Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
It’s the world’s largest arts festival, buzzing, inspiring, exciting place where anything can happen, lifetime friendships are forged, new ideas discovered and lives can change in an instant. I know mine did.
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
I had a big decision to make, a life-changing one, and since I am terrible at making decisions I decided to write my new show all about it to help me make up my mind.
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
If we’re talking Edinburgh Fringe, (not Adelaide, Brighton, Guildford, Bedford, Auckland, Wellington etc) then selling out every day last year was pretty awesome.
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
Does it have to be at the Fringe? If so, I’m not the best at recognizing people – however famous they are – so I pretty regularly have great Fringe conversations with lovely people, then walk away to find my friends squealing about how I’ve just met some superstar without realizing it.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
Spencer Jones, Felicity Ward, Bec Hill, Matthew Crosby and a very many more awesome performers, plus the biggest heroes to me are the people who’ve helped me create my new show and every single audience member who comes to see it and laugh with me.
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Only 3? There are so many! Spencer Jones, Nish Kumar, James Acaster.
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
My mum. She’s never been to the Edinburgh Fringe and hasn’t seen this new show yet.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
One could come to see my show (I’ve been told in therapy that “could” is more empowering than “should” as it gives the person being spoken to the power of choice) because it will empower you, make you laugh and think, and it’s been getting pretty lovely audience reactions at previews. Oh and I’m available for free hugs afterwards.
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
I used to live there for years, so it’s hard to choose just one thing… Climb Arthur’s Seat is the one most people may say. But I’d recommend taking time to explore parts of the city away from the Fringe areas; Stockbridge, Leith, Bruntsfield. And have a drink at my old local Joseph Pearce’s bar.
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
I’ve recently learned that comedians die younger than other people in the entertainment industry so I’m strangely not surprised by this morbid news. Bit of a shame but hey ho! It was inevitable!
Dinner party guests with dead people? I’d probably go for David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood, Prince (because they’d all be newbies to the Dinner Party in the Sky too) Buddha, Jesus, other religious figures (maybe we could finally find out if they all actually totally agree…) and Shakespeare for a few laughs.
Show trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enMLykFvbiI
Juliette Burton’s – Decision Time – at the Gilded Balloon Wee Room at 430pm