When Andrew Bird dealt with the topic of country life in his show ‘Village Fete’ last year, he claimed to have prepared by undertaking a world village tour. But he hadn’t. This time, however, for new show ‘Global Village Fete’ he has. Well, that’s what he’s saying.
Before his return to the Fringe this August at the Gilded Balloon, Andrew tackles the ThreeWeeks Quick Quiz.
TW: Tell us about your 2012 show in no more than 60 words.
AB: In my last show I lied that I had done a world village tour, so this year I set off to actually do one and celebrate the characters and uniqueness of different weird and wonderful villages. Though I was left wondering if that way of life is dying out, and does country life prepare you for this hectic modern world?
TW: Tell us about another show or performer you’re looking forward to seeing this year.
AB: I have a few I always try to see. Glenn Wool (at The Assembly Rooms), Pete Firman (at Pleasance Courtyard), Benny Boot (at Underbelly Bristo Square), Lloyd Langford (at The Assembly Rooms) and James Dowdeswell (at Pleasance Courtyard). But mainly I’m looking forward to seeing something that I don’t know about yet. Because it will be something I’ve never heard of and it will turn out to be great. That’s the best thing about Edinburgh.
TW: How will you be preparing for the Fringe this year?
AB: I will go through a rigorous and stringent process of crippling self doubt. And sell a kidney to pay off the debts.
TW: What advice would you have for someone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
AB: Plan your day like a military operation. Bring a selection of umbrellas. From small to a large sturdy golf umbrella.
TW: If your show was an Olympic sport, what would it be and why?
AB: The opening ceremony. I’m going to have hundreds of school children onstage doing a choreographed display and people from different countries walking around with flags. And it’s costing a fortune.
Andrew Bird’s show ‘Global Village Fete’ was performed at Gilded Balloon Teviot at Fringe 2012.