+3 Interview: Andrew White: Coming of Age

“I had the best time meeting new people, seeing so many shows, and just soaking in the whole experience.”

WHO: Andrew White, Writer & performer

WHAT: “In 2017, Andrew White debuted his first solo show, It Was Funnier in My Head, unable to legally drink, have debt, or even get into some venues he was set to perform in! But this year, he’s back and ready to do it all again with a new-found sense of adulthood… Now 18, I embark on a brand-new show, exploring what it means to be an adult and the world I am “grown-up” in. Through stand-up, poetry, and even experimental mime, I’ll discuss every aspect of life for a teenager facing the “real world”…”

WHERE: PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court – PQA Three (Venue 277) 

WHEN: 18:00 (50 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

It’s my third Fringe, and second as a performer.

I absolutely adore the festival, and very quickly fell in love on that first visit in 2016. In fact, it was during that trip that I said to myself that this is where I wanted to be every August.

And next August, I was there with my debut show! It was called ‘It Was Funnier In My Head’, and I couldn’t have asked for a better start to Fringe life. More importantly though, away from any of the shows success, I had the best time meeting new people, seeing so many shows, and just soaking in the whole experience.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I’ve performed a lot more at bigger gigs, and perhaps one of the best things to happen was the chance to perform at the Pavillion Theatre in Bournemouth in front of over 1000 people. A surreal night for my stand-up career, and one I shall treasure for a long time.

Tell us about your show.

Well the answer to all the ‘who’ questions is pretty much myself. It’s quite a lonely world in stand-up comedy, and no matter how many friends you make and people you gig with, at the end of the day, it’s just you on stage with a microphone.

It’s all about growing up and becoming adult, as I turned 18 earlier this year. The show covers all sorts of things, from broad concepts like bigotry and family to more specific experiences like learning to drive and going to parties.

I’ve done several performances already to hone the show, so Edinburgh isn’t exactly is a premier, but it is, in theory, and unveiling of the final polished product!

Whether it goes anywhere beyond the Fringe is up in the air, but I’d love to show it to as many people as possible.

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

All sorts. I’ll recommend some specific shows below, but just go and see everything and anything. Really awful student improv, a surprise smash hit musical, experimental magic. There’s loads at the Fringe, so try and experience as much variety as you can. Your August will be all the richer for it!

However, to be more specific…

  • Jess Robinson: No Filter (One of the most awe-inspiring impressionists out there, no-one’s quite like her).
  • Kit and McConnel (A timeless musical comedy duo, whose songs and parodies I always find myself singing in the car).
  • Olaf Falafel – There’s no I in Idiot (Madcap puns and clever jokes, an absolute joy).
  • Shady With a Chance of Sunburn (Dana Alexander is so funny, and whilst our shows clash, I hope many will go give her some love in my place).

and finally…

  • The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue: Ham (An indescribable act – hilarious and unforgettable.