Describe your show to us

This year we’re doing a drama called Borders. It’s a story describing the current refugee crisis from the perspective of a refugee, inspired by the experience of many refugees I met and spoke to after last year’s show, Angel. It’ll be dealing with some serious issues, but I’m sure there’ll be some jokes in there, too.

How does it feel returning to Edinburgh after your success last year?

Exciting and inspiring, really. It’s great having done well last year – it gives me a bit of a platform, which I’m keen to use. I’m very inspired to talk about the refugee crisis. People are becoming fatigued by the news, and yet there are more people displaced than ever. I think it’s very important that we all stay humane, so I’m keen to try to help put a human face on the crisis.

What is your top Fringe survival tip?

Have fantastic in-laws. My mother- and father-in-law come and stay with us in Edinburgh and frankly, without them, my wife and I would be stuffed. When you’re tired and stressed, it’s great to have family around to put everything in context.

What is the best and worst thing about the festival?

Seeing all your buddies. It’s great doing the Fringe circuit, the same faces pop up all the time. You bump into friends from all over the planet.

The worst thing is seeing all your enemies. It’s a nightmare doing the Fringe circuit, the same faces pop up all the time. You bump into bellends from all over the planet.

Image: Rosalind Furlong 


Borders by Henry Naylor, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 2-28 August (not 16), 4.30pm, from £11.50



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