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Aaron Calvert: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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Hello. How are you today?

I’m very well thank you, excited to be up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Between preparing for the Fringe, performing and seeing other shows, I haven’t stopped for a good month, but it’s entirely worth it. Thank god for coffee…

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

My blurb currently matches the show perfectly, it’s exactly what it says on the tin. Declassified is a show full of mind reading and astonishing hypnotic feats. You will witness audience member perform the inexplicable in a series of superhuman feats.

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

I’m sharing a flat with my co-writer and director Sam Fitton. Sam and I have worked together for the last 7 years, and last year lived together in Edinburgh too. We’re very good at keeping each other’s spirits up, which is so important in Edinburgh, we take it in turns to cook dinner and spend time relaxing and seeing shows together. Essentially we become a married couple in Fringe… And we play the occasional practical joke on each other to keep us on our toes and that never gets out of hand *coughs awkwardly.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

I love Edinburgh for the shows, that’s one of the best parts of living in Edinburgh for the month. Top of the list are Sam Fitton Dreamer, Spontaneous Potter, Stephen Bailey, Patrick Monahan and Griffin & Jones. I’d recommend you check all of those out too!

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

Aside from the shows and meeting hundreds of new and creative people one of the things I look forward to all year about Edinburgh is a little restaurant called ‘Thai Caravan’. It’s the best Thai food I’ve ever had and I’m salivating thinking about it now. If you want to find me I’ll probably be there.

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

My whole show is essentially into the unknown. In Declassified I push the boundaries of people to achieve a series of memorable hypnotic feats. What most people don’t know about me is I’m actually a qualified doctor and I have some kick ass dance moves that led me to be a stand in dancer for Guardians of the Galaxy…

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

Yes! The Hamish and Andy podcast. They’re an Australian comedy duo, kind of like if Ant and Dec were hilarious. They come up with ridiculous schemes and challenges and they have me laughing for the whole 45 minute episode, which normally keeps me company on late night drives coming back from gigs.

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

For the last few years I’ve been working to try and bring hypnosis into the 21st century, moving away from the tired old stereotype of making people cluck like chickens. I want to show people hypnosis is capable of something much more memorable and can give you a profound experience. With Declassified I feel like that goal is within reach. The best advice I can give you coming to Declassified is to take part in everything, you won’t regret it and you may just leave with a legend of your own to tell.

Aaron Calvert: Declassified
Gilded Balloon at the Museum
1-26 Aug, 6pm

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