+3 Interview: Guy Masterson: Love and Canine Integration


“The story is autobiographical and it does what it says on the tin. I have been telling these anecdotes in the pub for years.”

WHO: Guy Masterson, Comedian

WHAT: “On a hovercraft, no one can hear you bark… Fringe legend and Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson’s uproarious tales of woe, a dog and transcontinental wedlock. The dog came with a package… it could not be abandoned in Paris, and the next eight years tested everything: marriage, career and sanity. A tormented, often hysterical life of poo, piss and pooches.”

WHERE: Assembly Roxy (Venue 139) 

WHEN: 17:40 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my 23rd consecutive fringe and I have presented over 100 shows over that time – plus I have performed at least once during each of those Fringes. Most of those shows have been at Assembly Rooms/Assembly Festival with 5 at the Traverse and 3 at the Pleasance.

I have been lucky enough to be associated with some of the biggest hits at the fringe over that time with lots of awards and nominations. I am proud to have introduced the likes of John Clancy and David Calvitto to Edinburgh and mounting big theatre pieces such as 12 Angry Men and The Odd Couple – both starring Bill Bailey.

I have also focused on developing solo talent and several terrific shows that have come through my company have been running for over 20 years including Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm, Shylock and Adolf (with Pip Utton). Dyad Productions (Rebecca Vaughan and Elton Townend-Jones) started up with two productions that I presented & directed (Austen’s Women and I, Elizabeth). Scamp Theatre (Jenny Sutherland and Louise Callow) also started out with me. One of my proudest achievements was to bring a 13 year dream to the stage with Morecambe and then see it transfer to the West End and triumph at the Olivier Awards.

That illustrates what Edinburgh can do. It’s been a long journey!

Tell us about your show.

This is my first foray into the “comedy section” of the Fringe Bible. I wrote the piece and am producing. It is a world premiere in Edinburgh and – if it gets a good response – it will tour and maybe open up a few avenues that are not available to theatre people.

The story is autobiographical and it does what it says on the tin. I have been telling these anecdotes in the pub for years. Now I have put them together into an hour with an arc! Hopefully the audience will get a kick out of it – especially those who live with dogs!

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

Well, I would obviously urge them to see my other two shows Shylock and Chopping Chillies – with the delightful Clair Whitefield, which I first saw on the Free Fringe last year and have expanded and developed with her for a return to Assembly Festival…

but I would certainly recommend all Gavin Robertson’s work – because I do think he’s a genius, Bex Vaughan’s Jane Eyre and the eponymous Pip Utton (in anything) – and – on the comedy side – always the incredible Phil Nichol. There are too many others deserving of a recommendation it’s hard to know where to start but good luck to all of them.



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