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Boris & Sergey: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Boris&Sergey_credit Dylan Tate

The bad boys of puppetry with what will undoubtedly be another thrilling, ingenious show. Sergey is the one answering our Qs.


Hello. How are you today?

We are very well, Boris has been busy in the kitchen preparing goulash and I have been practicing my Corporeal Mime technique for 17 hours straight, I have only had one glass of lemon water in the past three days and so have flushed my toxins and achieved a transcendental state in preparation for The Fringe.
This will be my Opus.

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

Programme Blurbs are so last year, at this point we are so well respected that we don’t write anything. A blank space represents our art far better than any words possibly could. Untold possibility, reaction in the moment, in the moment reaction, play and complicitè.

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

We have been too involved in taking our show to the underprivileged children living in southern Botswana to have had much time for keeping up with the traditional media.

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

I am sharing a flat with Boris, he has kindly agreed to forgo his daily ration in order to ensure I have energy for the show. He will instead suck a piece of boiled shoe leather for sustenance, occasionally I will let him carry my costume to the launderette so that he gets enough vitamin D.

He needs a lot of care and I will spend the next month child-proofing the plug sockets and anything that has a sharp edge, also anything shiny, it sets off something wild in him.

My puppeteers will all be sleeping in a closet that is costing £4,000 per week, there are shelves in there so I think we’ve got our money’s worth.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Unfortunately my show is so intense and the preparation so all encompassing that I don’t know if I will have time to see very much. Is Steven Berkoff at the festival? Perhaps I’ll look him up for a coffee, he has always been such a fan of my work.

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

The inevitable Fringe First award, and mentoring the young aspiring (female) actors that flock to see me perform. Quiet strolls up to the castle, the burning hot sun, turning off all my notifications and getting offline for a month.

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

Gene Wilder or Alan Rickman I can’t decide… both were dear friends, we had spent so many nights discussing the need to balance our acting careers with our activism and charity work. Additionally Piers Morgan, I won’t forget his screams as I drove away.

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

‘Life is a Cabaret old chum, come to the Cabaret.’ – Liza Minnelli


Boris & Sergey’s One Man Extravaganza
Assembly George Square
2-27 Aug, 9.25pm
£10-£12.50

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