It’s that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s. Here Sarah Thom talks Beak Speaks.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
My show is a slightly bonkers hour with a woman who has spent her life living and (yogic) breathing Fringe Theatre. It’s at its heart a homage to the fringe, in all its brilliance, inspirations, oddities and idiosyncrasies.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
A New Year resolution and a chance conversation with my agent and producer, Jimmy Jewell.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Don’t expect to eat, sleep or make any money. Do expect to survive on caffeine and adrenalin. However tempted, don’t take up smoking, especially in the morning.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
Ok that’s an impossible question as there’ll be something like 50,266 performances of over 3,269 shows in 294 venues… You might get some inaccurate statistics, see previously unseen footage of unsuspecting comedians getting the Beak treatment and witness a 44 year-old unhinged woman doing expressionistic dancing.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
I’m pretty keen to see Locker Room Talk at the Traverse, and indeed to see the Traverse programme. I have been blown away at the Traverse nearly every Fringe I’ve been to.
Finally, the boring but essential bit:
Name of the show: Beak Speaks
Venue: Underbelly Cowgate (White Belly)
Dates: Thursday 3 – Monday 28 August 2017 (not 14 or 21)