It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Edinburgh Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year! We have also been able to interview some of the acts that are heading up to the Fringe as well.
Anna Clifford: I SEE DEAD(LY) PEOPLE
Location: Gilded Balloon Teviot – Balcony (Venue 14)
Dates: Aug 3-28th
Price: £11.50 concessions £10.50
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
Hello! I am Anna Clifford, an Irish comedian, actor, podcast host and chancer!
Will do most things if I can get a good laugh, a good meal or a tenner out of it!
I’m currently homeless, splitting my time between Dublin, London and soon Edinburgh!
If I had to tell a fun fact about myself at a group interview I probably wouldn’t show up!
What’s the name of your show this year?
‘I SEE DEAD(LY) PEOPLE’
That’s the Irish version of the word ‘Deadly’ meaning ‘bloody brilliant’
not to be confused with the normal meaning ‘blood everywhere!’
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the fringe?
I can’t remember when exactly it came to me, probably while sleeping or showering one of those annoying times you don’t want to be thinking and don’t have a pen!
It’s a play on the iconic line delivered by Hayley Joel Osomond in the Sixth Sense. For a comedy hour it’s a broad enough title to fit in themes I discuss of trying to see the best in people, self discovery, hallucinations, getting ghosted by someone and thinking my Mum was going to die! I think everyone is deadly but somebody already reading this thinks I am a bit of a twat!
Tell us all about your show!
Facing an existential crisis Anna powered off her phone and dived head first into an Ayahuasca retreat in the Irish Wilderness. Four days later she returned a changed woman, but that’s not all that changed. In four short days the world had entered a global pandemic, her boyfriend had ghosted and her Mother announced she might, kinda, maybe, possibly might die! Having just found herself, Anna was feeling lost in a World that had changed utterly in four short days. In a hilarious show about a positive outlook versus the real World, Anna will have you in stitches with real stories that are truly unbelievable!
Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe.
I have been up to the Fringe four times previous to this year but this year is my first solo hour show.
I would just say you have put in the hard work, so try to enjoy yourself as much as you can.
Set the bar really low and you wont need to facetime your Mum for a cry!
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?
Deodorant, pot noodles and some crystals!
Deodorant to save the people around you, pot noodles to save yourself and crystals to save money on therapy!!
These three could all be placebo’s but they work for me!
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
See a show, have a beer, have a browse in the market.
See a paid for show, a free show, a street performer.
Go to the earliest show and the latest show you can find.
Go to the baked potato shop and the Mac and cheese food truck.
Tell yourself you’re going to climb Arthur’s seat one of the days and then just go to the pub.
It’s the thought that counts!
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
There is no denying the cost of bringing a show to Edinburgh is extremely high and makes it very difficult for performers.
I’d love to see that change to make it more accessible and affordable for people.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Paying someone else to do it! There is a skill in talking yourself up and I don’t have it!
As an Irish woman we were thought to be humble from a young age, the fact that there is a flyer with my face on it is humiliating enough for my family. I think I will flyer in disguise this year and let you know how I get on!
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
I had the loveliest audience of four people at a work in progress in Brighton an older couple and two young friends and we had a great time!
If I could clone them to fill an arena that would be perfect.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@annacliffcomedy on all platforms. Please do follow me. I promise I don’t have any dancing videos!
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Because it’s deadly!