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Tessa Coates: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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One of several sketch stars maker a solo debut at this year’s Fringe, Tessa is a member is one third of the critically-acclaimed Massive Dad who had a smash hit show in 2014.

Her blurb for this solo effort promises “character and story-telling with very intense academic research”.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m great thank you so much. How are you? Thanks for asking, I feel like you really cared about the answer. Thanks for checking in on me [No problem – Ed].

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

Hmmmmm. I’ve seen closer.

Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?

Not really. I tried some hot political satire once and it was not for me! I talk about some political stuff that happened about 150 years ago and that’s about a recent as things get.

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

Oh some lovely people! Kat Bond and Jon Pointing who’ve both got amazing shows, and some other folks who’ve I not met yet but who are so far being very good value on the WhatsApp thread. I think it’s going to be an ace house full of top lads.

My plan is to be completely awful until the half way point; up early, running, yoga, swimming, early nights, tee-total. And then after the half way point I’m going to absolutely lose my mind.  

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Joe Morpurgo, what a genius, Kiri Pritchard McClean, she’s a star, Jack Barry, Colin Hoult, Adam Riches, Steen Raskopoulos, Trygve Wakenshaw, Amy Annette’s ‘What Women Want’, The Wrestling.

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

Having a lovely snack and a lovely drink and a nice sit down. The one sunny day where I insist on taking whoever is nearest to me to Steak and Mussels for the lunch deal. Climbing up a bit of Arthur’s Seat before losing morale. Finding out which day it’ll be this year that I have a cry in the Courtyard.

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?

I think Victoria Wood and Alan Rickman. Just much, much too soon.

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

My friend Lucy just came and read this over my shoulder and said I come across as ‘very bland’. She’s also suggested that instead of using this space to tell you something that happened to me today involving a newt I should attempt to encourage people to come to my show. Do come. That would be nice.


Tessa Coates: Primates
Pleasance Courtyard
2-26 Aug, 3.30pm
£8-£9

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