Ever found yourself stuck in a rat? Unpleasant, isn’t it? Time marches on, but you’re on the spot. Not even marching. Very still. Stagnating, even. Stuck in that rat. We’ve all been there. Anna O’Grady and Helen Cripps have brought their debut show to Edinburgh and spoke with The Fountain about Stuck in a Rat.
TF: You are performing at your first Edinburgh Fringe as double act, how exciting?
Yes, and terrifying. We did a lot of comedy together at university and have both been to the Fringe with other shows before, but have never performed there together. We knew one day it would probably happen. Just took us a brief ten years to get there.
TF: Stuck In A Rat certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s an unashamedly positive life-transforming seminar, led by a couple of well-meaning idiots. With some live music thrown in. It is intended to be an uplifting celebration of life and all its complications. It’s very silly but always heartfelt and our sole objective is to make people laugh and feel better about themselves.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
We did a Work in Progress show at VAULT festival in February and what we assumed would be a one-off experiment snowballed out of control. We hadn’t done any live comedy in eight years and had forgotten how infectious it can be. We wrote a lot of scripts and filmed a lot of sketches and were really good at not showing anyone. So we thought that if we did a live show, people would have to see it. I mean, some people are actually coming, apparently. Oh God.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I think our plan is to handle it in a very calm manner and not go to bed at 4am every night. We would love to see a sunrise – after bed, and not before it. Also very keen to see Rosie Jones’s new hour. She is amazing.
TF: And what are your future beyond Stuck In A Rat?
Hopefully we’ll find ourselves out of the rat by the 26th August. And then we’ll be doing everything we can to not get stuck in it again.
You can see Anna and Helen: Stuck in a Rat at Pleasance Courtyard from 6th – 26th August at 17:45. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com