Post-Edinburgh Fringe: What happens now?

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. For many performers it’s the pinnacle of the comedy year. Months of preparation, hours of writing, weeks of preview shows and a grueling month-long slog at the end.

Is it all worth it? And what does if feel like waking up in September as the street sweepers clear up the last remaining leaflet, and the last remaining human statue –  like a Japanese soldier discovered on a remote island decades after the war is over – slowly realises that it’s time to move on?

We asked three Edinburgh act about they post-Edinburgh blues. Starting with…

 

Simon Munnery

How do you feel now the run is at an end?

Tired, exhausted, knackered. Imagine being in the Olympics and running the final every day for a month, then drinking and talking until the wee hours: adrenaline overload.

I miss doing my show; it was the rock on which I built my day. But it’s better than two years ago, when I had to pull over while driving to buy some milk until the dizziness passed.

Was it a success?

Yes. By the second week it was a good show; not great but pretty good. And little by little it got better since. It’s still not finished, there’s room for improvement, and  I look forward to doing it again.

What will you do now it’s all over?

Gardening, childcare, tidying my shed, chopping wood, making a prototype of an invention. Then touring from October.

What do you think of when you look back at the festival?

Every year, for the past four, on the day off from my show, I’ve taken my children to Portobello beach, and every year it’s been sunny. I confidently predicted it this year; and I was right.

Highlight? Accidentally catching the end of John Gordillio’s show at the back of Stand 2 – in the street; the show had overrun the timeslot so he took his audience onto the road. It was passionate, heartfelt, and hilarious.

 

Rhys Morgan (of Morgan & West)

How do you feel now the run is at an end?

Relieved but also sad. We were performing our family show at the fringe so now we’re at a complete loose end at two in the afternoon. Where are all the kids? In school, hopefully, But it’s not the same.

Was it a success?

It was a jolly great success with fun houses (no Patrick Sharpe, mind), lots of kids enjoying themselves, and gallons of water thrown all over Mr West. A triumph!

What will you do now it’s all over?

Straight out on tour with Parlour Tricks, our evening show which started on Saturday 3rd September at the Birmingham MAC, and goes on for all of September and October. Hop over to www.morganandwest.co.uk/live-dates for the full list. Then a brand new show at Xmas too!

What do you think of when you look back at the festival?

I love Edinburgh, especially in festival time. This year was our most relaxed and most enjoyable run. Next year is our tenth anniversary, I’ve never done anything with such regularity before! Crickey!

 

Tony Law

How do you feel now the run is at an end?

Energised.

Was it a success?

On a personal level yes. It’s my one year anniversary of being a clean and sober person.

So amazing. Show was –  is – great. Spectacular.

What will you do now it’s all over?

[I’m playing at the] Leicester Square theatre 21 October to 29 October. Preparing for that. With more theatre in it. This Edinburgh show. Then writing, to continue creating more important nonsense

What do you think of when you look back at the festival?

I had a rewarding time. My first time with out any hindrances I need more people to see [me] now.

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