The uniquely talented Tom Ward returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the month of August with a brand new hour Popcorn Lung. The show, which premieres at Just The Tonic Mash House, is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed shows Love Machine and Sex, Snails and Cassette Tapes.
Tom spoke with The Fountain about coping with the Fringe and his plans for Edinburgh.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes, how exciting. I am actually excited now rather than going AWOL in India in search of some other type of bliss. June and July can be the hardest months as you try to remember what the hell you meant in February when it was all new.
TF: The show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Does it? I bet you say that to all the boys. It’s about perspective if you must know, and how flimsy our views are, as they can change totally in an instant based on the information we have. So why be too sure or serious about anything?
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Feeling shocked constantly by life and going ‘god, I really do know nothing’. It hurts and then you just think ‘maybe it’s a type of freedom’.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Do my gig every day, relax the shit out of myself out in between, see some cool stuff, eat some macaroons, swim in the old Victorian baths. Sure yeah, I speak to you but to myself mainly on this – remember I’m a tiny dot in the vastness of space as best I can, before returning to the petulance and idiocy of my usual self for the other twenty-three hours & fifty-nine minutes of the day.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
This is my sixth year and third solo show. I am keen to see Sindhu Vee’s debut, Fin Taylor, Phil Kay as he is the most majestic thing ever, Daniel Kitson, Roisin & Chiara.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
Smash into life again, try not to let the looming year of age thirty-seven hang over me too heavily with its ever decreasing sense of youth. I can do this. I’m okay. I can let go of youth, I can. I’ve let go of stuff before.
Tom Ward: Popcorn Lung, Just The Tonic Mash House, 7pm, 2nd – 26th August (except 13th)