Luke van Coot brings Please Stop!, a comedy documentary, debuting at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this August, exploring the effect of urban regeneration on towns and cities in the UK.
Luke spoke with The Fountain about his plans for the Fringe as well as those beyond August and Edinburgh.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting, what can we expect?
A debut show from a complex man.
My show seeks to amuse, entertain and educate which is all the elements I admire in shows I have seen at the Edinburgh Fringe in previous years. My show uses a mixture of film, audio and live work to keep people captivated.
TF: Please Stop! sounds interesting, what is the premise?
That every major city in and town in the western world now has the exact same facilities from the new build skyscrapers, to chain stores and urban regeneration projects. I explain satirically why this is a problem and crucially, how we can change it, before it’s too late.
TF: And we have high expectations with your background, what was it that propelled you into performing?
I spent my teenage years and early twenties as a very hesitant man who had no belief that I could every forge a career in the arts. I relocated to a new area and decided to join an acting class purely to make friends, I realised during these classes that I enjoyed acting and wanted to pursue it further. I never made any friends in the class but I gained the confidence to try to build an interesting life for myself.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, have you been before?
I have visited the Fringe every year since 2015 and mainly watched shows, ranging from established acts such as Daniel Kitson to people working on the free fringe. This year I will be doing a number of comedy compilation shows to promote Please Stop! so I don’t expect to see as many shows but I want to leave some free-time just to see where I end up and with whom…
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Please Stop!?
It all depends on how Please Stop! is received. I have invited a number of reviewers to critique my shows and so their feedback could affect what I do next. I would like to take Please Stop! to the Leicester comedy festival in February next year and in the long-term tour the show internationally. I would love to take part in the Toronto and Melbourne comedy festivals.
Please Stop!, The City Café, Nineties Room (Venue 85), Free, non-ticketed, 19th – 26th August, 2.25pm (1 hour).