The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is here! We catch up with co-writer & performer Chris Larner, bringing A Sockful Of Custard to this year's festival:

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 is nearly over for another year! For its 71st year, the world’s biggest arts festival descends upon the Scottish capital, bringing with it a series of productions that innovate, imagine and leap into the unknown. Fringe veterans and first timers share stage space, flyer side by side and plaster their posters all over the city to try and entice us in to witness their moments of magic.

Here at Miro Magazine, we are incredibly excited by the biggest offering that Edinburgh has ever seen. Throughout the festival, we will be profiling some of the shows playing this year, as well as reviewing, listing and round up every performance. This is our way of getting to know the theatre companies and performers that are hoping to sell out and share their success.

Next up in our Spotlight feature is A Sockful Of Custard, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 27 August 2018. We caught up with co-writer & performer Chris Larner:

Describe A Sockful Of Custard in three words.

‘Hilarious, bonkers, heartfelt.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘No, this is perhaps my fifteenth time here. I last was here in 2015 directing/writing with The Frida Kahlo of Penge West and Vagabonds, and last here performing in 2011 with my one-man show An Instinct for Kindness.’

Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while in Edinburgh?

‘I haven’t had time to look through the brochure, yet.  I’m looking forward to seeing old friends in shows, and equally people/companies of whom I’ve never heard: Edinburgh is fantastic for that.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘A whole host of inspirations, but perhaps more than anyone is comedy legends The Right Size, for whom I wrote songs for many years.’

What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?

‘Get up early and go for a walk before much is happening, and the city appears almost normal, then back to bed for a nap.’

What are the future plans for A Sockful Of Custard?

‘We’re hoping for a future life for A Sockful of Custard. Touring to Australia would be nice: Spike has a big fan-base there and I’ve never been… interested producers can apply here.’

What is the best production you’ve seen in the last 12 months?

Robert Icke’s Hamlet at the Almeida. Superb, intelligent story-telling of a play which, every time I see it or read it, blows my mind with its unrivalled mastery. Utter profundity. Sheer brilliance of construction, of blending of themes, of drive. An unparalleled car-chase of a meditation of what it is to be human. And this was a fine, fine production.

Andrew Scott’s Hamlet was sparky, quixotic, with a twisted restlessness, and beautiful. Juliet Stevenson magnificent, leading a very strong ensemble of talent. Absolutely wowed me. And the good thing for Andrew is, he’s still young: who knows, in twenty years, with his talent, he could yet be messing about in a show about Spike Milligan…’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about A Sockful Of Custard?

‘Well, Jeremy and I are really old enough to know better than mess about like this. But we’re old enough too, that we ain’t gonna bother unless it means something to us, so it’s a joy to have created and be doing a show which is so personal and free.’

 

 

Co-Writers/ Performer: Jeremy Stockwell; Chris Larner

A Sockful Of Custard runs at Pleasance Dome as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 1 – 27 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.