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Edinburgh Fringe 2014 interview: Birthday Girls

Birthday Girls are a brill comedy sketch trio formed following the demise of Lady Garden.

They promise parcel, dancing and a buffet during this year’s show at the Edinburgh Festival.

Birthday Girls

Hallo Birthday Girls. How are you today?

Oh hi. We are good thanks. Except for Beattie who says she has a cold. I mean we’re pretty sure it’s actually hay fever, but because she thinks hay fever is a sign of weakness she is adamant it’s a cold even though she’s had it for about two months and it gets worse whenever the pollen count is high.

Your show is called Party Vibes. Can we expect a fun hour with cake and ice cream?

Well we don’t want to give too much away or raise expectations too high so we’ll just say that you can expect sketch comedy, pass the parcel, dancing, a buffet, and that it will be the most exciting and rewarding hour of all of our lives.

It’s directed by Tom Parry of Pappy’s. How was it to work with him?

  1. AWFUL. He’s a tyrant.
  1. Brill joke ever. It’s actually great – he has a lot of experience and valuable wisdom on putting together a sketch show, and always has incredibly useful notes and suggestions. Except when he came to rehearsal straight from Glastonbury and told us he’d seen three ghosts since he got back and then took his trousers off and lay down under a towel for the remainder of rehearsal.

You’re playing Freestival this year. What prompted you to go down the free show route?

We wanted to make a show that was really unpressured, carefree, silly and fun, and the free Fringe seems like the place to do that these days. Also we are still paying back our debts from last year woohoo!

What else are you looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?

Seeing other brill comedy shows e.g. Mae Martin, Ellie White, Natasia Demetriou, Lou Sanders, Al Green and Toby, BEASTS, Cariad and Louise, and Tom Allen. Also Rose and Camille are excited to be performing in plays as well as Birthday Girls this year (Camille is in Outings at the Gilded Balloon and Rose is in 21 Things You Should Know About Toronto’s Crack-Smoking Mayor at Sweet Grassmarket). Beattie is looking forward to playing Mario Kart while the others are doing their plays.

Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it:

We have all recently decided to go vegetarian (after an extended monologue on the subject by our director Tom Parry on a long drive back from a preview in Cardiff). Not sure how we’re going to cope when confronted with our first haggis. If we’re being completely honest Beattie had a sausage the other day ‘because her dad cooked it’ and Camille had a bit of kebab ‘because she was drunk’ so we’re not overly optimistic.

Birthday Girls: Party Vibes
Aug 1-25, 10pm

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