“Career suicide at its most shocking” says the blurb, though Rich Peppiatt has already burned most of the bridges that connect him to his former life as a red top hack at the Daily Star.
Having conveniently quit is newspaper job just before Fleet Street at large was put on trial post-Hackgate, Peppiatt has been able to be more candid than most when revealing the ins and the outs of tabloid journalism, both at the Leveson Inquiry and beyond. And now he’s going to dish the dirt direct to the Edinburgh audience. Before that, though, time to answer the Quick Quiz.
TW: Tell us about your 2012 show in no more than 60 words.
RP: For anyone with even a passing interest in the behavior of the tabloid press, it’ll be a hilariously shocking romp through the gutters of Fleet Street, exposing some newspaper figures as never before. For anyone else it’ll be a horrendously tedious hour in which some people they’ve never heard of are pilloried for crimes they’ve no interest in.
TW: Tell us about another show or performer you’re looking forward to seeing this year.
RP: I’m looking forward to seeing ‘I, Tommy’ (at Gilded Balloon Teviot) about the life of Tommy Sheridan. His battle against the the News Of The World over the years has been fascinating. My media navel gazing knows no bounds. I also want to see Stewart Lee’s ‘Carpet Remnant World’ (at The Assembly Rooms) again. The fact we both buy our copy of The Guardian from the same newsagent each morning pretty much makes him family. Admittedly, family I’m too scared to say hello to, but family nonetheless.
TW: How will you be preparing for the Fringe this year?
RP: Gluing shut my letter box so no legal threats can arrive.
TW: What are you most looking forward to about coming to the Fringe of the first time?
RP: As a through-and-through southern nancy this will be my first time coming to Edinburgh in any capacity, let alone performing a show, so I’m excited to get to spend a whole month in a brand new city. That said, if you see me on an open top tour bus feel free to abuse me mercilessly.
TW: If your show was an Olympic sport, what would it be and why?
RP: Live pigeon shooting. OK, it was only held as an event once in 1900, but I’m claiming it. My show is certainly going to get a few feathers in a twist, and will most likely result in me being shat on from a great height.
Rich Peppiatt performed ‘One Rouge Reporter’ at Pleasance Courtyard at Fringe 2012.
Photo: Steve Ullathorne