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Eleanor Morton: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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Hello. How are you today?

I am fine. It’s a balmy 24 degrees and I’m counting down the days until the cold autumn rain falls again.

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

Er, I’d say it’s close enough. I think people go and see comedians, not shows. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a blurb and thought ‘If this isn’t exactly realised I will be furious’.

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

With my brother. He better have cleaned it! He’s an artist so everything normally smells of turpentine. And with my parents when I get there, nothing says crazy international arts festival like asking your mum for exact bus change.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

Oooohhhh yes. Well, I can’t remember any show titles but Sian Docksey, Sooz Kempner, Matt Winning, Adam Larter, John Luke Roberts, Jordan Brookes, Gavin Webster, Liam Withnail, Seymour Mace, Ali Brice, loads and loads more.

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

James Meehan is cutting hair to raise money for CALM – words cannot describe how excited I am about not paying £40 just for a trim. Look at me now, mother!

The Fringe’s tagline this year is ‘Into The Unknown’. What do people not know about you?

I have a masters in screenwriting. If anyone’s interested in my spec script; ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahuas 4; 2 Chihuahua 2 Furious’ please do get in touch.

I’m bored of all the podcasts I currently subscribe to. Can you recommend me a good one please?

I just started listening to Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. Each episode he sits down with a different expert and learns something new. Topics range from pirates to ethics to global politics and that man is a STONE COLD DIAMOND.

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

The year is 2032. Plastic have been banned for years. The ocean is clean. The economy is booming. Haircuts suit people’s face shapes. Only Brecken McKinley, Private Dick and publicly a bit of a bellend, is suffering. After an accident involving a broomstick and an oesophagus, McKinley has been left with a windpipe resembling a broken water flume. Doctors tell him he has only days to live, unless he can find a way to hold his windpipe in place. There’s only one object that will do that – a plastic drinking straw.

There’s just one problem – they no longer exist. At least that’s what McKinley thinks, until he meets shady black marketer Willem Dreyfus Jnr. Let’s just say, he has access to an abandoned All Bar One and the balls to do whatever it takes to save his friend. And if that wasn’t all, there’s a bunch of 1980s German terrorists on their tale.

Coming Summer 2019, Short Straw, starring John Hamm as McKinley and Jonah Hill as Dreyfus.

Eleanor Morton: Great Title, Glamorous Photo
The Stand
Aug 1-25, 12.05pm

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