With over 3000 shows at the world’s biggest arts festival, here at The ReviewsHub,we want to make the job of choosing your Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows that little bit easier. So here’s Juliette Burton answering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
I have a big decision to make in my life, so I wrote a comedy show about it that is quite probably my favourite show I’ve ever done.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
Because August to me *is* Edinburgh Fringe. Also last year I brought an updated version of a show I originally wrote in 2014 which sold out the entire run. Now I’ve changed a lot in the past couple of years, and I’m ready to share the new me with Edinburgh Fringe crowds.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
I used to live in Edinburgh, so this is the one area I feel I have wisdom. Are you ready for my wise words?! Plan ahead, pick a few shows you really want to see and book them in advance; allow time to get between shows or just spend a whole day in one venue to see back to back shows; be lovely to the flyerers – they’re good people; if you want to avoid the barrage of incessant flyerers then avoid The Royal Mile; remember Edinburgh has bridges over other roads so beware when following maps (genuine mistake I made when I first visited in 2005); allow time to see shows recommended to you by other people in queues for shows; talk to people and ask for show recommendations; don’t stick just to big names, take a risk and see something you’d never expected to see; for Fringe-respite head to Joseph Pearce’s Bar on Elm Row or walk up Arthur’s Seat; make the most of being in Edinburgh as well as being at the Fringe. Oh and come and see my show!
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
It’ll make you laugh and think, it’s for intelligent comedy lovers (obviously your readership!). It’ll give you The Feelz and also The Thoughtz. I sold out every show last year, so book ahead. Also, it’s a show that involves true stories from previous Edinburgh Fringes so you can live vicariously through me. It’ll make you realise how one choice can change a life. Plus free hugs on the way out.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
I’ve already seen Spencer Jones, Felicity Ward, James Acaster and Nish Kumar earlier this year and can’t recommend them highly enough.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: Juliette Burton: Decision Time
Venue: Gilded Balloon
Dates: 3 to 28 August 2016 (not 15)