+3 Interview: The Club

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“A torrent of bad language and comedic hedonism.”

WHO: Mark Farrelly – Actor, playing Nick Reynolds

WHAT: “Olly Watson is a poet, who is lonely! But now he has a match, a real woman with pictures and everything! What next? Coffee, flowers, chocolate? Don’t be boring, send her poems about spoons! How’d that go then?”

WHERE: Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14)

WHEN: 17:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my sixth…my first was back in 2001 when I was a fresh-faced university graduate doing a version of A Tale of two Cities. I do the Fringe every few years, whenever an interesting and decently-paid project comes up that I’m free for.

Tell us about your show.

The Club, which I describe to friends and punters as a torrent of bad language and comedic hedonism, is written by Ruaraidh Murray. He is a talented writer / performer who I met at the Gilded Balloon two years ago. He asked me to be in it because we are friends, and he also perhaps knows my familiarity with Withnailian people.

We play two men (based on people Ruaraidh knew in the late 90s) who have no boundaries, limits or sanity in their pursuit of hedonism. Enormous fun to play. A barnstorming comedy with an unexpectedly dark and poignant edge. I also get to sink an entire bottle of wine in the first ten minutes, when not swearing my head off.

It’s produced by Something For The Weekend’s Suzanna Rosenthal, kicked off with previews at the Park Theatre in London and will likely be coming to London again in the next six months. We were hugely blessed to be directed by ace theatre maestro Joe Harmston.

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

So much great stuff this year! By all things Godly see Phil Nichol. Lucie Pohl’s Apohlcalypse Now! Anything starring David Benson (he’s playing Boris Johnson and Kenneth Williams here). Anything featuring Sarah-Louise Young. The Snow Queen at Gilded Balloon’s new Museum space. Henry Naylor’s play Angel. The list stretches on… a real selection box of quality in 2016.


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+3 Interview: And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet

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“I wrote and perform the show, we took it to the Brighton Fringe where we were lucky enough to be awarded an Argus Angel award for outstanding theatre.”

WHO: Caroline Burns Cooke – writer & performer

WHAT: And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet was inspired by 1984’s Kerry Babies scandal. A dark, comic take on a time in Ireland when ‘the most dangerous place to be was in a woman’s womb’ (Bishop Joseph Cassidy).

Written and performed by award-winning writer and actress Caroline Burns Cooke (Best Actress ECU European Independent Film Festival for MYRA; Best Feature screenplay for She Moved Through the Fair from Scottish Screenwriters), and directed by Colin Watkeys of Face to Face Festival, director/dramaturg of legendary performers Ken Campbell, Claire Dowie and Jack Klaff.”

WHERE: Gilded Balloon Teviot – The Turret

WHEN: 12:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I’m a fringe veteran! As an actress I’ve been in a dozen plays including The Lad Himself at the Gilded Balloon, The Trial of Jane Fonda at the Assembly Rooms and tons more. This is my second self-written piece but the first solo one.

Tell us about your show.

My director, Colin Watkeys, has been directing solo shows and producing the Face to face Festival for years, working most notably with Claire Dowie, Ken Campbell and Jack Klaff. I wrote and perform the show, we took it to the Brighton Fringe where we were lucky enough to be awarded an Argus Angel award for outstanding theatre and three 5 star reviews. We hope to build on this at Edinburgh and tour it, hopefully doing a London run as well.

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

I’m a big fan of the International Festival for unique experiences. I love the programming at Summerhall and there’s often great stuff at the Traverse, but don’t miss Charmian Hughes in Soixante Mirth at Cowgatehead, Nick Revell in Gluten free Jesus, and Shoot the Women First at The Stand.


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