Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: bon vivant and raconteur Tom Allen

'It's about being happy with yourself. And not holding back. And wearing bigger hats'

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This article is from 2014.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: bon vivant and raconteur Tom Allen

Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Erudite raconteur Tom Allen comes to Edinburgh fresh from supporting Sarah Millican on tour. ‘It’s an interesting experience to step out in front of 2000 people who haven’t come to see you and to convince them that you’re worth watching,’ says the comedian, billed as (once) the youngest member of the Noël Coward Society.

Posh Allen and Geordie girl Millican may seem like a chalk and cheese pairing, but Allen isn’t much into surface perceptions, a theme which runs through his new show, Life / Style. ‘I think you can send yourself into spirals of depression if you worry too much about what people think. For me, the image you project is about being happy with yourself. And not holding back. And wearing bigger hats.’

Allen’s return to Edinburgh after three years away is one such opportunity not to hold back. ‘Edinburgh is a festival like no other on earth; it’s hard work, it’s hugely challenging but ultimately it’s one of the few places where you can perfect your craft and you can do what you want creatively. I always find whenever I step off the train that it feels like home. But apparently it’s changed since I was there: the trams actually move now?’

The Stand V, 558 7272, 1–24 Aug (not 11), 4.15pm, £8 (£7). Preview 31 Jul, £7 (£6).

TOM ALLEN - QoH

This article is from 2014.

Tom Allen: Life/Style

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Tom Allen Returning to Edinburgh after a three-year hiatus which has seen him performing around the world, on radio and on television. This brand-new show marks the coming-of-age of one of Britain’s most exciting and distinctive comic voices. ‘Gives the tradition of camp comedy a firmly 21st century twist.’ (Guardian).

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