Naomi Petersen’s Edinburgh Fringe show this year is all about being agoraphobic and living in her performance venue. I hope there’s good air con.
Hello. How are you today?
Hi! I’m great thanks, thank you for asking. I’m about to go on a hen do!
Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?
Well I would be if I weren’t going on this bloody hen do.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
It’s pretty exact! The premise is that I’m living in my performance venue because I’ve got agoraphobia, so I have to do a show about it. Then I’ve added a few quotes of people saying I’m good and funny, so it’s up to you to ascertain how accurate those are.
What are your tips for getting people to see your show?
Get people to come to the show and make sure they stay so they see the show.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
My boyfriend and a dongle. The dongle will help me survive by giving me that sweet sweet internet. My boyfriend and I will help each other survive by playing the excellent but underrated card game, ‘Jaipur’.
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
Yeah, I mean literally all of them. I’ve heard amazing things about Zoe Coombs Marr’s show. And I always like a trip to Summerhall.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
I’m looking forward to getting a few rounds of Jaipur in. Also I just binge watched Game of Thrones Seasons 1-6 in a month and a half, so I’m excited about having some conversations and understanding those references now.
Salt and sauce on your chips?
Yes please. Brown sauce on one side, garlic mayonnaise on the other (and NEVER the twain shall meet).
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The Game of Jaipur
Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. You are one of the two most powerful traders in the city.
But that’s not enough for you, because only the merchant with two Seals of Excellence will have the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja’s court. You are therefore going to have to do better than your direct competitor by buying, exchanging and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.
A card game for two seasoned traders! When it’s your turn, you can either take or sell cards. If you take cards, you have to choose between taking all the camels, taking 1 card from the market or swapping 2 to 5 cards between the market and your cards.
If you sell cards, you get to sell only one type of good per turn, and you get as many chips from that good as you sold cards. The chips’ values decrease as the game progresses, so you’d better hurry! But, on the other hand, you get increasingly high rewards for selling 3, 4, or 5 cards of the same good at a time, so you’d better wait!
You can’t sell camels, but they’re paramount for trading and they’re also worth a little something at the end of the round, enough sometimes to secure the win, so you have to use them smartly.
Jaipur is a fast-paced card game, a blend of tactics, risk and luck.
55 x merchandises and camel cards
38 x merchandises tokens
1 x camel token
18 x bonus tokens
3 x Seal of excellence
Naomi Petersen: I Am Telling You I’m Not Going
3-15, 17-29 August, 3.30pm
£8.50 – £9.50