Fringe show to read the entire Chilcot report
- Murray Robertson
- 21 July 2016
This article is from 2016
Performers including Ian Rankin, Omid Djalili and Stewart Lee to read the whole thing
A procession of performers, writers, politicians and members of the public are to read the Chilcot Report (all 2.6 million words of it) at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Performers confirmed to take part in Iraq Out and Loud include Ian Rankin, Tommy Sheppard, Stewart Lee, Reg D Hunter, Arthur Smith, Francesca Martinez, Seann Walsh, Jo Caulfield, Simon Munnery, Tony Law, Ed Gamble, Stephen Frost, Michael Legge, Howard Read, Andy Askins and Andy Smart. Members of the public are also being urged to join in, with two readers per hour performing to an intimate audience of four per show.
Organised by Fringe veterans Bob Slayer and Omid Djalili, the show hopes to bring the Fringe's creative community together with its vast international audience in order to examine the Iraq War and the UK's role in it. Reading the entire report is expected to take over two weeks at a rate of 120 words per minute.
The idea of comedians reading from serious tomes for comic effect can be traced back to the 1980s when Albert Brooks read the phone book live on the Tonight Show, an act that itself has been performed a number of times at the Fringe.
Rebus author Ian Rankin said of his upcoming part, 'I was on my holidays when the Chilcot Report was published, so this is my best chance to get to read at least some of it. It's either that or wait for the film.'
A Gofundme appeal has been launched to support the show. Any additional money raised will be donated to the International Rescue Committee, which provides aid to refugees and victims of armed conflict around the world.
Iraq Out and Loud is on Mon 8 Aug until the Chilcot Report has been read in its entirety, in a garden shed beside Bob Slayer's Blundabus, South College Street. Tickets go on sale Mon 25 Jul.