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Tommy Holgate: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Tommy Holgate may be the one person eating healthily at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. He’s a clinical nutritionist who’s providing his services as a wellness assistant in exchange for a place to sleep

Hello. How are you today?

Hello, I am fantastic thank you. Just about to play table tennis, which is always a good moment.
Furthermore, I have convinced my 16-year-old brother of the benefits of Apple Cider Vineger and Turmeric… And he is a fan of both, so will no doubt enjoy a thriving gastrointestinal tract for many years to come. Brilliant, just brilliant!

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Is Edinburgh ready for a month of Man in the Miracle action, more like?

In answer to your question, yes, yes I am ready. I’ve had two summers off, and am returning with a specific mandate from the Archangels to remind Fringe-going humans of the wonders of the body, mind and spirit.

I cannot wait to see so many people. I love everyone, and there are loads of ‘ones’ to encounter over the month of August, so booyeah! As an entity that imbibes plenty of fresh, raw ginger, I am basically ready for anything at any time.

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

Genuinely great question… At this very stage, it is getting more close to resembling said blurb.

My blurb talks about ‘sincerely explaining exactly how and why’ you are a miracle. I did a couple of previews where I may have ‘strayed’ let’s say, became a bit too politically crusading and railing against genetically modified foods.

Then I looked back at the Fringe guide and realised I should be talking more about our shared divinity, as opposed to doing impressions of Christopher Columbus, decrying Boris Johnson’s Brexit buffoonery and exposing the perils of drinking cow’s milk.

What are your tips for getting people to see your show?

The first tip for getting people in to see one’s show is just hammering the flyering… I enjoy talking to people in the street so luckily I enjoy this aspect of the Fringe! But this year I shall also be dancing in the street and singing mantras through a loudhaler.

If anybody sees a meditative man body-popping in a gold kimono, chanting ‘wahey guru, wahey guru, wahey guru’ it’s probably me.

I’ll also be continually carrying sets of angelic oracle cards, and am happy to do free readings for anybody at any time.

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

Erm, well, I have – due to the fact I chose to perform at this year’s Fringe in a moment of Archangel-inspired-astral travelling and in a mode of financial immobility – not specifically got a set place to stay.

Basically I am crashing with people in exchange for my services as a ‘Wellness Assistant’ – that is ‘paying them in kind’ with massage, meditation, Tai Chi and general provision of stress management techniques!

I am a big fan of the idea of a resource-based economy and so am attempting to put this into practice during this year’s Fringe.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I am looking forward to Nish Kumar, Ed Gamble, Mark Smith, Rhys James, Lou Sanders, Grainne McGuire, Annie McGrath, Jack Barry, Max Dickins, Adam Larter, Adam Hess, Joe Davies and more.

What is also exciting is that I know there will be shows that blow me away that I don’t even know exist yet. Each year there tend to be three or four ‘underground’ shows that catch on with a bit of word-of-mouth, and I am excited to see what those might be.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

Continually asserting and reasserting the great news regarding the miracle of the human body and the wider point that the entirety of life, consciousness, chi, awareness etc is all part of that same miracle.

I also eagerly anticipate the Comedians’ Vs Industry golf and football matches.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Yes please, if it is Himalayan sea salt and homemade guacamole on my sweet potato chips.

Apologies, I am a clinical nutritionist, and thus sometimes come off as a bit of a food snob – but I assure you it is only because I love humans so much!

I do love a bit of source though, as in, the underlying source of energy that unites us all.

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

I ain’t afraid of no ghost.

Tommy Holgate: Man In the Miracle
4-28 August, 1.45pm

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