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 Michael Griffiths answering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Coleis a one man cabaret thatexplorethecolourfullife anddelightfulsongs of Americancomposer Cole Porterincluding Night and Day,Anything Goes, I’veGot You Under My Skin and the list goes on…
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
It’s my fourth year in a row and Iwouldn’tbe anywhereelse in the world every August. Edinburgh is theultimate challenge for a performerif you can find an audience here andstand outamong 3000+ shows then you must be doing something right. Also what keeps me coming back each year is a love for the country and the people, Edinburghwould have to be the most beautiful city I’ve ever been to. And there’s good coffee everywhere.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Immerseyourself in the festival. See as many shows as you can cramineach dayand be friendly to everyone you meet.Don’t measure your success in Edinburgh by the number of tickets you sell, measure it by the shows you see that inspire you and the friendships you make. If you simply want to makemoney, go work at a bank.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
My show is very simple and sincere. I adore all of these songs and it’s a treat to share them with an audience each night, also there’s a lot of laughter in my show as I am quiteconvinced that humour is the way to anaudience’s heart. A sing-a-long always helps a bit too.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
I’m hanging out to see othercabaretperformers. Many are friends who I haven’t seen since last Fringe and others inspire me. Top of my list are Lady Rizo, Sven Ratzke, PuddlestheClown, Christina Bianco, TomasFord and Sarah-Louise Young. Lots of music and lots of laughs!
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: Michael Griffiths: Cole
Venue: Piccolo, Assembly GeorgeSquareGardens
Dates: 4 – 29 August 2016 (no show on 16)