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Colin Cloud: My Edinburgh

26th Jul 2016

After speaking to this master forensic mind reader about his Edinburgh Fringe show this year, we're even more excited to see what's in store! You can see Colin Cloud in Exposé in Underbelly's Cow Barn (Med Quad 3 - 28 August (not 15). 

Have you performed at the Fringe before?
This is my third solo show. People always talk about writing "Their difficult second album." Yeah!?! Well try writing your third! Thankfully I truly feel that it's my best show yet ... Those other people have obviously never heard of "Third time lucky."

Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?
I love the gardens on a sunny day. Just laying there, chilling out is glorious. Or in a bar drinking cocktails. Equally glorious!

What will you be packing in your suitcase for the Fringe?
A deer stalker, pipe and magnifying glass. Obvz. But given that I live here, I really don't need much else! 

Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?
I do indeed. And everyone insisted in touching his nose, even though it's not lucky at all. All you people are doing is passing germs. Yuk. 

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen at the Fringe?
You may think I'm mad, but I rarely get to see other shows. I'm usually running around like mad, performing all over the place so I miss loads. But I do perform in lots of variety shows! So I love acts that are original, skillful and engaging ... The Boy With Tape On His Face, Mat Ricardo, I used to LOVE watching fellow Scots Barry and Stuart.   

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give (or have been given) about the Fringe?
Ummmm ... I love that awkward moment when someone is flyering and another flyerer, full of enthusiasm for life/their show/something, goes to hand them a flyer and right as they've started speaking they notice that other person has a pile of flyers too and they basically go... "HI, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY SHOHHHhhhhh ... You're also. Ohh. So what's your show about?!" Then they have to talk obligatory nonsense back and forward for 5 minutes, not really listening to each other, just politely trying to disembark as quickly as possible to get back to the real hustle. Eventually they exchange flyers and walk separate ways. It's a fun social happening to try to catch. 

What I'm basically saying is, take a flyer from everyone and have the good graces to at least read it and consider it later. You never know, you might hit upon a gem ... 

To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?
No. Never. I injure people. Even in 'The Illusionists' shows where we have a plethora of dancers, I've almost injured all of them. I'm a true hazard. I have the choreography of a synchronized drowner.

What can audiences expect from your show?
This show is truly designed to challenge the way people think. It really is designed to get them to appreciate their perspective of life and the people and environments around them. It's all delivered with some brand new Sherlock-esque demonstrations where I'll even be revealing some pretty embarrassing memories about some people ... If they want me to. I've also always hated that the shows are only 60 minutes long, so this year, at the end of the show, I take my skills off the stage and into the real world as the audience are invited to join me on a hunt for something which will genuinely be required to save my life.

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