+3 Interview: Robert White: InstruMENTAL

“A crazy totally true story about when I was 19 and my life went tits-up.”

WHO: Robert White, Performer in a Solo Show

WHAT: “Malcolm Hardee Award-winning, gay, autistic comedian adopts a new stance. For the first time combining his musical composition talents with his well-honed comedy chops, Robert presents a fully orchestrated comedy opera of unbelievable, but true, misadventures and misfortune. An untold story: a Stephen Fry-type coming-of-age tale of a confused homosexual’s abusive beard situation generates autistic freak-out enabling seriously daft criminal conviction. A bonkers yarn presented with a Mozart spirit and some wrong notes.”

WHERE: Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14) ​

WHEN: 15:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my fourth time. The first time was awful as my show didn’t happen and I just ended up working as a dogs body for someone who hated me, my second time was great and I won an award and my third time was great and I didn’t win an award.

Tell us about your show.

My show is a one-man comedy opera , although it wouldn’t be opera in the way that most people would understand it, containing; props, puns, jokes, recorded music, live music , singing, recitation, poetry and a crazy totally true story about when I was 19 and my life went tits-up due to a ridiculous faux criminal incident, that came from an autistic mental breakdown, which grew out of a reaction to a highly tense relationship, that I got into due to denial of my sexuality.

All of the show I’ve made or produced or composed or written or otherwise created myself.

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

My favourite comedian is Terry Alderton, he just particularity tickles my funny bone, every time, so if people ask I say him. I haven’t seen his show, he isn’t with the same agent as me, or PR or whatever, and I probably should recommend a friend, but I’m spoiled for choice on that score, so I’ll just say the bloke who I think is the best ever, hope that helps.


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+3 Interview: Oskar’s Amazing Adventure

“Theatre Fideri Fidera is myself, Marina Kobler and our daughter Natasha Granger I write and direct, Marina is the designer, set builder, and puppet maker, and our daughter is the performer.”

WHO: Colin Granger, Director, writer

WHAT: “Desperate for some fun, Oskar leaves the snowbound, little house on top of the mountain to find a friendly animal to play with. But where are all the animals? And why does Oskar have to wait till spring to play his favourite game again? This heart-warming, humorous play uses a rich mix of storytelling, physical theatre, puppetry, music and song to tell the tale of a puppy’s search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps. A brand new play by Anglo-Swiss Theatre Fideri Fidera – the company that brought you Pitschi, the Kitten with Dreams.”

WHERE: Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14) ​

WHEN: 11:50 (40 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

We have been coming to the Edinburgh Fringe for 35 years. In the 80’s as Umbrella Theatre, we brought our own original productions based on the work of great European cabaretists such as Karl Valentine and Alphonse Allais.

Then after setting up Komedia in Brighton, we ran Southside and Roman Eagle Lodge venues for a number of years programming them with our venue Komedia’s trademark mix of comedy, theatre and cabaret; and most notably between 1999 and 2008 we co-produced with Wolfgang  Hoffman, the multi award-winning Aurora Nova Festival of International Physical and Visual theatre at St Stephens bring companies from all over the world to the fringe.  And finally, and much more recently, and getting back to our roots as theatre makers, in association with Komedia Brighton we set up a new children’s theatre company Theatre Fideri Fidera and in 2014 brought to the fringe Pitschi, the Kitten with Dreams, which has performed all over the UK and Ireland and has had over been performed over 300 times so far.

Our new children’s play this August is Oskar’s Amazing Adventure and we hope for similar success.

Tell us about your show.

It’s produced by Theatre Fideri Fidera in association with Komedia. It’s an original play for young children. Theatre Fideri Fidera is myself, Marina Kobler and our daughter Natasha Granger I write and direct, Marina is the designer, set builder, and puppet maker, and our daughter is the performer.

This is the premiere. It goes on national tour like our first production as Theatre Fideri Fidera, Pitschi the Kitten with Dreams, which has so far performed at over 60 UK theatres and had more than 300 performances since we premiered it in Edinburgh in 2015.

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

My daughter’s other show: 2 becomes 1 – a musical about speed dating she wrote and performs in.


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