Matt Price was asked to work on a writing project with a former criminal. From day one, he was out of his depth…and now he is at the Fringe with new show, Broken Hooters and Geezers with Shooters. Matt spoke to The Fountain about the show as well as his plans for August.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I’m excited every year. However, this year feels different, as it’s a show I care about even more than previous shows. I’ve made it as funny as possible. But it’s interesting too. It’s personal, but in a different way to anything I’ve done before.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
A former criminal asked me to help him work on a writing project with him. I agreed without really thinking things through. At the time, my other option was dressing up as an Elf on an Christmas Iphone application and giving daily reports from the North Pole. I met all sorts of people in the crime world and I was out my depth from day one, but it was better than being an Elf.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
It’s such a great story. Full of real but fascinating characters. It’s the kind of crazy story you might hear down the pub and think to yourself “that can’t be true!” But it is. Every word. My influence is simply, if I like a story, I can make it in to a show,
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
I just want as many people to see and enjoy the show as possible. It’s great fun, but it’s work, so my aim for each day is to have fun on stage. Afterwards, I’m a bit boring and go straight home and sleep. First timers, you need to pace yourself. That’s the sensible reply. That said, you can learn a lot while you are up there and go back home a better performer having made a lot of mistakes. Enjoy it. Remember that when it’s raining and nobody will take a flyer off you…
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
To come back next year with another show. I also want to continue with my podcast. It’s called Conversations with Criminals. The website is www.conversationswithcriminals.com It’s a supplement to this year’s show (although the show is funny, where as the podcast isn’t meant to be) and I have more interviews with criminals lined up after the Fringe.
You can see Matt Price: Broken Hooters and Geezers with Shooters at Underbelly Clover from 31st July – 25th August at 6:50pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com