What advice would you give to a performer coming to the festival for the first time?

Know why you’re coming up and don’t put yourself in major debt. Don’t waste time flyering the Royal Mile. If you’re the inevitable ‘young girl in bra and knickers lying down on the street, handing out pieces of paper about your fingerpuppet musical version of Hamlet’, you’re wasting your time. Flyer around your venue 1-2 hours before your show.

What’s your best memory of appearing on the Fringe?
Highlights have been performing in La Clique back in 2004 and 2005; we would play to amazing crowds and then dance the night away. I remember one time when you could still smoke in the tent and someone was smoking a joint! I stole the joint, had a toke and handed it to an old lady, who had a toke and passed it to her granddaughter, who had a toke and handed it round the front row. That was pretty classic.

What are you most looking forward to?
I’m very excited to play in the Assembly Rooms’ new tent in Princes Street Gardens. Having the chance to bring The Crack to Edinburgh is going to be amazing. Let anarchy rule!

The Crack, Assembly @ Princes Street Gardens, 5-29 August (not 16), 9.30pm,
Tel: 0131 623 3030

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