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Edinburgh Fringe Comedy: 10 Questions With Up & Over It

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Jonny Reed

Riverdance alumni Suzanne and Peter - aka Up & Over It - bring their own brand of dance and physical theatre for the post-pop generation to the Edinburgh Fringe. Intrigued? You can find out more as they answer our 10 Quick Questions...

Pitch your Edinburgh show in 25 words or less.

Our show is a fun and in-yer-face, electro-pop, nouveau folk, multimedia, Irish dance, cabaret mash-up. All performed to an electro-pop soundtrack.

Your best Edinburgh moment?
Our penultimate show in our first year was amazing. It was sold out, despite being the only day we hadn't bothered leafleting. Unfortunately, we also played the last Monday of the festival that year - to three sober people slow-clapping.

And your worst?
Our first-ever dress rehearsal was just awful. We finished the hour with costumes and props all over the stage. We walked back to the flat in silence, thinking people were going to hate the show.

You've got one hour free in Edinburgh - what do you do?
Do the circuit. Start at Pleasance Courtyard, walk down to the Royal Mile, watch some free performances and pick up some leaflets, pass Greyfriars Bobby, check out the Udderbelly and grab a burger from the Gilded Balloon. End up in Assembly Gardens for a quick drink and decide which show to see. [This seems to be an incredibly long hour - Ed.]

Which Edinburgh landmark/venue/place would you give a five star review to?
We've had lots of fun nights in GHQ on Picardy Place - a real mix of Edinburgh types go there. It's usually followed by a takeaway from Zara on Blackfriars Street.

Give us a secret Edinburgh tip!
Glasgow's only an hour away and it's got better shops. (Did we just say that out loud?)

Deep-fried haggis or deep-fried Mars bar?
Suzanne's a vegetarian, so it would have to be a Mars bar. We ate a deep-fried Creme Egg once in a fish and chip shop in New York. It was like an evil profiterole, but tasted amazing.

Kilt or trousers?
Kilt! Peter had to wear one in Irish dance competitions, so has a continuing love affair with it. Plus we like to get our legs out when we're dancing, so anything that stops at the knee is good with us.

Arthur's Seat or Arthur Smith?
We used to work at the Hackney Empire in London and Arthur Smith was a regular face, so we'd have to go with him. He's the godfather of comedy.

Complete this sentence: “In Edinburgh, I will be mainly...
...recovering from our daily show, nightly cabaret and hourly leafleting."

Up & Over It's show, Back on our Feet, is at 18.05 at Assembly George Square, 2-26 August. Find out more and book tickets here.

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