully written, and laugh out loud funny with the same heartwarming love at the centre of it that we hope You Have A Match has. Ashleigh is a brilliant writer, and her piece is glorious, and we implore everyone to go and watch it.

We also think Butterflies at Zoo Playground would be right up the street of our audiences! It is a story about three women, and an endless stream of notifications told through revenge porn (!) and monologues which to us is really interesting and exciting. I think our audiences would really resonate with it as it again female-fronted theatre-making waves.

I think our last recommendation would have to be I’m Coming because quite frankly, a story about the journey to a woman’s first orgasm is something everyone needs to see! A male friend of mine and his girlfriend went to see it yesterday and he said he was ‘enlightened!’ with eyes wide.


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+3 Interview: Taboo

“I rediscovered my love for surfing. I LOVE IT. It makes me feel at peace and it is the perfect time-out. Of course, I don´t look very graceful on a board (yet) but it is all about the fun and the balance in life.”

WHO: Karin Schmid: writer, producer, performer

WHAT: “A fictitious talk show with a live audience, featuring a guest from the afterlife. Impossible? Maybe exactly as impossible as the image of the ideal woman, a topic that the play seeks to address. The highlight of the evening: Käthe Petersen. A seemingly selfless social worker who was active between the years 1932 and 1966 in Germany. Behind the facade of medals lies a bottomless pit… Against the backdrop of this historical figure, we put concepts such as female sexual self-determination up for discussion.”

WHERE: Sweet Novotel – Novotel 2 (Venue 188) 

WHEN: 14:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

It has been a dream of mine to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for a while. So I visited Edinburgh last summer to get a feeling for the Festival before actually participating and I think it helped in terms of preparation and I am now super excited to be here for the full run.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

I was very proud that for the very first time a play I had written, had been translated into English – this is how TABU became TABOO, and I started to prepare my tour to Brighton and Edinburgh. 2018 I also rediscovered my love for surfing. I LOVE IT. It makes me feel at peace and it is the perfect time-out. Of course, I don´t look very graceful on a board (yet) but it is all about the fun and the balance in life.

Tell us about your show.

I wrote TABOO after stumbling over an article about a little known but very influential woman during the NAZI era and beyond. She fascinated me so much, that I started researching and one year later, I had a one-woman-show on my hands. It is special to me, as it gives victims of that time a voice and unravels a part of history, that has been widely overlooked but still has an influence on what we expect in women today.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

There are a lot of amazing one-woman-shows at the EdFringe this year. I have seen a view and my favorites are “Love Bites” which is a mix of cabaret and variety beautifully performed by Fifi Larouge and “Brandi Alexander” by Tatiana Pavela which moved me deeply as it takes a brutally honest look at the aftermath of rape.


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+3 Interview: 10:31, MCR

“I have graduated and landed my dream job in a regional theatre down south, but all this can never compare to the thrill of coming out of university and learning how to adult properly. I burn my toast 3 days out of 5.”

WHO: Fabiana Sforza: Writer and Director

WHAT: “‘I am going to write a book about this. The goings on of tonight. The events.’ More than two years on from the Manchester Arena terror attack, 10:31, MCR reflects on the impact the tragedy has had on the younger generations, and presents a new verbatim play that mixes voices and stories from different age groups, different backgrounds, different beliefs, and different times.”

WHERE: theSpace on the Mile – Space 1 (Venue 39) 

WHEN: 14:10 (45 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Yes – it is so exciting and terrifying at the same time! My company and I have only been here one day, and we are already in love with the city and its festival buzz. We got to meet lots of different performers and theatre companies from all over the country, and it has already been incredibly eye-opening. We cannot wait to not only perform on the Edinburgh stage for the first time, but also to check out the amazing range of talent that this year’s Festival promises to have. The programme looks incredible, and we are sure this is going to be an experience we will not forget (especially the 9 hour overnight Megabus journey – that we will NEVER forget).

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

I remember wanting to apply for last year’s Festival but being too scared and just letting it go. I also remember sitting on my sofa catching up with friends who were at the Fringe and feeling like I had missed out on something really really exciting. So the biggest thing to have happened to me is probably gaining the courage to just do it and bring a show up! I have also graduated and landed my dream job in a regional theatre down south, but all this can never compare to the thrill of coming out of university and learning how to adult properly. I burn my toast 3 days out of 5.

Tell us about your show.

10:31, MCR is a project I have been working on for the past two years as part of my Masters by Dissertation. I was inspired by Carly Wijs’ play Us/Them, which talks about the Beslan school siege of 2004 from the point of view of two children survivors. Wijs was herself inspired by the astounding resilience of the young survivors, and their willingness to move past the incident and grow stronger from it. When the Manchester attack happened in 2017, I remember seeing headlines day after day becoming more and more hateful towards certain religious groups and ethnic minorities, using photos of the victims to instigate racist and islamophobic propagandas. This was when I decided I wanted to write a play that aimed to give a voice back to the young people who were involved in the accident. This is why I worked with a group of local young people discussing the attack and the mediatic response it had received. The RnD process also included getting in touch with Liv’s Trust, a charity funded in honour and memory of Olivia Campbell-Hardy, a victim of the Manchester attack. Liv’s mum and dad were very supportive and encouraged us to share rehearsal pictures with them. I also collected interviews and vlogs from the internet, and pieced them together to portray a different view of the attack altogether, one which shifted away from the divisive agendas the media had been pushing on viewers/readers.

Our company is made up by a few university friends; we have worked on different productions together so we knew we could easily do it again! My production manager, Esther Malkinson, has been to the Fringe for four years now, and is a real connoisseur of all things festival. She is in charge of our budget, our admin, she makes sure we don’t get lost in the city whilst scouting for shows, she ensures we eat properly and also operates the show – she’s a powerhouse! Ciaran Forde, Rio Topley and Megan Sharman act in the play, but also make sure we do at least a rendition a day of Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work”‘s harmonies. This can happen at any time and in any place (if you were on the Mile at about 630pm today, we are so sorry).

We premiered the show in London in early August at the Drayton Arms theatre, and were absolutely overwhelmed with support and positive feedback from lots of people, which made us even more excited to go to Edinburgh! Looking forward, we would love to make sure the play travels the country and hopefully introduce workshops for young people around the theme treated.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

After you watched 10:31, MCR, you must get yourself down the road (theSpace on North Bridge) to see Tally Ho, Secret Several! by Aireborne theatre. This comedic twist of a classic story will have you in stitches!
Also, make sure to catch #HonestAmy at the Pleasance Dome – I have been following Amy on Twitter for a while and she is absolutely hilarious. If you’re looking for a feel-good show, this is the one!


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+3 Interview: Votes for Women!

“I finally qualified for a free bus pass.”

WHO: Jan van der Black: Writer/Performer

WHAT: “The story of Emmeline and Richard Pankhurst and the suffragette movement. This couple were the architects of two of the greatest steps forward in the fight for women’s rights in Britain. In Votes for Women!, Polymorph Theatre examine what brought these two remarkable people together and the effect they would have on the cause of women’s rights. Richard Pankhurst was the champion of women’s property rights, while Emmeline Pankhurst drove the fight for women’s suffrage to new heights and new notoriety. Tragically separated by Richard’s untimely death, the campaign continued. Votes For Women!”

WHERE: theSpaceTriplex – Studio (Venue 38) 

WHEN: 13:55 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Very much not our first time! As a performer, I first came here about 30 years ago, but Polymorph Theatre started 4 years ago and we have returned again and again to our venue, Space Triplex.

We sold out a two week run of 10 Rillington Place in 2017, a one-person show, and last year sold out a week with a two-hander, Dulce et Decorum Est: The Unknown Soldiers.

This year we are back with another two-hander in Votes for Women.

Edinburgh Fringe is my guaranteed stage outing for the year, most of my regular work being for screen.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

Probably the biggest name thing I’ve been in professionally is Black Mirror, the Netflix TV series which I was in last year.

Personally, the most significant thing is that last year I finally qualified for a free bus pass.

Tell us about your show.

The show is called Votes for Women. I wrote and produced it.

Polymorph Theatre is the name I’ve used for the production of all my own work for many years, but four years ago it effectively became a creative partnership between myself and Penny Gkritzapi, who designs and directs the shows. We met doing our respective postgraduate degrees (me in Acting, Penny in Directing) at the University of East London.

We’re joined this year by another former classmate, Emilie Maybank, who is playing Emmeline Pankhurst in the show, and who this year has the responsibility of the lead character.

The show was written specifically for Edinburgh, so it’s brand new and premiering at the Fringe.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

I am a big fan of two things – improv and magic. So I’m going to recommend “Whose Line is it Anyway?” which I’m sure everyone will have heard of. I’m also going to recommend Colin Cloud, a mentalist (mind reader) who is stunningly entertaining.


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+3 Interview: Man vs Balloon: The Family Magic Show

“I saw some potential in mixing balloons with magic and now have a full show that uses both!”

WHO: Gareth White: performer, writer, producer

WHAT: “Witness a magical extravaganza where you will marvel at The Biggest Balloon in the World and risk your dryness at the ultimate game of Water Pistol Roulette! All live on stage in front of your very eyes! Man vs Balloon is the ultimate family show featuring magic tricks galore, comedy shenanigans and, of course, The Biggest Balloon in the World, all from Scotland’s very own Magic Gareth who will blow your minds – and his balloons – with a magical spectacular of epic and unimaginable proportions!”

WHERE: PBH’s Free Fringe @ CC Blooms – CC Blooms (Venue 171) 

WHEN: 11:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I am an Edinburgh local. Normally I am on the other side of the stage getting to watch the world’s entertainment. This is an exciting venture for me! I already have a small following in the City as this is my full-time job now. I would love to expand my following to visitors around the world!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

This year I turned full-time professional magician. I left behind my coffee sales job and took the plunge and haven’t looked back!

Tell us about your show.

This is a culmination of my past 10 months being a full-time entertainer. I saw some potential in mixing balloons with magic and now have a full show that uses both!

I wrote the show, I produce the show and I perform the show.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

You should stick around at my venue – CC Blooms! There is a lot of magic for all ages, all day! Dan Bastanelli – Trixated – in particular.


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+3 Interview: Martha McBrier: Happiness Bully

“I love the Edinburgh Fringe with an ardency that has not diminished. Even completing this interview makes my vital organs tingle with excitement.”

WHO: Martha McBrier

WHAT: “Don’t be bullied into cheering up or thinking positive. Don’t let anyone tell you how or when to be happy. Stand up to happiness bullies. Frown, it’s already happened. Come and celebrate misery and country music, but don’t jump off the Tallahatchie Bridge. ‘Pure, dead, brilliant’ ***** (Scotsman). Let’s have a drink, put on some Johnny or Dolly and ride that lonesome train together. And remember, your life will never be as bad as Tammy Wynette’s… ‘A knack for funny storytelling’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘A naturally charismatic story teller’ **** (Fest).”

WHERE: Laughing Horse @ The Counting House – The Loft (Venue 170) 

WHEN: 19:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This will be my 13th show (including 2 children’s shows) so not my first rodeo. I do not believe the number 13 to be a harbinger of misfortune, although I will get back to you on this after the Fringe…

I love the Edinburgh Fringe with an ardency that has not diminished. Even completing this interview makes my vital organs tingle with excitement.

Personal triumphs-wise, I once stood beside Christian Slater at the Comedy Awards. He had the most perfect complexion I have ever seen.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

Professional biggies – I wrote a screenplay and a novel. I learned how to laminate. I am still afraid of laminators though, I find heat and plastic a very troubling combination. Also, I discovered I can make a darn good ramen.
Personal biggies – I am a sucker for lifestyle ads that pop up on social media. I have just purchased Acupressure slippers. This seemed to be a most well-being -y thing to do, and I fantasised about walking around as my important pressure points were attended to. Oh, the multi-tasking! Tragically, the reality is not so pretty. You know the abject torture of standing on a piece of Lego in bare feet? Imagine that sensation all over your feet, every step you walk.

Tell us about your show.

Easy Peasy. Yours Truly wrote the show. ‘Twas directed by my nephew the handsome and talented actor/director Matt McBrier. I have a massive team of 2. The company came together largely out of biology, as many families do. It is premier -ing (is that a word) at the Fringe so it’s just as new to me as it is to anybody else.

A happiness bully is someone who tries to pressure people into feeling ‘positive’ usually at a moment when the person is in the depths of despair. The show discusses this behaviour and also country music and suicide – comedy perennials, n’est-ce pas? It would be good to get more people talking about suicide. Let’s get it out there- chew it around. It will then become a less scary topic and we can maybe prevent our young men dying from it.

Post Edinburgh, who can say? It’s in the lap of the goddesses. Of course, the dream is to present my own Country Music Radio show. The ongoing theme would be to deconstruct Bobbie Gentrie’s masterpiece ‘Ode to Billy Joe’ (which features in my show). I should totally pitch that…

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

My personal Fringe recommendations are Sarah Kendall, Basil Brush, (obvs), Matt price, Janey Godley, Jojo Sutherland, Dave Chawner, and White Collar Comedy, and also go and see a play – any play – as theatre is dying at the Fringe, and we can’t have that.


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+3 Interview: Langston Kerman: The Loose Cannon

“I’ve performed it quite a bit in the states over the past few months and mostly audiences have booed me and called me a whore. That has nothing to do with the material though, they just don’t care for me as a person.”

WHO: Langston Kerman, Performer

WHAT: “Langston Kerman discusses the unexpected revelations coming from living with a convicted sex offender, questioning how these discoveries might prepare him to be a better man in the world, a better lover in the vagina and a better husband in his pending marriage. Best known as Jared from HBO’s Insecure, Langston has also starred in High Maintenance, Seth Rogan’s Singularity and Adam Devine’s House Party, and has written for the Oscars. His show Lightskinned Feelings was one of Vulture’s Top 10 Comedy Albums 2018. ‘You’ll want to hear what the man has to say’ (Paste).”

WHERE: Underbelly, Bristo Square – Jersey (Venue 302) 

WHEN: 19:45 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Yes, this is my first time in Edinburgh. And over the past three months, I’ve been hit with an unending wave of terror struck warnings as people prepare for the hardships I’m about to face. Half-empty rooms, unflinching reviewers, discarded flyers exploded across the ground like the corpses of Mel Gibson’s painted friends in Braveheart. Mostly, I’m just excited to tell jokes, listen to some shit I’ve never heard, and maybe find a black barbershop. I really believe in my hour, and hopefully, a chance to run it every day for a month is going to make it so that other people really believe in it too.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

I got engaged almost a year ago to this day, which is probably the biggest thing to ever happen to me, and may explain why my writing has mostly been about that. I’ve to get these jokes out now before our bank accounts are fully joined and she finds out that personal debt isn’t just a silly “bit”.

This will also be my third international comedy festival in the past year. I’ve gotten to drink Guinness in Dublin and pet koalas in Melbourne and now I get to stare at old castles in Edinburgh and whisper Harry Potter spells under my breath.

Oh, also this year I found out that prunes are just dried out plums. That honestly was a huge game-changer for me.

Tell us about your show.

My show is called The Loose Cannon. It’s at the Underbelly every night at 7:45pm. I wrote the whole thing by myself, which is why so many of the words are misspelt. It’s about falling in love and sex offenders and somehow trying to find the happy medium in-between those two things. I’ve performed it quite a bit in the states over the past few months and mostly audiences have booed me and called me a whore. That has nothing to do with the material though, they just don’t care for me as a person. In all seriousness though, I’m really excited to follow this Edinburgh run with a run of as many clubs and rooms back home. This feels like a perfect way to sharpen what has already turned into a pretty cool sword.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

I’m excited to check out so many awesome comics while I’m there: Liza Treyger, Dan Soder, Catherine Bohart, Emmy Blotnick, Sarah Keyworth, Sean Patton, Dr. Phil, Mr. Clean, The Muppets if they’re performing. I don’t know, there are a shit ton of shows and I just want to get high after my sets and watch them all.


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+3 Interview: Endless Second

“I’ve pretty much grown up on fringe theatre.”

WHO: Madelaine Gray

WHAT: “A new play about consent within a relationship. A young couple at university have fallen in love. They listen to each other. They respect each other. But everything changes after a drunken evening with their friends. On this night, when he takes off her underwear and his boxers, she says, ‘No’. But he doesn’t stop. She struggles to assimilate the rape for what it was, because how could it be rape? He loves her. He couldn’t have done that. Endless Second explores how two people deal with a trauma that fundamentally alters the nature of their relationship.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Below (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 15:10 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I have family in Edinburgh so I’ve pretty much grown up on fringe theatre. Endless Second will be show eight for me, so by now I really should know my way around! I’m looking forward to long hours in dark, damp rooms with lukewarm pints and I’m ready to be rejected on the mile many, many times.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

Biggest thing? Well, I’m quite an excitable person so even finding reduced red pepper hummus in my local corner shop was a massive deal for me. Oh, and I graduated from my MA and got to shake Grayson Perry’s hand.

Tell us about your show.

Endless Second is a two-hander about consent within a relationship, written by Theo Toksvig-Stewart and produced by Cut the Cord Theatre which is run by Camilla Gurtler. We premiered at Theatre503 back in January which gave us time to work on the text and bring it back tighter and better to 503 for our Edinburgh previews. The future? Who knows… We plan to take the play to schools and universities alongside our consent workshops for young people. We’d love for this show to have a long life either in London or around the country as we feel the theme and messages are relevant and timely to so many people.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

You should definitely check out our sister show I Run, at Pleasance Below (13:55). It’s on directly before us… intense theatrical double bill anyone?


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+3 Interview: Frank Foucault: Desk

“I watched Love Island for the first time. I have no idea why I’d never seen it before. If you’re resisting it, just watch one episode. It’s blown me away. It’s like watching Breaking Bad or Twin Peaks for the first time. It simultaneously presents the absolute worst and absolute best aspects of humanity.”

WHO: Luke Smith: writer and performer

WHAT: “Thump. James Corden hears a thump underneath his chat-show desk. Thump. It’s the evening before the start of his American talk-show career. Thump. This is not a stand-up show. Thump. But it’s written and created by my stand-up comedy persona. Thump. I understand that’s confusing. Thump. I hope you enjoy it. Thump. Thump. Love. Thump. Thump. Ego. Thump. Thump. Death. Thump. Thump. Sex. Thump. Thump. The Desk. ‘Baffling and daring’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘A tiny work of comic genius’ (Scotsman). ‘His real name is Luke Smith’ (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).”

WHERE: Paradise in The Vault – The Annexe (Venue 29) 

WHEN: 21:55 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I’ve been coming up to the fringe in some sort of performing capacity since 2014. Each year I feel like I’m stepping right back into an anxiety dream, exactly where it had stopped the year before. It’s great though. Doing the fringe is like fighting a boxer that will sometimes punch you in the face and sometimes give you a bouquet of flowers.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

I watched Love Island for the first time. I have no idea why I’d never seen it before. If you’re resisting it, just watch one episode. It’s blown me away. It’s like watching Breaking Bad or Twin Peaks for the first time. It simultaneously presents the absolute worst and absolute best aspects of humanity. Just amazing television. Oh yeah, I went on a teaching course, moved to London, wrote a show and had a complete career change.. but it’s mainly the Love Island thing to be honest.

Tell us about your show.

We’ve been previewing it since Feb, but the idea had been knocking around the old noggin for about a year before then. I wrote it and persuaded the great Rosie Harris to direct it. Neither of us had done anything like this before. It’s a hybrid between stand-up and theatre and we couldn’t really predict what shape it would take until we started previewing it at comedy festivals. We would love to take it somewhere after this month, but a show like this really feels at home at the Edinburgh Fringe.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

The Death Hilarious: Razor. Incredibly funny, dark virtuoso performance from one of the most hard working people in comedy. Grotesque, beautiful, hilarious.


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+3 Interview: Hyper-Nice

“I had just started chemotherapy during last year’s fringe – I thought at the time I looked great. Having reviewed the photographic records turned out I looked like a duck egg wearing spectacles.”

WHO: David Watson: Solo Performer

WHAT: “Aspiring to be more vacuous? Thanking strangers for no reason? Hyper-Nice is a new, original, one person stand-up show in which David Watson mostly apologises for breathing and tries to be “nice”. It seems sorry is not the hardest word. Incisive social comedy.”

WHERE: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall – Haldane Theatre (Venue 53) 

WHEN: 17:20 (50 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I’ve been to the festival 5 or 6 times, as a punter and as a writer and director, but I’ve Never performed before. I’m doing a 1 man show, having done a bit of stand up in the past, mostly at home in Liverpool. What am I expecting? The ticket sales for my week look ok, but I’m all over the 2 audience members on a wet Tuesday situation and expecting it again. Doesn’t bother me one bit (he says now). I remember late-night drinking and possibly the best funk disco I ever attended in my life with cans of red stripe being distributed from dustbins – different times. I remember the faces of the poor residents marching past curiously dressed promotors with looks of disdain.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

This answer was going to be straightforward until I read the stipulation “try and make the reader smile”. I had just started chemotherapy during last year’s fringe – I thought at the time I looked great. Having reviewed the photographic records turned out I looked like a duck egg wearing spectacles … and the weight loss was nowhere near sufficient for my purposes either. Anyway, much better now and I guess this 45-minute show (WHICH CONTAINS NO MENTION OF CANCER) is a reaction to that, I may as well just as well be jumping out of a plane or seeking to ride a bull…

Tell us about your show.

It’s a one-man stand-up show written and performed by me, and it contains, I would say, moments of genius, and, it will probably transpire some filler. It’s about being gauche and English and apologising too much, and getting off on the gratitude of others.

I did a free Liverpool show two weeks ago to about 90 mates and mates of mates. It was fun and chaotic, and I’ve toned down the swearing. No plans for after the fringe yet Burt probably a London show at some stage … and a lot of radio work (that was a joke).

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Jonny Pelham: Off Limits – amazing subject matter, which doesn’t sound like it should ever be the subject of comedy, which is why it should.


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