altBack on the Fringe for the first time since 1998, Smack the Pony’s Doon MacKichan is looking forward to dinner at The Witchery and celebrating her Scottish heritage.

Are you looking forward to performing at the festival again after such a long gap? Yes. I’m trying to think how long it’s been. 12 years! I’m very nervous though. I’ve never done anything more than 20 minutes by myself and this is an hour of me talking.

Is there anything you’re really looking forward to seeing this year? I like to see bits of the International Festival, though I do find that simultaneous translation very funny – when you get a Spanish troupe talking, then hear a weird translation in your ear. I’ll be seeking out non-commercial things too. And Kevin Eldon, he’s my number one show to see.

What are your best and worst memories of performing at the festival? One year I did three shows a day. I remember after the last night thinking, “my God, I’ve finished this marathon”, going up Arthur’s Seat with a bottle of Laphroaig and watching the sun come up. My worst was the first time, sleeping in a toilet, because my bedroom was a Ladies in the venue.

What can we expect from your Fringe show, Primadoona? I hope you’ll laugh and maybe cry. It’s an autobiographical piece that’s funny in places. It’s not about being Scottish, it’s about being human.

What inspired you to bring a show up to the festival this year? I’d written it and it’s where I wanted it to open, because it’s a world premiere and I didn’t want it to open in London. I wanted to come back to where I’ve always tried stuff out in the past, before getting sucked into television.

If you have a day off, what are you planning to do? Go back to my old house! Drive out to Upper Largo where I grew up and show the kids place I used to live.

Do you have a favourite restaurant in the city? I had a lovely meal at The Witchery once. But I’m really looking forward to finding out what’s hot and what’s not.

Primadoona, Gilded Balloon, 4-30 August (not 10, 17, 24), 5.30pm, £5, Tel: 0131 622 6552

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