Who? Jack Baldwin
What? Faulty Towers the Dining Experience
Where? Imagination Workshop – The Principal (Venue 119)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
I’m slightly trepidatious this year as I’ve had a couple of Fringes off and am worried that I’m too excited.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
It’s the original (and best!) tribute show to the legendary BBC TV show, Fawlty Towers. The audience are guests at the disastrous hotel’s restaurant and are served a 3-course meal whilst farcical havoc ensues around them. Part script, part improv it really is a ridiculously fun show for both fans of the TV show and fans of immersive comedy ages 8-80.
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
I didn’t put this show together – it started in Australia in 1997 and has been touring the world ever since. I’m one of 57 actors who are in it, though the cast for any one performance is only three – Basil, Sybil and Manuel.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
There have been some years where it’s felt overly commercial and reliant on big name comedy acts at the big venues but this has changed – Fringe is in constant flux because it’s fringe, that’s my favourite element.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
Comrade Egg & The Chicken of Tomorrow (Pleasance); The Dots (Imagination Workshop); The Wrong Ffion Jones (Udderbelly). There are plenty of others but that’s it off the top of my head. Oh – and Confetti and Chaos (Imagination Workshop), which I directed!
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
Returning triumphant from Hollywood with a new show premiering at the Fringe.