EdFringe Talk: Some Other Mirror

“I’m so excited to be a real part of this hive of creativity, and get the chance to see a ton of queer-led theatre.”

WHO: Laurie Owen: Performer/Writer

WHAT: “A solo show about a gender identity crisis, in the high-pressure isolation of lockdown. The performer fights to come to terms with being a trans man, and on his journey, is visited by alternative versions of himself who offer various kinds of advice. The show explores a transmasculine experience of feminism, internalised transphobia, self-love, self-hatred and self-actualisation, with audiences calling it ‘a captivating look at a trans experience’ and ‘a beautiful, thought-provoking tour de force’. This autobiographical performance is written and performed by Laurence Owen and produced by award-winning theatre company, Chronic Insanity.”

WHERE: Pianodrome at the Old Royal High – Pianodrome Amphitheatre (Venue 117) 

WHEN: 19:00 (45 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is the first time I’ve performed at Edinburgh. The last time I was here, I was volunteering with Greenside. I’m so excited to be a real part of this hive of creativity, and get the chance to see a ton of queer-led theatre, which just isn’t available in Nottingham.

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

I’ve learned to be kind to myself as an artist, and change the artistic process to suit my health and energy levels when necessary. I have a full time job, and Joe Strickland (they/them), my director/producer, has been so excellent at reminding me that my wellbeing always comes before the show, and I think that ethos is what has allowed me to made the show amazing, as a result.

Tell us about your show.

Some Other Mirror is a show borne from my frustration at the lack of trans men in media, and my desire to share the beauty and profundity of transitioning, in a way that everyone can relate to, be they cis or trans. I originally developed it as a Zoom show for university, after I couldn’t return to Leeds to finish my course, and had to produce the show remotely from Nottingham. I’ve adapted it to Pianodrone’s gorgeous, intimate, in-the-round space with startling ease. The reason it was easy to adapt is because I’m primarily concerned with intimacy, and helping the audience feel really present with me and my story. That was difficult, but not impossible on Zoom, but at Pianodrome, the audience can be so much more intimate with me, and each other, while they watch.

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

Check out the vibrant programme of live music and performance at @Pianodrom Live! It’s made entirely from upcycled pianos, it’s the most unique venue at the Fringe and it’s run by two musicians who really know their stuff. #Jollyboat are so much fun, on every day, and they’re free! Their Parklife parody is worth its weight in gold. I’m very excited to watch Happy Meal, by @rootstouring, a story about two trans friends who fall in love on Club Penguin, because it’s a well-overdue story of trans joy.


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EdFringe Talk: Jake Farrell: Sky

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“I’ve learned it’s not much fun working at your kitchen table all day and not seeing your mates so I am pleased with our restored freedoms.”

WHO: Tamsin Hurtado Clarke & Scarlett Plouviez: Performer & Director

WHAT: “How far would you go for the people you love? Join Soho Theatre’s Young Company alumni, rising comedy talent and naïve suburbanite Jake Farrell as he answers that question in his highly anticipated debut hour about family, the future and Stevenage. ‘Jake is a natural… this is a nuanced exploration of youth, half-hearted liberalism, family ties and artistic expression’ **** (VoiceMag.uk) As heard on Penguin Random House’s Edinburgh Fringe Unlocked.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker One (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 20:40 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my first time doing a full hour show and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a completely mad atmosphere and as a comedian trying to build a profile it’s a completely singular experience – you pitch up and people come and take a chance on you. It’s incredible. I love being here to see other people whose shows I’ve seen develop throughout the year and also stuff that’s totally new. I love that mix as it brings comedians from different cities around the world together. I try to mix being a punter with doing my show well every day.

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

I’ve learned it’s not much fun working at your kitchen table all day and not seeing your mates so I am pleased with our restored freedoms. I missed comedy as well so I guess I learned the place it had in my life. Hopefully though I’ve been able to attain a bit more balance between doing comedy and the many, many important things there are in life. I’ve also learned that Guiness in a can is actually palatable.

Tell us about your show.

My show is called Sky and it’s about moving back to Stevenage and love and commitment and also Deliveroo. There’s also a bit of a twist that explains the name but you’ll have to come along to find out what that is. It’s produced by Berks Nest which is really cool because they’ve put on loads of shows that I have loved at the Fringe before. I’d love to take it to other cities after the Fringe or at least do a small London run but we’ll see how this goes first.

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

I’ve watched Jack Harris’ show Teaching Teachers how to Teach develop into a completely daft and intricate piece of multimedia comedy over the year and people should definitely see that. Rajiv Karia is also someone I love watching and his show Gallivant is full of memorable, askew lines so I’d recommend that. Beyond those two I also saw Chelsea Birkby do bits of her show No More Mr Nice Chelsea (great name) earlier in the year and they were fantastic so I’m keen to see the whole thing. Someone whose show I’ve not seen but I always think is class is Pierre Novellie so I’ll definitely be watching that and I also really like the duo Shelf so go and see them too.


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EdFringe Talk: Mary Beth Barone: Silly Little Girl

“This is my very first time at the Edinburgh Fringe. I’ve been warned it’s a completely insane experience so naturally I am very excited.”

WHO: Mary Beth Barone

WHAT: “Join Mary Beth for her eagerly anticipated debut hour, as she shares her checkered journey as an aspiring young starlet through to the present day, covering a range of topics like growing up in the 90s, her dating history, and of course, The Cold War. No integral childhood memory is spared, not even the ones she wishes she could forget (which she definitely can’t forget because there are photos). Creator and star of Comedy Central’s Drag His Ass, and co-host of the podcast Obsessed, alongside Benito Skinner. ‘A rare comic…deeply intelligent and honest’ (Vulture.com).”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Upstairs (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 20:30 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Yes! This is my very first time at the Edinburgh Fringe. I’ve been warned it’s a completely insane experience so naturally I am very excited. I’ve done some comedy festivals but those were all like 3-5 days long. This time, I’ll be doing 26 performances of my hour. I would say preparation makes a great festival, plus lots of sleep and under eye masks.

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

I’ve learned so much since 2019! For one, I think we should abolish the police. That had never really crossed my mind before. I guess also, I learned that you can try to plan your life but plans really aren’t shit when a global pandemic could start at any time.

Tell us about your show.

I wrote my show and I’m producing, with my best friend Jake Morris directing. I’ve been touring it all over the US this year and afterwards? Well you’ll just have to wait and see!

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

Go and see Leo Reich, Fern Brady, Ania Maglianio, Patti Harrison, Sikisa, and Catherine Cohen. See all of these people immediately!


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EdFringe Talk: Svengali

“The Fringe run will be the show’s world premiere – leaping in feet first to the fray of the festival.”

WHO: Eve Nicol: Writer and director

WHAT: “Success demands sacrifice. So does Svengali. Gripping, intimate monologue exposing the dark heart of a dynamic of power, desire, and control. A promising young woman rises to supernatural heights on the tennis circuit under the hypnotic thrall of a master coach. Mentor and protégé battle for dominance – on the courts and off. Channels sports stories and 1980s erotic thrillers to reimagine a classic character for the #MeToo era. Performed by Chloe-Ann Tylor. Created by Scottish playwright and director Eve Nicol. Selected for the Edinburgh National Partnerships Programme. ‘Raw, hugely evocative’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Strange, soulful’ **** (Skinny).”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker Two (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 13:45 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Svengali will be my seventh Fringe production – but my first working as an independent producer of my own writing.

My debut play, ‘One Life Stand’ was presented at the Paines Plough Roundabout @ Summerhall by Fringe legends Middle Child. My adaptation of Belle & Sebastian’s album ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’ followed, with might of Avalon and BBC Arts producing. I work in Scottish theatre year-round, but Edfringe is a whole other beast that I still feel like I’m trying to tame. Every festival feels like the first!

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

2019 was my busiest year work-wise but also the year my health took the biggest hit. The two were completely connected. I’ve learnt to scale back and prioritise the stories that matter most to me.

Most of the digital theatre offerings left me cold. The loneliness of lockdown reminded me how much I value the relationship between actor and audience. ‘Svengali’ foregrounds the magic of actor and audience sharing a space in real-time.

Tell us about your show.

I’ve written the show, riffing off the biggest selling novel of the Victorian era, which is now all but forgotten. The character of Svengali – a mesmeric influencing force, remains. His name has become the very definition of manipulative control today.

Our ‘Svengali’ tells the story of the complicated power dynamic between a master tennis coach and his young, female protégé. They reach giddy success whilst tearing lumps out of each other. Ego, ambition and sexual desire blow the whole thing up with only one left standing by the end.

It’s a small team – just me, sensational performer Chloe-Ann Tylor (’Trainspotting’ Citizens, ‘Doppler’ Grid Iron) and the brilliant Robbie Gordon (Wonder Fools) offering Movement Direction. After a couple of years of working on more large-scale projects, it’s been surprisingly liberating to pull it back. ‘Svengali’ is a distillation of what is most important to me- a compelling story with as little as possible between the actor and audience.

The Fringe run will be the show’s world premiere – leaping in feet first to the fray of the festival. The Pleasance and Pitlochry Festival Theatre demonstrated their confidence in the project by selecting ’Svengali’ as part of the Edinburgh National Partnerships programme. They’ve been supportive partners. I hope to use the programme as a launchpad for touring ‘Svengali’ in 2023.

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

See Scottish theatre in all its humour, sexiness, intellect and power in the Lyceum’s ‘The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart’, Isla Cowan’s ‘She Wolf’ at Assembly, Michael John O’Neill’s ‘This is Paradise’ at Traverse and James Ley’s Ode to Joy (How Gordon Got to Go to the Nasty Pig Party) at Summerhall.


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EdFringe Talk: Colin Hoult: The Death of Anna Mann

“I have learnt to lift large weights at the gym and how to do yoga.”

WHO: Colin Hoult

WHAT: “Anna Mann is back! The acclaimed actress, singer and welder (gotta have a back up) returns after five long years to tell the incredible story of her life in the arts in this, her final hour. Visceral, real and achingly brave, Colin Hoult (After Life, Netflix) presents a hilarious meditation on life, death and literally everything in between.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Beneath (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 21:10 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I’ve been here for years! First one was in 2004, no actually I was when I was 16 and in Julius Caesar, that was the only time I got 5 stars in the Scotsman. It’s been such a constant in my life – for a long time it was how I measured the passage of the years. It’s been a while now and I feel like I’m coming back finally with a degree of life experience and perspective at 43. But give me a week and I’ll be back to being a blubbering mess.

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

I have learnt to lift large weights at the gym and how to do yoga. That’s about it. I’ve discovered I have ADHD and so a lot of my time is spent learning to unpick the dreadful thoughts I developed about myself without losing the good things it can give me.

Tell us about your show.

My show the Death of Anna Mann is the final show for a character, Anna, whom I’ve done her twice before, actually 4 times as she appeared in my multi character shows before that. She’s a powerful and confident person who dares to poke fun and point to truth in a way I never dare. This is her last show it’s all about death, grief and discovering yourself – in a way which is very silly and fun. It’s produced by cool child stars Berks Nest, headed by lovely Owen Donovan. After Edinburgh it’s going on tour and finishing for 5 nights at Soho Theatre.

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

You must see the Delightful Sausage – they’re hilarious and appeared in Anna’s sky arts special. Amy Gledhill and Chris Cantrill are them and also both have solo shows. I recommend Christopher Bliss for more character comedy. Pete Heat who’s a hilarious and magical person.


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EdFringe Talk: Tom Little Has Good Reviews So Prepare to Be Impressed

“I genuinely think the Fringe is the best place in Britain to see stand-up. You’ve got to see the right show though. (The right show is mine).”

WHO: Tom Little

WHAT: “Real reviews for Tom Little: ‘He’s the real deal. An instinctive comedian with oodles of charm and a quirky, frenetic intensity…. If he cuts his energy levels by 10 per cent he could end up in movies’ (Spectator). ‘Inventive, unexpected and often very silly… can’t remain a hidden treasure for long’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘His elevation to TV panel show favourite is surely only a matter of time’ (TheWeeReview.com). ‘A huge talent’ (Scotsman). ‘An unashamed crowd-pleaser’ (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk). ‘Gut-wrenchingly funny’ (FringeReview.co.uk). So there. Beat that!”

WHERE: PBH’s Free Fringe @ Subway – Main Room (Venue 50) 

WHEN: 15:45 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I’ve performed stand-up comedy at every Edinburgh Fringe since 2015, which is why I’m so famous and rich now. I come back every year because it’s great to be able to perform so many times in one month without having to drive anywhere. Also you get a different kind of audience. Audiences at the Fringe tend to be more open minded and attentive, which makes the comedians more creative and ambitious. I think that makes for a better show for everyone, so I genuinely think the Fringe is the best place in Britain to see stand-up. You’ve got to see the right show though. (The right show is mine).

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

I think the pandemic destroying all our plans and changing our world overnight was a big lesson in coming to terms with the random unfairness of life and accepting how much of our own existence is outside our control. Also, I learned what TikTok is.

Tell us about your show.

It’s a stand-up show so it’s all written by me. It’s one long story about an absurd misunderstanding but I’m not going to reveal anymore than that. I think it’s the funniest thing I’ve done. I previewed it around the country before the Fringe started and everyone who’s seen it agrees that it’s humanity’s greatest achievement. I keep saying ‘Don’t be daft. It’s not THAT good’ but they insist ‘No, really Tom, it is!’

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

Off the top of my head I heartily recommend Eric Rushton, Sooz Kempner, Gary G Knightley, Harriet Dyer, Stuart Goldsmith, Chris Cantrill, Joe Wells, Faye Treacy, Rob Copland, Dan Tiernan and Mark Grimshaw because they’re all funny comedians and none of them have done anything to get on my bad side (that I know of).


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EdFringe Talk: Christopher Bliss: Captain Words Eye

“If you’re ever bored at the fringe just walk 10 metres in any direction and you won’t be bored any more.”

WHO: Rob Carter

WHAT: “Shropshire’s worst writer pulls on his socks and sandals, irons his shell suit windbreaker, combs his curtains, and leaves Shropshire for the fifth time in his life to bring his fifth show to the Edinburgh Fringe. As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown teaching Suzie Dent about the English language. ‘This is how character comedy should be done’ **** (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Deliciously Fun’ (Guardian). ‘One of the best character shows we’ve seen for a long time’ (Comedy.co.uk). Warning: This show contains scenes that some viewers may find extremely nice.”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Beneath (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 18:40 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my 10th time performing at the fringe, but each time always feels completely new. As a performer it’s a bit of a knife-edge and will either be the best month of your year or the worst month of your life, depending on how your show’s going. As a punter it’s just incredible. If you’re ever bored at the fringe just walk 10 metres in any direction and you won’t be bored any more. And if you haven’t been before, drop everything and just GO.

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

During the pandemic I was living in the countryside, instead of my usual London, and I learnt that the country way of life is delightful and infinitely better than living in a city. Peaceful walks, birdsong, beautiful sunsets, serene and relaxing afternoons in the garden without 60 people looking into your tiny outdoor space (if you’re lucky to have any at all). Have I absorbed the lesson yet? Absolutely not. I moved straight back to London as soon as I could and can’t imagine living anywhere else. What a pathetic little city rat I am.

Tell us about your show.

‘Christopher Bliss: Captain Words Eye’ is a character comedy show about the worst writer in Shropshire. Christopher’s last three shows have seen him tackle novels, theatre and film, but this year he has found as many new forms of writing to butcher as possible: poetry, journalism, children’s books and more. It’s an extremely silly, feel good show about self-confidence told through the lens of a passionate deluded rural oddball, and happiest air-head the world has ever seen: Christopher Bliss. Written by me, produced by Berks Nest, premiering in Edinburgh, and afterwards is tbc but probably touring it in 2023 around the UK.

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

Oh God too many to choose from. Genuinely hundreds. I’d say watch a bit of every genre you can, but I’ll recommend some comedians I’m in love with. All of these are masters of their craft. Favourite alternative comedians: Sam Campbell, Jazz Emu, Marcel Lucont, Lucy Pearman, Roisin & Chiara, Alasdair Beckett-King, Jordan Brookes, Joz Norris, Lara Ricote. Favourite standups: Chloe Petts, Lou Sanders, Ray Badran, Jack Barry, Leo Reich, Jo Griffin, Josh Jones. Favourite sketch: Sheeps, Crybabies.


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EdFringe Talk: The Tiger Lillies: One Penny Opera

“I have seen some amazing performances in Edinburgh over the years as well as some shows that make me question why they thought that was a good use of their time and effort.”

WHO: Adrian Stout: Performer

WHAT: “They’re back! After years away touring the world, the Olivier Award-winning godfathers of alternative cabaret celebrate their 30th anniversary with a triumphant return to the Fringe. Based on the seminal 18th-century Beggar’s Opera, the band present a new song cycle swarming with highwaymen, thieves, jailers, pimps and prostitutes – a world of greed, crime, poverty and inequality. Expect immense beauty and outrageous comedy from the Grammy-nominated, street-opera trio. ‘The execution is impeccable throughout. Phenomenal’ ***** (Guardian). ‘Extraordinary, seek out a ticket for this glorious show’ ***** (Scotsman).”

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

WHEN: 21:20 (70 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

It’s not our first time, we first played in Edinburgh in 1995 when we we asked to perform with The Men Who Know. We may have misbehaved during the show and gone off script a few times. Soz. A great festival has a diverse mix of the sublime and the ridiculous, lots of people trying new ideas and experienced performers all trying to make as memorable experience for an audience. I have seen some amazing performances in Edinburgh over the years as well as some shows that make me question why they thought that was a good use of their time and effort. I love going into a room and coming out after seeing the world differently. Most audiences never see the effort that goes in day after day, the late nights and the endurance that you need to do a good show every day.

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

Be flexible and expect the unexpected are some of the sessions we have learned. Apart from that, if you don’t work for 2 years, get a hobby.

Tell us about your show.

One Penny Opera is based on Joh Gay’s Beggars Opera from 1728, it’s also the basis of The Three Penny Opera by Brecht and Weill. The story satirised politics, poverty and injustice, focusing on the theme of corruption at all levels of society. We are playing it as a song cycle, using songs from the album we put out last year, and including some songs from previous albums as well. Martyn has written songs that take the characters into the work of the Tiger Lillies, there is some very poignant songs and some very funny ones as well. We developed the show ourselves over a number of years, the first time in 2001, then we reworked the songs in 2020 and performed it at the Soho Theatre and Wiltons Music Hall. Hopefully we can play it in Berlin later in the year.

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

I always try and watch Simon Munnery at the Fringe, his shows are great, thought provoking and very funny. He is at the The Strand.

Becky Fury is at PHB’s Free Fringe with her show C*NT!, she is a great performer and poet. Prepare to be offended.

Camile O’Sullivan is playing in the same venue as us and doing a stripped down show with just piano.

Alok at the Traverse Theatre will be excellent, they are currently at Soho theatre now.


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EdFringe Talk: Ali Brice: I Tried To Be Funny, But You Weren’t Looking

“I also learned that I love video calls. Not Zoom. I mean Face-timing or whatever the WhatsApp equivalent is. I hate talking on the phone, it makes me anxious. But I love a video call.”

WHO: Ali Brice

WHAT: “Ali Brice is embracing life after almost losing it. Three years on, he’s admitted defeat and is back on his feet and trying again. Through therapy, friends and… sausages, he’s living in the moment and celebrating the little things life has to offer. A sincere, heartfelt and happy show, expect silly stories, big questions, and jokes aplenty from a ridiculous man with a stupid moustache. ‘World’s most naturally funny person’ (Joz Norris). ‘A hidden gem’ (Skinny). ‘Side-splittingly comical’ (TheUpcoming.co.uk). ‘Joyously bonkers’ (Chortle.co.uk). As seen/heard on BBC and Channel 4.”

WHERE: PBH’s Free Fringe @ Banshee Labyrinth – Chamber Room (Venue 156) 

WHEN: 16:50 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my 11th time and the Fringe. I love it. Each year I say, ‘This will probably be my last’ and then I always end up going the next year. I can’t stay away.

It’s my favourite time of the year. I always put it this way. For 11 months of the year, conversation is dominated by football. It’s used a shortcut to get to know someone. I don’t like football. However, at the Fringe, football is replaced by comedy. And I love comedy.

Basically, for 1 month each year I get to live in a world where my favourite thing is the main conversational currency and I feel at home. On top of that, I get to do the thing I love every day for a month. And on top of that, all my friends go as well. What could be better than that?

Over the last 10 years I have seen the Fringe grow and become too big (although that does just mean more comedians, really, and I kind of like that!), I’ve seen people become stars, people have a tough time, I’ve laugh, cried, been frustrated, made friends, fallen in love…. it’s been a real rollercoaster. But the one thing I have learned is that you have just got to have fun. Nothing else matters. Just enjoy yourself.

This will probably be the last time I go.

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

I spent my lockdown doing therapy. Not intentionally, it was just coincidence. And a very happy one. I spent two years working through some stuff and really getting to know myself for the first time. It was hard work, really tough at times, but is 100% one of the best things I have ever done.

So, I have learned a lot about myself.

I also learned that I love video calls. Not Zoom. I mean Face-timing or whatever the WhatsApp equivalent is. I hate talking on the phone, it makes me anxious. But I love a video call.

I guess my wider point there is, I have learnt that connection is key. It’s good to talk.

Tell us about your show.

My show is about a very dark moment in my life in 2018 when I tried to end it all. But it is funny.

I wrote it. Jonny Freeman directed it. I met him in Madrid while he was pretending to be an alpaca. True story.

I performed the very first outing of the material in August 2021.- just to see if I could talk about it and make it funny. So, it’s been a long journey and the hardest I have ever worked on a show.

I have performed it work-in-progress versions of it around the UK over the last year and taken it to a few comedy festivals (Leicester, Machynlleth, Brighton, Cambridge), but Edinburgh is the first place it will be performed in its finished form. I can’t wait.

I hope to perform it again after the Fringe. Plans are afoot!

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

Alwin Solanky tells the story of growing up as one of the only Gujarati speaking refugee families in a small town. It is beautiful.

Consignia – the most consistently bizarre, original, weird, and committed-to-doing-their-own-thing group of performers I have seen. They deserve bigger crowds go see them.

Joz Norris’ shows get better and better each year. I am in awe of his approach to comedy and very jealous of his talent.

Sooz Kempner is awesome. I did my last preview with her and her show is great – she has an amazing bit about Grease that is just laugh out loud hilarious.

Eleanor Morton is going to be star, see her while you still can.

Christian Brighty used to flyer for me for free back in the day and now he has over 400,000 followers on TikTok and has a brilliantly stupid show about the greatest love story ever.

Luke Rollason is original, hilarious, and wonderful watch – do the right thing and go and see him.

Rosie Holt – you can’t see her because all her shows are sold out, but she is an excellent character comedian and satirist. Do what you can to get a ticket.

Ania Magliano – I gigged with her recently and she blew my socks off, just excellent jokes.

Sam Nicoresti is unique and hilarious as is his show, which is all about self-explorations and cancel culture go see it.

Jordan Brookes is the current reigning champion of comedy, of course you should see him.

John Kearns is the best comedian of his generation; he will go down in the history books as true original.

Pat Cahill is one of the most naturally funny people in the world, a beautiful idiot.

Ben Moor is funny, clever, philosophical, life-affirming and one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet.


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EdFringe Talk: Walk-Man

“You never know what to expect here in Edinburgh and that’s the beauty of it.”

WHO: Jannik Elkær & Kristoffer L. A. Pedersen: Artistic directors

WHAT: “You will never cross the street in the same way again! Don Gnu digs into the tediousness of everyday routines in search of poetry and humour with muscular physicality and edgy stunt tricks. One ordinary day, four ordinary men take an ordinary walk through the city, until one of them suddenly decides to rebel… With trademark Don Gnu everyday stunts and raw physicality, Walk-Man is a performance about the extraordinary experiences of ordinary life. In a world where our everyday rules, norms and routines no longer apply – who are we really?”

WHERE: ZOO Southside – Main House (Venue 82) 

WHEN: 12:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Our first time at Edinburgh Fringe festival was in 2016 where we were bringing our international bestseller “M.I.S. – All Night Long”, and it was hectic and overwhelming. We have been there quite a few times since then, and this year we are back at ZOO Southside with our new show “WALK-MAN”. And it is still overwhelming and hectic – but we love it!

You never know what to expect here in Edinburgh and that’s the beauty of it. It’s a mix of so themes, genres, styles and ways to express our human nature, vulnerability and crazyness, and we are always looking forward to be touched, confused and inspired from all the strange and crazy ideas out there.

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

That it’s important to be well prepared, but more important to be there!

It has been quite a reminder, that we never know how things will go, you can plan a lot of things, but you need also to be prepared for – and embrace – improvisation. This is also an important way for us to develop our work. The beauty lies in the mistakes – in the unexpected and in the extraordinaire experiences in ordinary life.

Tell us about your show.

WALKMAN” is a very physical, funny and touching performance about a close encounter of four pedestrians crossing the street. Or they are trying to do so at least….

We always strive to create our work in a close collaboration with the artist’s involved. Everybody has a personal impact on the productions – we do believe this is what makes the works come alive and creates the always surprising encounter with the audience that our company is known for.

The show premiered in 2019 and was selected for several showcases and festivals – but as many many other productions from that year, the momentum faded when everything was cancelled. We hope our participation in Fringe this year will bring the show new life, as it truly deserves.

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

We of course must recommend seeing some of our amazing Danish colleagues also selected for the #DANISH Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe; ROCKY! by Fix and Foxy also performing at Zoo Venues or one of the 4 works from Palle Granhøj performing at Dance Base – or maybe the online show TUESDAY NIGHT SLEEPING CLUB from Danish Hello Earth.


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