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Sleeping Trees: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Acclaimed sketch group Sleeping Trees take a trip to the movies in this exciting sound show.


Hello. How are you today?

Genuinely terrible, we just got back from Glastonbury and we ran our immune systems into the ground over the weekend so now all three of us are incredibly ill. Apparently eating raw broccoli is a pretty good cure-all so I’m about to chow some of that down.

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

This year it’s pretty accurate as we are bringing back our last three shows as one package as was always our intention for this project so we’ve had the blurb in the bag from the beginning.

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

2016 was a big old year wasn’t it? Think everyone was affected. We live in such media frenzy now that we are connected to more people than ever before. Made us all realise how easy it is to become attached to people you have never met, which is both good and bad for its own reasons.

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

This year it’s just us, well, our crew. We’ve got Ben our musician, Jimi our sound tech and Alice our producer. We all help to keep each other sane, we’ve been a gang together now for a few years and its great, we will miss having some others with us though, Helen Duff and Bootworks last year were fantastic at keeping us positive.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Ohhhh yeah. There is plenty of fantastic stuff up there this year. Really looking forward to seeing Gein’s Family Giftshop, big fan of anything they do at the moment. David McIver is taking a new show up which I’m excited to see. Also I met my girlfriend two years ago at a Joz Norris show so we go and watch him for our anniversary every year which is always a treat.

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

Always love those Scottish delicacies, the amount of pies we consume during August is obscene.

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

Bowie was huge, such a cultural presence. Horribly it takes an absence to realise how much you appreciate somebody like that.

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

I’ll leave you with this advice. Don’t bother eating the broccoli. It does nothing.


Sleeping Trees at the Movies
Pleasance Dome
2-28 Aug, 5.30pm
£12-£13

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