“I learned how much I love what I do. And I learned not to waste the down time.”
WHO: Mark Steinhardt
ROLE IN PRODUCTION: Everything
WHAT: “Bedfringe regular, and twice a ‘Bedfringe Sellout’, Mark Steinhardt is back for the eighth time in the last eleven years.
Once again he has a new story to share. But this time he’s not telling you anything about it – he doesn’t want to give the game away. The title, he admits, has nothing whatever to do with it; it’s just there to set the tone.
He reckons that after all these years, you can trust him to deliver something worth an hour of your time.”
WHERE: Quarry Theatre
WHEN: 30 & 31 July 2021 @ TIMES VARY (60mins)
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Is this your first time to Bedfringe?
No, no! This is my eleventh year. I love it. Every year I’m a performer, a punter and a volunteer. It’s a lovely little festival. All in the same venue; big names, unknowns, large and small performance spaces, gardens – everything. It’s local to me, so it’s my festival, my town.
What are the big things you’ve learned since 2019 and have you absorbed any of the lessons yet?
Fortunately, for me, performing is not how I make a living. So all those cancellations that poured in at the beginning of the pandemic were dismal but not frightening. I learned how much I love what I do. And I learned not to waste the down time. Next year’s is half ready!
Tell us about your show.
It’s something different from my usual telling of traditional stories. This one is about storytelling itself. It’s a convoluted yarn and….. oh no! I’m not going to get sucked into giving the game away! I think it’s more light-hearted than my past performances, but I hope it’s not entirely frivolous. And there some humour – several smiles, three chuckles and one laugh. Maybe.
What should your audience see at Bedfringe after they’ve seen your show?
I’m going to suggest the people I’ve seen in past years and really enjoyed. There’s Alfie Moore for starters, the Falsetto Sock Puppets have never let me down and Pip Upton is always reliable. Yer Blues Bones is bound to be at the fine-honed cutting edge of the avant garde. Of course they are. Beyond that, I’m not going to do the shameless plugging of my pals. I haven’t got any. I’ve trodden on them all on my way to the top.
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