My Edinburgh: Boy With Tape On His Face
Mime genius and Fringe regular shares his take on Edinburgh
This article is from 2013.
First time I came to Edinburgh was ...
In 2007 when I came to the Fringe to be a street performer.
I come back because ...
I met my now wife in Edinburgh and we enjoy having our anniversary during one of the biggest festivals in the world. In regards to shows, I set myself silly goals for the following year and then have to see if I can tick them off a list.
Edinburgh’s unique selling point is ...
During the festival it's the only place in the world where you can see burlesque before breakfast, comedy for lunch and a children's show at night. It can feel like a topsy-turvy town in which clowns have taken run of a beautiful city for one month.
Most surreal festival experience
In 2007 I saw a show by Dr Cocacolamcdonalds in a hot sweaty room with about 25 other people. He wore only underpants, clown make-up and sang songs on an old Casio keyboard. At one point he put a cardboard box on his head. One of the best shows I have ever seen.
My favourite place to eat is ...
Ruan Thai just off Cockburn Street. There’s nothing better, halfway through the festival, than going to get a tom yum so hot that it clears your head and body in preparation for the next two weeks.
I am likely to be found ...
Hanging out my flat window watching street shows or running about town trying to find a random location for some interview or photoshoot.
I am least likely to be found ...
At the top of Arthur's Seat. Every year I tell myself I will go up there but never do.
Best/worst thing ever written about you?
'The Boy With Tape On His Face would only be funnier if he set himself on fire' – written about a YouTube video that was posted. The joys of the internet.
The Boy With Tape On His Face: More Tape, Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 24 Aug (not 12 & 13), 9.40pm, £13.50 (£11).