EdFringe Talk: Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Home Truths

“Since about 2014 I’ve stayed in the same bedroom in the same flat too. It’s sort of my August bedroom.”

WHO: Kiri Pritchard – McLean

WHAT: “Kiri Pritchard-McLean is back and a lot has happened over the last few years. She’s moved back to her home island of Anglesey and gotten some rescue chickens. You can expect jokes about skinny jeans, learning Welsh and white supremacy – something for everyone.”

WHERE: Monkey Barrel Comedy – Monkey Barrel 3 (Venue 515) 

WHEN: 19:05 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I’ve been coming up to the fringe since 2010. I came up to take part in the semi-finals of SYTYF and dear reader, that’s as far as I got. I came back in subsequent years and worked as a Producer which was so useful. I got to see who were the best venues to work with, what made an act a pleasure to work with from the production perspective and which PRs had the biggest cocaine problem.

Since about 2014 I’ve stayed in the same bedroom in the same flat too. It’s sort of my August bedroom. Every year I discover something new that I love there – usually a new charity shop. I can’t wait to see what I can buy to stop me from crying this year!

What are the big things you’ve learned since 2019 and have you absorbed any of the lessons yet?

This is a big question! The big answer is; community is everything. I learned that from online gigs, insta lives, podcasts and socially distanced swims in the sea. I’d like to think I’ve absorbed a bit of that but in reality I just think I throw more parties and as life lessons go, that isn’t bad.

Tell us about your show.

Home Truths is written by me and directed by the lad who’s directed all my other stand up shows, Adam Drake. People might recognise Adam as the sweaty one from Goose or the one who is both red headed AND a man in Tarot, I recognise him as the person who takes all the topics I want to talk about, hundreds and hundreds of jokes and jostles them into coherent hours of comedy. I’ve toured this show this Spring but I think it’s getting a big old rewrite and perspective shift ahead of the fringe that I’m simultaneously terrified and excited about. After the fringe I’ll trot back out on tour again which I can’t wait for.

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

There’s so many acts I’m excited about seeing this year. I’ll be watching Tarot every night from the tech box which means as a writer/director I have to work extra hard on the show because I don’t want to cringe or yawn my way through 28 hours of something it was my job to make better. Luckily for me I think it’s the funniest hour of sketch I’ve ever been involved in – weirdly that sentence just made me yawn and cringe. I can’t wait to see Chloe Petts, Sikisa, Sophie Duker, Sofie Hagen, Jessica Fostekew and I suppose I should say a man for balance but I can’t think of any I want to hear talk right now.