In August 2018, Nicola Houghton and I will be taking our new show, Nicola Houghton & Rachel Wheeley: Meet in the Middle, to Edinburgh.
The Edinburgh fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. Last year there were over 50,000 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues all over the city and this year there will be even more.
This year, one of those 3,000 shows will be ours!
Nicola and I are neighbours with three kids each, but we’re from very different backgrounds. Nicola grew up in a working-class household on the gravy-soaked cobbles of The North, surviving thanks to raffle prizes, knitted underwear and treasures found in skips. Meanwhile I was growing up at Eton College, entirely failing to get off with Prince William and mixing with teenagers who had never seen an onion. I didn’t go to school there, because they don’t accept women. This is the story of how that panned out.
If you’re going to be in Edinburgh between the 4th and the 11th August, drop into Bar Bados on Cowgate at 6pm to see what we’ve been working on! We’re hugely indebted to Steve Cross and Andrew Smith for photography and poster design respectively. Thanks to everyone who came to see our London previews.
In 2017, Lee Wilson and I took an hour show to Edinburgh festival. It was called Awesome. We had a great time. Thank you to Steve Cross for the excellent photography.
It was great fun doing half an hour each with a friend. We spent a week in a room which later converted to a Game of Thrones theme night, and spent a good deal of time dicking about with severed heads and helmets and shields and so on, just for the hell of it.
By the end of the week we felt like we’d just about got to grips with the thing, and then it was time to go home.