Fringe interview: Bryony Twydle

Character comedian Bryony Twydle (BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama, E!’s The Royals) presents her debut Edinburgh show. Join Bryony as she presents her chaotic collection of interconnected characters. Like Sylvanian families, but less furry.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

It’s my first time as a solo performer, yes. For a few years I performed as part of a nine-person sketch group (yes, that is a thing, and yes, at times it was difficult to fit us all on stage). However, that came to an end when we had a particularly bad Fringe: two of the members of the group – who had been dating – went through a messy break-up just before the Fringe started, then one of members broke her leg and, lastly, I wrote off my car. Of the three, the car was the only breakage I was personally responsible for. I’m hoping that the bad luck won’t follow me up this year!

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

So my show is called Flamingo. I’m a character comedian, so I play six different characters over the course of the show, ranging from a deluded Hollywood actress, to a Greek sex therapist, to a crazed unorthodox speed awareness instructor. There’s something for everyone. It’s fun, fiery and, at times, filthy.

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

I’ve been working on it for the last couple of years – I’ve done work-in-progress shows at the Camden Fringe, Brighton Fringe and Vault Festival- and that time has also gotten me used to being a solo performer on the circuit rather than part of a group. I’m so excited to finally get to show everyone the finished product.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

I always get nervous ahead of any show, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about this one; normally before I perform I have a pre-show ritual, which involves spending half-an-hour wondering whether I need the toilet, before deciding that I don’t, then I dance to some music and finally, just as the lights are about to come up, realise the dancing has had a negative effect on my IBS. So this year I will be packing rescue remedy and Imodium.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

What other show at the Fringe gives you dildos, a method to cover up unwanted camel-toes and a schoolboy doing synchronised swimming to the tune of Riverdance. Oh, and if you’re lucky, you might get a free doughnut.

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

In preparation for Edinburgh I’ve been splitting bills with some amazing comedians, meaning I’ve been lucky enough to see some fantastic previews. Off the back of those, I’d absolutely recommend seeing Alison Thea-Skot, Glenn Moore, Tamsyn Kelly, Catherine Bohart and Olga Koch.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

I will definitely be going to watch Great British Mysteries new show – their last one was fantastic. Maddie Rice’s debut play Pickle Jar is also another one I can’t wait to catch.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Well, if things get too much, which I expect they will, then Edinburgh has loads of places you can go that are away from the hustle and bustle Fringe; last time on my day off I went to climb Arthur’s Seat, although I realised after a while that I climbed the wrong hill – the giveaway was when I got to the top and saw a much bigger hill looming over me. So instead, this year I think I’ll just spend it relaxing.

Sell your show in no more than ten words…

Vibrant character comedy with some filth on the side.

Bryony Twydle: Flamingo, Underbelly Bristo Square,  8.30pm, Aug 1-14, 16-27, www.edfringe.com 

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