Peter Duncan's Daft and Dangerous

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This article is from 2009.

When you start life having your nappy changed by Danny La Rue, it’s fair to say you’re not going to have a run-of-the-mill career. Growing up in a show business family, Peter Duncan spent his childhood backstage, and most of his adult life tackling hazardous pursuits most of us would run a mile from. All of which has found its way into his debut Fringe show, Daft and Dangerous.

‘The show’s a bit anarchic,’ says Duncan. ‘It’s a crazy mix of all the stuff I’ve done through the years – Blue Peter presenter, Chief Scout, lots of kids drama, pantos. And it all starts with me being killed.’

From there, God and the Devil help him explore his past ventures, utilising interactive video footage and a few original songs. ‘I’ve tried not to be predictable in my working life, so I hope the show is surprising and yet affectionate and fun for all ages,’ says Duncan. ‘Because I’ve always loved doing three-generational stuff, and love the fact that you can make a 5-year-old and 80-year-old laugh at the same time.’

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8-31 Aug (not 26), 6.30pm, £10–£11 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 5–7 Aug, £5.

This article is from 2009.

Peter Duncan's Daft and Dangerous

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The legendary 'Blue Peter' man in a tale of a tightrope walking and sticky-backed worldwide adventure. Songs, slapstick and showbiz, including live animals, live footage and live audience collaboration. 'A sure fire knock out' (Encore Magazine). www.heresoneimadeearlier.com

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