The Time Show is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about time. It is suitable for people who know of time. Following on from his shows about the colour yellow, the sky, faces, water, sleep, hair and talking, award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton turns his attention to time. He also spoke with The Fountain about his show in more depth.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, are you excited?
I am performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year and yes I am excited.
Well, that combination of excitement, focus and bricking it. I try not to get overly excited about anything though to be honest, that way I don’t get disappointed. I learnt the hard way through being really excited about some of the takeaway meals I’ve had.
TF: The Time Show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The premise is me trying to figure out how I feel about time. Exploring it for myself without other people telling me what it is. I’ve got some thoughts on time now, some made me laugh and some didn’t. I want to think about it and change the way I feel about it for the better.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I was driven to think about time because it’s around me every minute of every day. It’s difficult to forget about it especially when you’re writing a show about it. I am influenced by watching people rushing for trains and the way they speak about time in the everyday.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
To first time performers I would say turn up on time and don’t go over your time slot. Remember alcohol is a depressant and audiences love depressed comedians so get HAMMERED. Not really, don’t stay up late for the sake of it and eat broccoli. Listen to as much music as you can and talk to people who aren’t at the festival on the phone. Don’t be rude to flyerers, technicians or anyone who makes the festival exist. When it comes to audiences always remember that three is a crowd.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Time Show?
I’m going to tour the Time Show in the new year and write a new show for next year’s festival.
You can see The Time Show at Assembly Roxy until 26th August at various times. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/