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Colin Hoult/Anna Mann: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Colin Hoult Anna Mann edinburgh fringe

A stalwart of the Fringe, Colin Hoult has delighted thousands with his superb character shows. Once again he’s taking on the role of trained actress Anna Mann and she’s taking on the terrifying rise of fascism.


Hello. How are you today?

Oh stuffed full of olives. If you know what I mean. Otherwise fine.

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

Pretty close, although I’m not sure if I mentioned I will be attempting to hot seat Hitler

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

In every way! I’m constantly being told to go back where I came from by men in red baseball caps. I’ve had to toughen up let me tell you. The Fascists are getting in let me tell you and only I, an actress with 25-45 years experience can stop them.

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

In some ways you could say I’ll be living with the ghosts and memories of a lifetime on stage and screen. Loves lost never to return, old friends who turned to foes, dreams of stardom that fell to ashes. On the other hand you could say I’ll be living alone because I hate the stench of others.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I’ve heard that Peter Cliffe, the bollock puppeteer is back this year. About time too. What he can do with a couple of bollocks defies belief! And he often gets the audience involved too. Hilarious, must see! Welcome back Peter (and your bollocks)

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

My annual ‘I’m having a breakdown please send help’ tweet, always gets me a lot of attention when I’m feeling lonely.

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

Jack Spice. Little remembered actor who played the title character in the unfortunately named Spas the Coon, an animated Children’s series from the 70s. Entirely innocent but very ill judged. Never really worked after that but one of the kindest most generous in the business. Died as he lived eating sandwiches. RIP JP.

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

I’d like to briefly mention my old pal Sue Clinch. What that woman has had to go through recently is absurd. She was booked to play Cordelia in an All Obese Lear but has been pulled at the last minute purely because her recent bout of cosmetic surgery has left her looking like a deformed horse. It’s appalling (her being pulled, but also the face) bless you Sue we still believe in you! That said she did steal a boyfriend of mine when we were touring the Crucible back in 87. She was overcome by his John Proctor apparently, But still, what goes around comes around Sue. Actually, screw her she got what she deserved. Come see my show!


Colin Hoult / Anna Mann in How We Stop the Fascists
Pleasance Courtyard
2-27 Aug, 4.45pm
£10-£11

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