How I Do Edinburgh by Michelle McManus

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  • 13 August 2013

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How I Do Edinburgh by Michelle McManus

Pop Idol winner talks about refreshing drinks, her days off and festival memories

Can you sum up your show in five words?
One hell of a singsong.

For anyone still on the fence, what’s a surefire selling point?
It's a one-way ticket to musical heaven.

What part of the Edinburgh festival do you most look forward to?

I just love what the festival does to the city of Edinburgh in August. It's a carnival atmosphere and I love how happy everyone is.

What part of the Edinburgh festival do you dread?

The morning after a night in the Gilded Balloon Loft Bar, as I know it's going to hurt.

At the first sign of an August meltdown, what do you reach for?

Always an ice-cold can of Diet Irn Bru.

What other festival shows do you want to go see?
I want to see Susie McCabe's An Uncivil Partnership (playing at the same venue as me) and Grant Stott’s Kiss Me Honey, Honey.

What will you do on your days off?
Watch as many musicals as I can fit into in a day.

Best festival memory?
Having Jim Jeffries ask me if I was Gareth Gates in the Library Bar after my show. I actually might get that on a t-shirt.

Michelle McManus @ The Musicals, New Town Bar, Dublin Street, 538 7775, 19–25 Aug, 8pm, and 23 & 24, 5.30pm, £10.

Michelle McManus @ The Musicals

Michelle McManus comes to the Edinburgh Fringe this year with her Michelle McManus @ The Musicals show. After winning Pop Idol, Michelle has gone on to carve an impressive career on stage and screen. She returns to the Festival after a sell out show in 2007. From Chicago to Cabaret – Les Misérables to Chess – this…