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Martin Murphy: My Edinburgh

28th Jul 2016

Here's Martin Murphy Writer / Director of Villain, playing at Underbelly's Delhi Belly at Cowgate from 4 - 28 August (not 16). The show explores the story of a child protection social worker, Rachel, who is hounded by the press and public for the outcome of a case involving a very young child. We spoke to Martin about the Fringe, and what to expect from his show.

Have you performed at the Fringe before?
Yes I was up a few years back in my musical comedy double act Pistol & Jack but first time as writer / director.

Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?
The healthy side of me wants to say the meadows on a morning jog but probably Brass Monkey drinking in that huge bed if it's still there.

What will you be packing in your suitcase for the Fringe?
Probably my guitar even though I won't need it this year and it will make train journeys more awkward. Also an ugly but comfy pair of trainers for when you're feet are close to packing in from flyering.

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen at the Fringe?
Cleansed in 2003 by a company called Androgynous. I hadn't seen any Sarah Kane performed before then and they created the best piece of theatre I have ever seen. I doubt I'll ever be as affected by a show but aim to make work of that impact.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give (or have been given) about the Fringe?
Advice I'd give is try to keep some sense of perspective. It's easy to be swept up by the bubble of Edinburgh which is really fun but your normal life exists before and after this so don't ignore the people who matter.

To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?
Always ceilidh

What can audiences expect from your show?
A hard hitting but really important piece of theatre which should get a few laughs in places.

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