+3 Interview: Ronnie and Jonny: Friends Disunited

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“I’m delighted to be doing another show here again after 10 years, in what is now my home town, and can’t wait to get back out on stage again.”

WHO: Steve Griffin – writer, producers & star

WHAT: “Comedy duo Ronnie and Jonny split up five years ago and haven’t spoken since. Jonny went on to become a stand-in for Mystic Meg and reserve contestant for Celebrity Big Brother. Ronnie became an alcoholic and ghost writer for real comics. Luckily, they’ve recently been invited to reunite for a high-profile comeback gig, but can they put the past behind them? A show for anyone who’s ever fallen out with a friend or knows what it’s like to be ceremoniously dumped. Written and performed by one well spoken English guy and a foul-mouthed Scot.”

WHERE: Laughing Horse @ 48 Below (Venue 146)

WHEN: 23:20 (45min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I first brought a show to Edinburgh in 2006, and in all the years in between I’ve worked at the Fringe, performed at the Camden Fringe, been a reviewer and very enthusiastic audience member many times. I’m delighted to be doing another show here again after 10 years, in what is now my home town, and can’t wait to get back out on stage again.

Tell us about your show.

Ronnie & Jonny: Friends Disunited is written, produced, directed and performed by myself and partner-in-crime Keith Muddiman. We met at drama school a couple of years ago and knew we wanted to work together afterwards, and this show came about through various conversations, discussions and a lot of scribbles and redrafts in various coffee shops in Edinburgh. We wanted to put on a show that demonstrated the full scale of our ability as actors, so we developed comedic characters, gave them a serious situation and just went from there.

Edinburgh is our world premiere, and while we haven’t made any plans for afterwards (all our focus has gone into just getting this far), we’re very open to suggestions and taking Ronnie and Jonny further afield if we can.

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

With over 3,000 shows in the Fringe alone this year, before you even think about the other festivals, there is absolutely something for everyone. So the first thing I would say is just to embrace as much as possible, as there aren’t many opportunities to get such a diverse range of work in one place.

This year there are several companies and performers that I’ve worked with before (and really admire) performing new work, including On the Button (Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka), Mixed Doubles (Fundraiser) and Samantha Baines; while other companies I really respect for their previous work are back again, including 201 Dance Company (Smother) and Interrupt the Routine (The Gin Chronicles). Come back to me midway through the Fringe though and I’ll happily give some more recommendations!


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