Who? Mr Twonkey
What? Twonkey’s Ten Year Twitch
Where? Just The Tonic at The Caves – Just the Wee One (Venue 88)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
Climate change seems to the big issue that everyone is focusing on this year it seems. I am covering that but in my own way. I think what’s coming around the corner for the whole world is really going to hurt but let’s have fun before the devil takes the wheel, in fact he’s already at the wheel so lets hide in the hold together and make merry.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
Its kind of a piss take on conspiracy theories, its about the idea of fake weather being produced by a sinister cake decorating shop in the Dordogne. At the same time its just framework for me to hang my loons and larks with puppets and props and diddlysquats. I use a fair number of wigs this year.
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
I’m ten years into doing this so sometimes the hardest person to please is myself. Often I get bored with myself, which can be a nightmare, as you can’t really escape yourself but wearing a wig helps. Sometimes a long fast run around the docks helps clear the air. A guy four doors down has an old chow chow (like really super fat bear but in dog form) that always needs walking so I sometimes take that for sniff about and I’m dyslexic which means a get on well with dogs and it takes my mind off the Twonkeyverse.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
Yes it seems to get more and more fierce and cutthroat but you can’t really let that into your mind. You just need to get on with your small corner and make sure your show and yourself are in the best place possible to make the most of it all. I still get joy from it and I’m always finding new ways of sucking huge amounts of nectar from the giant Fringe flower.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
Enjoyed these two shows at the Prague Fringe this year: Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness; An Audience with Yasmine Day
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
Crystal Caves would be lovely, it’s a cave in the British overseas territory of Bermuda. It is located in Hamilton Parish, close to Castle Harbour. The cave is approximately 500m long, and 62m deep. The lower 19-20m of the cave are below water level. That would be wonderful, I could have a wee rest down there.
When and where can people see your show? Twonkey’s Ten Year Twitch, Just the Tonic at the Caves – Just the Wee One. 16:10 August 1-11,13-25.