Showbusiness legend, national treasure, fox. Children of the 2000s, 1970s (and everything in between) this one’s for you. As Basil Brush makes his much-anticipated Fringe debut in a show for the adults, The Fountain caught up with the lovable fox to discuss the show and his plans for August!
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
These are exciting times, I’ve not been this excited since Dirty Girty from number 30 won Best Marrow in the village fete competition, and since turning down the opportunity to be the replacement Posh Spice in the recent comeback tour… I could do the posh bit, but they were worried that my singing would make the audience cry… “Stop it we can’t take it any longer!” …But I feel there is a lot of excitement buzzing that a real-life talking fox is going to the Festival and returning to his ginger roots!
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Well, the premise of the show is that many generations have grown up with my awful jokes and my giant Boom Booms, and we felt it was time to grow up with them. Not in height might I add, just in the show… So those 20 years olds that grew up with my show on CBBC from 2002 and who fill the tent at Glastonbury have a show that reminds them of their childhood, but also gives them some fun with references that fly over the kids’ heads. Plus, those who grew up with the basil in the ‘70s can reminisce and try and remember that far back – I’ll repeat old jokes because they won’t remember they have heard them before!!! We will have references of Tinder, speed dating, and most of the audience will at some point get wet… if I have my way. It’s the Basil Brush Show for grown up children!
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
Well I never drive under the influence; in fact, I am teetotal… but give me a full Scottish breakfast and me oats – porridge – and I’m a happy fox!
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’ve never been to the Fringe before, but I am ginger, it’s Scotland, I feel I will fit in. I’m going to wear a kilt, and maybe go commando. There will be no “up-kilting” with me ‘cos I’m only 18 inches tall… no one would stoop so low! I’m looking forward to looking at Arthur’s Seat. Is it a real seat? Is it a bottom seat? Who was Arthur? Also shopping on Princes Street is meant to be great and is the Edinburgh Woolen Mill really In Edinburgh?
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
Beyond the fringe is Monty Python so I would love to be part of that. But Panto at the Theatre Royal, Windsor is on the cards …oh yes it is! I’m a regular there, and I’m hoping to pursue Harry and Meghan to pop over for tea and crumpets! Also, beyond the fringe I am thinking of standing for Prime Minister. I think I would get a lot of votes from the ginger party. That’s the Green Party but I’m colour-blind… FOXIT has a ring to it! Boom Boom!
You can see Basil Brush Unleashed at Pleasance Beside from 31st July – 25th August at 18:45. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com