“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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