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Angus Dunican: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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A finalist in several new act competitions Angus Dunican uses his Edinburgh Fringe show to examines the evolution of our public selves and how our circle of friends can choose to thwart or support our attempts to try on different versions of ourselves.

Hello. How are you today?

I’ve needed the loo for about an hour but I’m not giving in until I’ve finished answering these questions. I think it’s important to consistently send a message to your bum that YOU decided when things happened around here thank you very much…how are you?

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

I am shopping for organ donors as we speak.

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

You know what? It’s not bad actually – I’d even go so far as to say that it’s a fair representation of what I’m doing! But then I took last year off to generate material for this show so it’d be a bit embarrassing if my blurb was still something broad and non committal like ‘Angus ponders the confusion the modern world, no stone will be left unturned…INTO HILARITY!!’

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

Exit flyering shows of a similar temperament that the performer has given you at shout-out for and you do the same for them. That and just hitting the streets. James Loveridge (an extremely hard working and funny guy) had a big free-fringe room under a pub in the new town a couple of years back but he filled it every night and had a lovely bucket just through getting up early and pounding the pavement. It’s political campaign and you’ve got to shake some hands

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

My inner circle is a terrible secret whose power and influence are matched only by their mystery.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Georgie Morell: A Poke in the Eye
Liam Williams’ new play ‘Travesty’
Joz Norris: Hello, Goodbye
Pierre Novellie: Cool Peter

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

The smell. It just cheers me up.

Salt and sauce on your chips?


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

I read a thing a while back about the Seanchaí. They were the traditional Irish story teller dudes, wondering from village to village and spinning yarns in exchange of room and board. That’s kind of what I’d of like stand-up to be like – ideally. Thing is, to achieve it, we’d have to regress to a feudal state…but then that might be on the cards.

Angus Dunican: The Vanity Project
Gilded Balloon Counting House
3-28 August, 4.15pm
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

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