Who? Troy Hawke (Milo McCabe)
What? Tiles of the Unexpected!
Where? Underbelly, Bristo Square – Dexter (Venue 302)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
Right now, excited to get the loose ends of the show tied up. As I write this I am six previews deep with twelve to go and there’s work to be done! There’s a distinct moment when the energy of a show shifts from relaxed knockabout presentation of new ideas that everyone knows is ‘new stuff’ to it actually starting to become a finished product and I’m straddling that at the moment.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
I don’t want to give too much away but essentially my character Troy Hawke is investigating deep governmental ties between a presumed defunct mind control program and a ubiquitous furniture giant!
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
I’m facing it right now as it’s an ongoing investigation! When I’m writing a show it always seems like the hardest thing to do in terms of the show, the thing that would require the most effort, is always the right thing to do. It’s so annoying!
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
I still get excited about it, even though I’ve been up several times now. I think it’s pretty hard to not get excited during the festival. There’s like a buzz in the air all the time constantly.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
Tom Houghton, Elliot Steel, Gareth Waugh, Mark Nelson and Ryan Cullen all have shows I’ve seen/heard part of and I can 100% recommend all of them. Elliot and wee Ryan are doing Free Fringe too, so definitely put them on your list.
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
Next year I’d like to be just as stressed as I am now about my new show having just completed a huge theatre tour of this one! It’s challenging writing a new show every year with the inevitable moments where you have tough previews and material that isn’t quite working but the rush when it comes together is one of the best feelings there is in my opinion.