Next up in our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s it’s the turn of Matt Abbott
In one sentence tell us about your show.
It challenges two negative preconceptions; firstly, about the traditionally working-class communities which voted Brexit, and secondly about conditions in the Calais Jungle.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
The show couldn’t have been written or performed any other year in history. A lot of the material came organically through circumstance and experience; I’d be betraying myself as a politically active poet if I’d not written it. Plus, after my week with Sweet Venues in 2015, I felt like I wanted to take the next step in terms of establishing myself as a spoken word poet.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Take a chance on things. The sheer volume of shows is overwhelming, so sometimes you just have to follow your gut. One of the best things about the Fringe is falling in love with something or someone which you’d never heard of before. Allow yourself to be taken out of your comfort zone.
What makes your show stand out from all the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
I don’t think there are any other spoken word shows which are as relevant to the current social and political landscape in the UK. I was offered a unique perspective into the events of last year, with the refugee crisis unfolding behind the chaos which led to the Brexit vote. As well as having volunteered in Calais, I come from one of the traditionally working-class communities which made Brexit a reality (Wakefield voted 66% Leave). Whilst it does have a political edge, it’s very personal, and is also humorous, engaging and accessible. It observes human impact above all else. I’ve always been an entertainer as well as an artist, and Two Little Ducks is no exception.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
I’m desperate to see Sara Pascoe. I also want to see Daniel Piper, Luke Wright’s new show, and a show called The Tinder Tales which I saw previewed in London recently.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: Matt Abbott: Two Little Ducks
Venue: Underbelly Cowgate (Belly Laugh)
Dates: 3 August – 27 August 2017 (not 14)
Time: 14:40 (60 mins)