After last year’s award winning Fringe show, Terry Alderton returns to Edinburgh with a brand new musical (yes, musical!), about his unconventional life so far. The show will touch upon his early career as a professional footballer, his time as a host on BBC1 Saturday night, his Perrier award nomination, his time in the CIA, the fight over a parking space with Prince Charles, the loss of his imaginary friend Bogey and his complete mental breakdown.
Terry spoke with The Fountain about the premise of the show and provided tips for first-time Fringe performers.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
I know – I can’t wait – it’s my favourite time of year!
TF: The show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s a musical about my life as a time traveller, obviously.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I think Marty McFly has been a huge influence on me, but in all honesty I just love the anarchy of people like Andy Kaufman. I’ve been working with the genius that is Richard Melvin from Dabster Productions (he brought me together with Grammy nominee Owen Parker) and together I think we’ve created something very special. It’s just silly and hopefully very funny.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
It’s a marathon not a sprint. Don’t drink, don’t do drugs, and climb that big hill every day – I think it’s called Alfred’s Chair.
I am definitely going to go and see Julia Sutherland’s show at The Gilded Balloon, she’s helped me with my show and I helped her a bit with hers.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
More radio shows for Radio 4, a tour and hopefully we’ll be taking the show to New York and LA. We’re working with Mel Brown from Impressive to make that dream a reality.
Terry Alderton: The Musical, Assembly – George Square Studios One, 6.30pm, 4th – 27th August (except 13th)