Character comedian, Bryony Twydle, makes her Edinburgh Festival debut this August with her show, Flamingo, at the Underbelly. She has previously performed on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama and Sketchorama Extra and was a cast member on the E! sitcom The Royals amongst other acting roles.
Bryony spoke with The Fountain about the characters she plays out with this show as well as divulging some of her influences.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes! I can’t wait! I’ve been working on my debut show for a couple of years and I can’t wait to get it up in front of some Edinburgh audiences.
TF: The show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
I’m a character comedian, so I play six different characters over the course of the show, ranging from a deluded Hollywood actress, to a Greek sex therapist, to a crazed unorthodox speed awareness instructor. There’s something for everyone. It’s fun, fiery and, at times, filthy.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I’ve always loved French and Saunders and did lots of sketch comedy while at university. Having performed at a few Edinburgh’s as part of a nine-person sketch group (yes that is a thing and yes at times it was difficult to fit us all on stage), I decided that the time was right to create my own show. I continue to be inspired by so many funny women that I perform alongside on the circuit.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Well obviously see lots of other shows, but also make some time to explore away from the Fringe, spend a while outside the hustle and bustle. If you get a chance climb Arthur’s Seat, although don’t do what I did a couple of years ago – I climbed the wrong hill. The giveaway was when I got to the top and saw a much bigger hill looming over me.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
Sleeping. For probably the whole of September. And then after that, I’m not sure! I’ve no idea what it’ll be like doing a solo Fringe and how I’ll feel afterwards. But in all honesty, I’ll probably get to November and start umming and ahhing about going up again and then panic and book in another Edinburgh. I honestly can’t think of anything better to do in August.
Bryony Twydle: Flamingo, Underbelly – Daisy Room, 8:30pm, 4th – 27th August