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Who are we talking to?

Chris Isaacs – co writer and performer.

What’s your show about?

Two male friends, one straight, one gay, trying to find balance having a best mate while being their worst selves.

Who’s gonna like it?

Hopefully lots of people.  I think people who enjoy storytelling, nights like Barefaced Stories, will dig the form of the show.  It’s really two characters having a yarn about their lives and friendship leading up to a wedding they are both invited to, so it has a relaxed personal feel.  The comedy in it is honest, if not brutal at times, observant and self deprecating.  We dissect and explore questions of machoism and manliness.

When and where is it on?

PICA Performance Space,  February 3 to February 7.

What else are you looking forward to at this year’s Fringe?

So much!  I think Kraken is my early pick for the fringe.  Trygve Wakenshaw’s work Squidboy was a ripper of a show, and all reports are Kraken is better.  This is a work coming straight from a season at The Soho in London, so he’ll be show fit, really aware of what the show is, and is one of the most generous, loving performers I’ve seen on stage.  I’m also keen on Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn’s Fake It ‘Til You Make It, which we share a space with.  This exploration of what it means to be a ‘real man’ could be a very interesting work when put alongside FAG/STAG, and we’re on right after one another… a nice bit of programming I think.  Check out Stuart Bowden: Before Us and Point and Shoot, the very fun remount of last year’s successful musical, Moving On Inc. a debut script by the very talented Mikala Westall, and I Can Breathe Underwater by the far too smart for so young Zoe Hollyoak and the team at The Cutting Room Floor.  Then there’s Hush: An Evening of Quiet Music, all the shows in the Summer Nights programme at The Blue Room and of course my fellow The Last Great Hunt productions Yoshi’s Castle, Bruce, Elephents and Monroe & Associates.

Anything to add?

Don’t think too much about what to see and why.  Fringe is about taking the risk, walking in blind to a show, embracing the nature of art with an openness and willingness to be entertained.  There are no right or wrong shows – get out there and see everything.  Take a chance on the one’s you’re sitting on the fence over.  That’s what I’ve learnt to do at festivals around the world, and it’s the only way to really immerse yourself in it.  Say yes more often then no.

For tickets and session times, click here.


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