Richard Sparks, writer/director of Margarita Dreams, provides the As to our Qs. He’s the man behind an exciting sounding show that promises a whirl of absurdities.
Hello. How are you today?
Full of beans. After our first five days of rehearsals I have just this morning finished another rewrite, and come up with some new stuff I can’t wait to send the cast. I think they might like it…
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
Very closely. We’ve been writing, rewriting and preparing since February. Rehearsals began in early June. Then a break for a couple of weeks, another get-together for a day or two, and in mid-July we start the run-up to our London preview in earnest, aiming to be firing on all cylinders by the time we hit Edinburgh.
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
Not our show as such, but our lives, of course. Sadness and bafflement at the atrocities. Politics both sides of the Atlantic are gripping, but in a giant anaconda way. It is a relief to leave that all at the door for our hour of Margarita Dreams.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
Company is all sharing a flat, and I am confident that the fact we all like each other will help them to survive the month. We know it’s demanding, but we’re going to give it our all. I am staying with cousins — who are very good at Rest-and-Recreation…
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
Lucy Porter’s stand-up, Choose Your Battles. Also Brendon Burns and Craig Quartermaine in Race Off.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
Seeing a ton of old Edinburgh friends and relations. We’re lucky to have so many locals in our sights, so we’re hoping for a good turn-out for our opening.
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2017
John Hurt. A great actor and a great loss.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it
I was last on the fringe (as writer and cast-member) in 1972, 73 (Oxford Revues starring Mel Smith), 74 and 76 (two-handers at the Richard Demarco Gallery). The cast of Margarita Dreams are all in their early 20s, with only two previous fringe shows between them. And we are all equally revved up about this show, and looking forward to August.
2-27 Aug, 2pm