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What made you decide to work with 3D technology? How did the idea come about?
A dickade ago when we began, and camera and a big screen were cutting edge. Today the audience expects a lot more, and we intend to give them something new.
What inspires you to create a new dick trick and how do you go about it?
Sometimes you will see something and think ‘I can do that!” and then again sometimes you’ll be work shopping and think to yourself “hang on! What does this look like!?” The chicken and the egg really.
Who do you feel your material is aimed at?
It’s for everybody! Half of us have one, the other half is rather curious about them.
What about going on tour around the UK are you most looking forward to?
Seeing the masses trying to cuddle a penis!
Did you ever think you’d make a career out of doing it?
Oh no! Who could ever dream of this! Mind you, think a lot of men dream of traveling the world, getting their penises out for an hour a night, and getting paid for it!
Why do you think men have such a fascination with their penises?
It’s our power source. We keep it hidden, but can’t wait to share it. With it we share some of our most memorable and joyous moments. It’s just always been there for us.
Have you ever had any strange requests from fans?
Too many to mention! No, I will not sign your testicle!
How do you prepare for your shows?
Relax and think of my Nanna.
What was the audition process for cockstars like?
Fascinating. They really do come in all shapes and sizes!
Which is the hardest trick to get right / the easiest to get wrong?
Hardest – Sea Anemone. Easiest to get wrong – The Hamburger. Got to balance those buns!
Have you ever injured yourselves?
Not from performing the tricks, but an old lady did drop me on my head one night.
Tell us about Edinburgh Tonight.
Lorraine: It’s a chat and preview format show with a difference … Joe and I will be chatting with people who are up in Edinburgh and giving them a chance to preview their shows at the festival. The unique element is that every guest on the show gives away a pair of tickets to their next show (that night or the following daytime) so it’s a kind ‘try before you buy’
Joe: The show came about last year when our producer, Terry Finnegan and I had the idea of putting together a guest show with a difference that was fast-moving, and involved the audience. It’s a mix of artists from all over the Fringe and Edinburgh, the shows, the gossip and reviews with a chance for people to win tickets to the guests’ performances later that night or in the week – it rounds up a lot of what’s happening in town in a fun and fast way.
Edinburgh Tonight doesn’t just cover the Fringe does it?
Joe: No, the Fringe is obviously the biggest feature and we have some big guests lined up that will be familiar to a Festival goers, as well as some well-known friends of ours who have agreed to take the plunge and be interviewed, but we’ll also look at some of the people who make Edinburgh what it is. Last year we had a judo expert and Olympic medal hero, and this year we’ll have guests who are making special liqueurs and local fashion gurus to dress Lorraine, who is a model and will look fabulous anyway!
Lorraine: Edinburgh Tonight says what it is – basically anything that you can do, see, hear, experience in the city will be covered.
And it’s televised on the internet?
Lorraine: It’s being filmed live, and the full show will be uploaded onto the www.edinburghtonight.net website, YouTube, and also be available in bars and venues around the city.
So how did you meet?
Lorraine: I was a guest on the show last year – I was in a play (a very dark piece written especially for me) called ‘an evening with Elsie Parsons’ and Terry, the Producer asked me to come on the show. I had a lovely time, Joe was such a wonderful interviewer, he really relaxed me and was very kind and generous, and I felt looked after and respected – so when Terry asked me to join Joe as a presenter, I jumped at the chance – although I was a bit nervous – and I hope that I will be able to add to the whole experience with my own style.
Joe: I was nervous as she was the first really big name that I’d interviewed in front of a live audience but we put each other at ease with jokes and mucking around. We had an amazing chemistry so our producer Terry invited her to co present with me this year. She said it’s something she’s always wanted to do but had never done. She’d been interviewed many times including twice by Michael Parkinson! Big shoes to fill. We’ve got an opening song and have been rehearsing at her place for a couple of weeks before coming up. We’re both very excited, but very different in our styles of interviewing. And the guest list for the show is eclectic enough to match both our tastes!
You’re working again with the notorious reviewer, Kate Copstick.
Joe: Copstick is back! Love her or hate her, she says exactly what she thinks, the glory and the muck are always right there in spades. Last year, I chaired an impromptu grilling of her style by one member of the audience who completely disagreed with her. You have to remember is it’s only one person’s view, but she’s influential and takes no prisoners, just as she is on her ITV show at the moment, and of course, the audience will be getting first impressions direct from her coming out of the show so the latest hot ticket before anything goes to print!
Lorraine: I’ve never met Kate, but I know of her, and am very much looking forward to working with her – I know she’s passionate about Comedy and about Edinburgh – and I have grown over the years to really love the city and the Festival too, so I definitely think we’ll have a lot in common!
And the wonderful Michael Topping.
Lorraine: What can I say about him? ‘Those eyebrows!’ he’s just wonderful.
Joe: I’ve worked with Tops for over 10 years and he’s a clever and very funny man. He wasn’t a fixture on the show last year, as we both had our own projects, which both worked great. This year we have him full-time, he’ll add another touch of camp sparkle to the show, and he’s going to be seeking out his own ‘recommendations’ so you could say we’ve put him in the “ready-to-upstage-the-pair-of-you” position on the set.
Will ScotsGay favourites, Topping and Butch be making an appearance this Fringe?
Joe: Blimey! Well, the act is stronger than ever, we have new songs this year featuring newsy stuff like Rupert Murdoch’s troubles and even a song about the conflict in Libya (all camp fun of course), but Edinburgh Tonight is the focus. T&B will be flying around town. We’re at the Assembly Rooms cabaret ‘Best of the Fest’ on 18th and Priscilla’s bar on the 14th, we are also at Jongleurs Comedy Club on 12th and 13th and Jongleurs Glasgow the two weekends running after that, so we’ll be around, and we might even do a number on the ET show if there’s room one day.
What do you think about Edinburgh/Scotland?
Lorraine: I absolutely love Edinburgh, the Festival and the people. They are so warm and welcoming and friendly. I tell all my friends and people that I meet that they MUST come up to Edinburgh for the Festival as its just such a wonderful experience.
Joe: I like any city for its architecture, the people’s sense of humour and the quality of the alcohol – so Edinburgh scores extremely highly on every level. This is also the place that made it all happen for Tops and me which is why it’s fun to come back – when the Scottish audience is with you – it’s really just a lot of naughty fun. I’m looking forward to Lorraine getting a bit of that, and she’s single, so we have to find her a man.
Do you have any suggested solutions to the world economic crisis?
Joe: Not in the space an organ like ScotsGay has to fit it.
Name your dream guests – out of anyone on the planet.
Joe: This is the ‘how queer is he’ question isn’t it!!! Here are the odd ones of the top of my head: William Hague, Evan Davies (BBC Economic Correspondent), actor Rupert Everett, Matt Smith, Stanley Baxter, Robbie Williams, Sepp Blatter (FIFA), Sarah Palin & Philip Schofield (together). I would adore to interview Posh, just because I think there’s a person inside really trying to get out I like it when the audience feels on a knife edge with every question!
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Scott: My show’s about my mother who was my best friend and my coke dealer. She sold me cocaine when I was eighteen. Which sounds rude – she could’ve given me a bump, but raising kids is expensive when you’re on your own. I’m not saying that all single mothers should become cocaine dealers, but if teen obesity is such a problem then giving them speed solves everything. I think my mother was more an entrepreneur than illicit or illegal and she did a bit of coke herself which probably wasn’t a good idea because she ended up with advanced lung disease. Advanced? Sounds like a compliment, doesn’t it? So that’s kind of what killed her in the end. She just stopped breathing.
And why did you choose such a dark and emotional subject?
Scott: I didn’t know how else to talk about that kind of experience other than in a comedic way. So it’s kind of a show I sort of have to do. And the audience has to listen whether they want to or not. Because I’ve got the microphone, so I win every argument.
So it’s more a form of sadism?
Scott: It is, yeah. ’Cuz I’m gay, the audience are bound and gagged by their guilt. They feel they have to stay because I’m old and clearly near death.
Andrew: My show’s called Andrew Doyle’s Crash Course in Depravity. The title is a direct quotation from a review I received last year. It had never occurred to me that I was depraved, so I thought I’d look into it. So part of my show is about looking back at my own life and working out where this supposed “depravity” came from. I mean, I was beaten with a stick at the age of four by a broad-shouldered nun who spat profusely whenever she was reciting the rosary in school assemblies. She had suspiciously powerful wrists for a bride of Christ. And she had a glass eye, which meant that you could never be sure of who she was shouting at. And she shouted a lot. I suppose being stuck in a convent all day with twenty other frustrated women whose only outlet is amateur billiards must be quite a difficult life. In those circumstances, hitting a small child is probably quite therapeutic. In any case, if I do have any psychosexual problems that’s bound to be the source.
I know that both of you have had heckling and walkouts because people have been offended.
Andrew: I had a verbal death threat after a show by three young guys dressed as West African pimps. My instinct was to laugh, but that probably would have made it worse.
Scott: Audiences are cunts. They don’t want to be challenged. I don’t know why people go to comedy clubs. But if they must go, I don’t know why they choose that night to be offended. I mean, if you go to a comedy club you’re already a cunt because you cannot entertain yourself. And if you go and you’re offended then you should just start your day by shooting yourself in the back of your own pumpkin head at sunrise ’cuz it’s only going to get fucking worse. The thing is if people are willing to laugh at themselves it makes them a lot more popular. I don’t take it personally – if you want to leave my show, do it. But ideally I want people to stay so I can chip away at their self-esteem, to make them feel bad about what they’re laughing at. Like that straight guy I dragged home – well, straight to bed – and I fucked his mouth and came down his throat and he gulped “that’s a first”. That’s how I want the audience to feel. It’s the least I can do for them.
Scott: Why should it? That’s the beauty of live performance, that’s the risk every time, you never know what to expect. You could go and see a play in the West End and be offended by that. You could go and see some Derek Jacobi piece of shit where he minces around on stage, wobbly and bloated and getting his shaved testicles out, but who wants to see that? With Facebook, and Youtube and all this bullshit on line, you have no excuse now if you’re offended and want to leave. You should have looked the comic up. We’re all online. So don’t bitch about it if I talk about Madeline McCann. Some little girl gets killed by her parents and suddenly I get blamed just because I mention it on a comedy stage.
Andrew: In some sense it’s surprising that people still get offended. You would have thought by 2011 the boundaries would’ve all been obliterated. But maybe they haven’t, and maybe that’s because stand-up has become more televisual. More anaesthetised. I don’t set out to shock at all in my act, but when you choose depravity as your subject it’s difficult not to delve into some fairly dark areas.
Do you think there’s such a thing as “gay comedy”?
Andrew: I think there’s still a sense in which if you’re a gay comedian it helps if you’re camp and you rely on a lot of double entendres. That’s still what a lot of audiences expect. I’ve had audience members talking to me after shows who don’t believe I’m gay. Don’t get me wrong – I love Kenneth Williams and the whole “ooh Matron” brand of comedy, but that’s not what I want to be. I don’t think I could be that if I tried. And it’s good to see more and more gay comics on the circuit for whom their sexuality isn’t their primary focus. People like Paul Sinha, or Paul Foot.
Scott: They don’t believe you’re gay? Are they from under a rock?
Scott: I think that comedy is by nature an effeminate response. Because it’s verbal. It’s not a physical response to an aggressive situation. But gay men on stage in this country are nothing new. I think the difference, with someone like Andrew or me, is that we’re not apologetic.
What made you want to become a stand-up?
Andrew: I’m self-hating. And I’m an attention-seeker. And I need validation from strangers. Although more than anything I actually love performing. I love the fact that each show is totally unpredictable, and that so much depends on how the audience takes it. It’s the only art form where hostility from the audience is expected, which is really exciting. Audience members at the National Theatre don’t shout out insults. Although based on some of the productions I’ve seen there recently maybe they should. One thing’s for certain, I didn’t get into stand-up for the money. It would be alright if I was performing at the O2 arena, or if I had a DVD deal. But who wants that? A damp attic above a pub in Yeovil is just as impressive.
Scott: I think that half hour or twenty minutes we have on stage is a really beautiful thing. And I think to ruin it by trying to make money out of it is like a Working Men’s Club with good lighting. Young people today see stand-up as a career choice, like Law, or Medicine, now that there’s a living to be made. It’s a bit delusional, but it’s truer now than it used to be. Yes, you can make a living. Yes, there is enough work.
Really? Isn’t the circuit a bit saturated?
Scott: Well, yes. It’s saturated with mediocrity which is what killed comedy in the US. For a long time comedy was rock n’ roll over there, in the late eighties / early nineties (when I started), it was huge, and then the clubs started closing. For one reason, because people started drinking less, which will never happen here. People’s homes in Britain are far too small to entertain, so they have to go out to a pub. But also they started putting any cunt on stage and the quality of shows became less and less.
So do you think that’s happening here?
Scott: I’m not sure how some comics get out of bed in the mornings. I’m not sure how they memorise their material. So much of it is so rambling, blah blah fucking blah, and I’m left thinking “what is your point? Why are you here? Why do we pay to watch this?” I mean if you’re up on stage purely to entertain – someone like Chris Neill or Sean Meo, both of whom are amazingly creative – that’s great. But if you’re some idiot 24-year-old with eye make-up on who’s just making fun of how fucking ugly he is, I don’t know. It’s just not enough for me.
Scott: I remember when I first came here in 1994. I’d just broken up with my boyfriend because I knew I was coming here for the festival and I just loved kilts. I had such expectations, and when I got here I realised that the gay scene was just beyond disastrous. It seemed like something out of a 1950s horror movie.
Andrew: I quite like it. There’s something about CC Bloom’s, with the tacky tunes and the sticky floor, it’s somehow endearing. And the demographic is so peculiar. You get these skinny, mincing, narcissistic queens mingling with bedraggled, toothless older guys who look like they’ve just stepped off the set of Last of the Summer Wine. And of course plenty of straight women who want a night out without being harassed. It’s a bit of a mess, but there’s real character there. And I like the other clubs too: Planet, Newtown Bar, GHQ, Calton Hill – oh wait, that’s not a club, is it?
Scott, you’re directing Andrew’s Edinburgh show this year. What made you want to do that?
Scott: I was tempted because I like the idea of depravity and how people tend to avoid it in comedy, when actually comedy itself is so depraved. To make fun of desperate situations, if you’re good at it, is genius. But it’s also still very tense, you know? And it makes people uncomfortable, but you can use that to your benefit I think. But also I like the creative process. For me oftentimes rehearsal is more interesting than performance.
Is this the first time you’ve collaborated?
Andrew: I’ve been a guest on Scott’s chat show in London, Scott Capurro’s Position, and I will be again during the fringe run. I also helped him make a green salad once before a dinner party. Well, I rinsed a few leaves.
Scott: I host the show with another American comic called David Mills. We’ve been doing it for three years now at the Vauxhall Tavern. We just put a list together of celebrities we’d like to meet, and we call them all, and some of them actually say yes. It’s been kind of great that way. And it’s a different type of performance. It’s much more relaxed for me.
Andrew: I really like the combination of you and David. It works really well.
Scott: Stop talking. David’s hilarious. There’s something about him that is so fresh and unusual. I love working with him.
Scott, why is your show called Who Are The Jocks?
Andrew: It sounds like you’re having a go at the Scottish.
Scott: I was only recently made aware, by a drunk inbred heckling during a preview, that ‘Jocks’ meant ‘Scots’ in the UK. Or so he said. Might be true, but the Scottish say a lot of shit, and anyway who can tolerate or even dissect the Scottish accent? In their plaid drawl, ‘jocks’ sounds like ‘cunts’. In fact, every word in Scotland, including their “varied” “food” menu items, sound like ‘cunts’. But aren’t the ginger retards the first to admit they’re cunts, affectionately, and the first to be proud of their fat asses, bragging they’d never exercise, not even their rights? Since the Scottish are, per capita, devolving into the fattest country in the developed world, I’m re-owning the word ‘Jock’. I’m taking it away from them, and until they drop a few stones and circumcise themselves and stop forcing their head cheese down my throat, they are now to only be referred to as ‘cows’. ‘Jocks’ has to be earned.
Andrew: Well, that certainly touched a nerve.
Scott: Am I just an old drunk gay uncle that everyone wishes would shut the fuck up or die of gay flu or whatever?
Andrew: I suggest you find Christ.
Scott: He’s under the banquet table, scooping up lost earrings. What a scrounger.
What is your new show, ‘Mrs Chuckles’ all about?
I talk a bit about being uptight and shy. I also talk about what I would like to say when I die. I seem to mention biscuits a lot too. It’s a much more uplifting show than usual.
You’ve also got a second show, ‘Mary, Contrary’.
Yes I do. What’s it about? Well I’m glad you asked… It’s a show about the Virgin Mary in art. I kind of cover the development of western art alongside the development of Mary’s story. It isn’t a diatribe on religion… I try and remain respectful but I have no interest in whether people leave believing. It’s funny too.
You have described yourself as “miserable”. Has success cheered you up
Not really. Success has put me up for online hate. That’s kept me tethered. This is your third consecutive Edinburgh Fringe, but your first at this venue.
What made you choose the Gilded Balloon?
Balloons are fun!
Are there any things you particularly like or dislike about Edinburgh,
compared to your native Smithton, Tasmania?
Edinburgh seems to have much death in it’s past. That’s a positive. Everyone
who who has ever been born in Smithton is still alive. Or propped up at least.
Do you have any suggested solutions to the world economic crisis?
Eat less oil.
You’re frequently on television on Adam Hills show in Australia. Do you
prefer TV or performing live?
They are very different beasts. TV is fun because you get your hair and make
up done. Live is rewarding because drunk people get angry at you. I feel I am
really contributing to society in both mediums.
Which other comedians have influenced you?
I don’t compare myself to any comic I admire. It would dilute their qualities. I am
inspired by most female comedians making a crack of it because I’ve often been
told that the ladies can’t do funny. We can and we are doing so in many different
mediums. *tipping my imaginary hat*
Do you have a girlfriend at the moment? If no, what kind of women do you
I do. I am very lucky. I won her on a scratch card on a discount airline. She
looks good in orange.
If you could go on a date with a famous person, who would it be with and
Detective Olvia Benson off law and order special victims unit. The character, not
the actress. I just like her and would like to chat over food instead of a special
4.45pm 3-29 August
Hannah Gadsby: Mary. Contrary. Gilded Balloon
2pm 17-19 & 24-26
What is your new show, ‘Tom Allen’s Afternoon Tea’ all about?
It’s the perfect start to your evening on the Fringe, that’s what! It’s jam packed with my stand up comedy, interviews with celebrities and top festival performers and a whole host of games and stupidity to get you in the mood for enjoying what Edinburgh has to offer in August!
Name your top 3 dream guests.
Well I’m happy to say one of them has already said yes, and it’s my friend Sarah Millican. She’s a dream guest because, like me, she loves cakes. And also because whenever I do see her, we both seem to spend most of the time laughing. Then I’d also include Bette Midler just for being sassy and then maybe Rufus Wainwright, to be poetic.
You’re just back from a sell-out run in Australia at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. How was Oz?
It was a lot of fun – I performed in Melbourne and Sydney and loved both places.
There’s this sense of optimism about Australia – it feels very youthful, even the
old people seem young! It’s also a great place for eating healthily – and breakfast
there is extremely bonza – I was introduced to ‘Avocado on Toast’ which is
just sliced avocado on toast with lemon and salt and pepper (perhaps you didn’t
need this explanationH) and it’s AMAZING!
You’re currently playing Pip in Bleak Expectations with Anthony Head and
Richard Johnson. Do you prefer Stand Up or acting?
I like both, essentially because I think they’re both about story telling – you’re
bringing an audience into someone else’s shoes and taking them on a journey.
With Stand Up it’s just that it’s your shoes so it can feel a bit scarier. You also
tend to be freer to improvise, poke fun at the things you’ve noticed and laugh
about the things you’ve experienced. It feels very personal just you standing on
stage talking to an audience. Whereas with acting you’re working with a team of
other people on stage and you’re telling the story as it’s written so it’s more challenging
to make that feel spontaneous (though, at it’s best I think it should feel
that way) and of course there’s introducing an audience to a character who’s not
In 2010 Attitude Magazine called you a ‘gay role model’.
Do you see yourself in that way?
I was very flattered by it, largely because I grew up feeling like I wasn’t very
good at being gay. Even on the gay scene I’ve always felt like a big square (do
people even say square anymore? Is it actually square to say square?) but I
guess that’s maybe why they wrote it – you don’t have to be good, or bad or anything
at all, you just have to accept yourself and do your thing. Maybe that’s what
a role model doesH
Are there any things you particularly like or dislike about Edinburgh?
I love the trams – they’re like conceptual trams. Like a modern art project that
everyone’s participating in.
Do you have any suggested solutions to the world economic crisis?
Yes – think positively.
Which other comedians have influenced you?
I love Maria Bamford from America. I was at Just for Laughs with her in Montreal
a few years ago and ever since I’ve been mesmorised by her. I’d say I also love
people who tell stories like David Sedaris and Alan Bennett and even Victoria
Wood. I also really love the playfulness of Eddie Izzard and people like Reggie
Watts and Eugene Mirman.
Do you have a boyfriend at the moment? What kind of guy do you like?
No I don’t. I think confidence is very attractive. And ginger hair. And beards. And
kilts. And a Waitrose. Oh and kind eyes.
If you had the role as the 12th Doctor, who would be your companion?
Probably a medical doctor, like Dr Quinn Medicine Woman or Carl Kennedy from
Neighbours – I’ve often worried about what The Doctor would do if he was ill.
Just like a throat infection or something. That Tardis can’t do everything.
Tom Allen’s Afternoon Tea Gilded Balloon
3.15pm 3-28 August
You performed in Edinburgh as part of your UK tour.
Yes. It was at Cabaret Voltaire. I loved that gig, it was the 3rd date on the tour and prior to that one in both Belfast and Glasgow the noise level in the audience was so loud that we couldn’t really hear each other on stage. But then a bit of Self policing went on among the fans on Twitter and Facebook telling each other to be quiet and it all came together in Edinburgh. The audience was really quiet and attentive and it was just such a great gig.
Your exclusive Fringe performance will feature brand new tracks?
That’s right. I’ve been in Glasgow for three months filming the next series of Lip Service and I’ve been writing the whole time and collaborating with singer/songwriter Horse, which has been both a pleasure and an education. Edinburgh will really be the first chance for fans to hear all the material from my forthcoming album “Sabotage”
You have a new band?
Yes. I have now got together the band that will be touring with me next time and
also working on the album with me. Lisa Tring will still be on drums and I’ve now
got two incredibly talented new musicians – Kelly Appleton on guitar and Sara
Farina on Bass and backing vocals. It was always going to be a case of
developing the sound I want on the album through gigging with different
musicians, but I think Kelly especially has really added something to my sound
giving it a fuller and more current vibe.
Your next album is being recorded with Nigel Wright. That’s very exciting.
I am just thrilled that he has agreed to do it. I have known Nigel since he
produced my cover single of “The Rose” back when I was 24 and signed to
BMG. He has worked with so many people over the years including Barbara
Streisand. He was also Oscar nominated for the production of the soundtrack for
the film versions of “Phantom of the Opera” and “Evita”. He is perfect for what
we want as the album will be live musicians and big vocals – and no one does
that better than Nigel.
Tell us about your online web series.
The web series was a way of us getting a tour documentary out to the fans
without the huge expense of distribution etc. We are funding all this ourselves
but still want to be able to give the fans everything that an artist with major label
backing could give. Filmmaker Patrick Stutt came on the tour with us and filmed
the performances and the back stage goings-on. We put together 4 twenty
minute episodes and the response has been fantastic. They can still be
purchased and viewed now from my website www.heatherpeace.com.
Do you consider yourself a role model for other out lesbians?
I think yes but just by default. “Out” or “In” lesbians have a serious lack of visible
gay women to relate to so if it means a young gay woman can say to her Mum
“Look she’s gay and she’s alright”, then it’s worth me being visible.
Is your first love acting or music?
It depends on so many factors, including quality of the script or music. I did not
like having to do acting jobs just to pay my mortgage, I’d obviously rather just do
work of quality and with my music career taking off I no longer have to take
those jobs. However if an amazing series or film came up I could not turn it
How close to the Lip Service character DS Sam Murray are you in real life?
Erm. I am a woman. I am Gay. Erm. . . . . . No seriously, she is far cooler than
me, far stronger and thinks before she speaks. I am much more emotional, flaky
and free-spirited than Sam.
Will you catch any other performers whilst in Edinburgh?
I will definitely be checking out my friends Jen Brister, Zoe Lyons and Suzi
Ruffell who all have stand up shows throughout the month.
Heather Peace at The Edge Testival The Liquid Room
7pm 13 August
Edinburgh City Council is pushing ahead with an unpopular right wing scheme to privatise a vast number of council jobs. The justification behind the plan is the need to pick up the council’s share of the bill to bail out the city.
According to public sector Trade Union, UNISON, Fred the Shred and his colleagues grabbed luxury severance pay outs when the banks collapsed, while the city’s hard working public servants pay with their jobs, salaries and pensions – or get hived off to profit hungry private companies. And with private services, come poorer services for everyone.
UNISON state that the privatisation process in Edinburgh is flawed in many ways. Numerous law breaking, price fixing companies with dodgy health and safety records were invited to bid for work in the full knowledge of council officials. But the public were never told. In fact the public have been left conveniently in the dark because there has been no public consultation on the content of the private bids.
What the hell has this got to do with the the Edinburgh Fringe you may ask? UNISON has launched the Mobilise Anti-Cuts Festival. It brings together performance, workshops, debate and direct action in an eight day festival from 13th- 20th Aug.
With support from the likes of Stewart Lee (pictured), Josie Long, Mark Thomas, Carol Anne Duffy, Tommy Sheppard and many others, this attempt to marry political activity with the arts could well be the talk of The Fringe. Go to www.mobilisefestival.co.uk for more info or you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.