Fringe Q&A with Loud Poets

How would you describe your show in one sentence?

Our show is what happens when fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching spoken word poetry meets the 70’s favourite form of light entertainment… thus Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular was born!

Is this a new show or have you performed it elsewhere?

This is a brand-new show.

Is this your first visit to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

This will be our fifth year at the Fringe and we’ve been incredibly happy to spend all those years at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. So much of an artist’s year is taken up with travel, admin, and the stress of everyday life but the Fringe is this one glorious month where you can dive head first into the thing you love to do and think about nothing else.

How have you been preparing for the Fringe? How has the show developed/changed since your original idea?

This year’s show is totally different from anything we’ve done before. We’re incorporating props and a set, we’re doubling the number of guests from last year, and we’re bringing in a whole new Game Show format. The show also has a name for the first time… of course we had to make it suitably ridiculous.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Festival offerings?

We have always concentrated on showcasing the best of what the Spoken Word section of the Fringe has to offer. This year we aim to prove that spoken word can match anything the Comedy section dishes out: that poetry can make for just as fun, entertaining, and accessible a night out as any comedy show.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Fringe?

The show not to miss this year is ‘This Script and other Drafts’ written and performed by Jenny Lindsay. Jenny is an incredible writer, performer, and promoter and her show this year is a perfect illustration of just how hard she works to put out top quality work and why she is a mainstay of the Scottish spoken word scene. We’ve been lucky to catch previews of the show in progress, and it’s as provocative and politically charged as it is excellently written and performed.

If your show was a place in Edinburgh, which place would it be and why?

We like to think our show would be Waverley train station. Welcoming to everyone, familiar, and reliable but always taking you somewhere new.

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular

Wed 1 – Mon 27 Aug (not 13, 14, 21, 22), 9.30pm (1hr)

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