Fringe: Edward Cory interview (May I Have The Bill Please?)

We’ve all been there. The meal is over. It’s time to settle up. But who had what? In May I Have The Bill Please?, a hilarious new comedy from Robin Mitchell, two couples agree to split the bill, leading to confusion and laughs galore as their true personalities are revealed; in future you’ll agree to go Dutch!
AAA caught up with Edward Cory, who plays Michael in May I Have The Bill Please? and King Pumpalot in Princess Pumpalot, The Farting Princess.

  • How has your Fringe been so far?

The Fringe so far has been hectic, busy, time-consuming and utterly enjoyable. The rush of people out to enjoy themselves brings Edinburgh to life.

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

May I Have The Bill Please is a comedy about two couples, after enjoying a meal in a restaurant, having difficulties and arguments over paying the bill. A situation that many of us has been in, I’m sure. Very funny and true to life. Come and see it.


  • What’s the audience reaction been so far?

The audience reaction has been very positive. Everybody can relate to the situation and the audience members that I have chatted to have enthusiastically regaled me with their own tales in similar situations.

  • The reviews have been very positive – do you read them?

I try not to read reviews until the run has ended. They might colour my performance and I might end up with a giant ego and demand bottled water with a hint of lemon in my star dressing room.

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

The Fringe can be a bit of a money pit. Not just the shows but the food and drink as well. You have to choose carefully what you see. May I Have Bill Please? is modestly priced at £10 and you can leave with a smile on your face. It’s therapy!

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

I would recommend Thief at Sweet Venues as a gripping, soul searching play. For a bit of lightness I would recommend Don’t Tell Him Pike at the Assembly Rooms. Who wouldn’t want to spend an hour with Ian Lavender!  At the Boards please go and see Desperately Young At Heart. Beautiful singing with a cross-dressing character flavour. Very funny.

  • What’s on your hit list to see?

If I could live for ever and had vast wealth I would try and see every show! Everyone deserves a chance.

  • What do you like to do in Edinburgh on your day off?

What’s a day off? I’ve not had a day off in about six weeks. However, with a spare hour or two I like to wander in the Grassmarket, potter in second hand shops and have tea and cake in a cafe.

  • Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time in The Taste of Italy. A cafe-restaurant on the corner of London Road. All the food I have had there has been utterly delicious. It’s all cooked in plain view, so you know it’s fresh and the waitresses always have a smile.

May I Have The Bill Please?, Playhouse, Greenside Place, until August 29 (not Sundays), 2pm, £10, 0844-871 3014