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Was "Life Sentence" an easy show to write?


This is my first play but I’ve always been writing. When I was young it was short stories and poetry but more recently it’s been jokes for stand up. Writing Life Sentence was a natural progression in that sense. It isn’t something I have to force myself to do, I’m drawn towards it so even when it gets tougher it’s never a chore.



What has surprised you most during your preview shows?


Just how good the reception has been. It’s been packed and buzzing.



When was your 1st Edinburgh festival?  


Two years ago.



What did you expect?


I came as part of a large group, and just went along for the ride really. So expectations were pretty non-existent.



How did the reality differ from your expectations?


It was a big turning point for me. You can’t really know the Fringe until you’re there. The electricity of the Mile has to be felt in person. At once you feel insignificant and empowered.



What is the best thing about the festival?


The carbon footprint.



What is the worst thing about the festival?


People who tell flyerers to fuck off. Don’t walk down the Mile.



What has changed over the years?


A/ For the better –

B/ For the worst –


I don’t feel well placed to answer that question but clearly older generations see Edinburgh as currently stuck in the age of decadence that comes before the inevitable fall of the empire. That sort of negativity might well bring it down. All I know is that I really enjoy coming to it as it is now.



Roughly how many shows do you see each festival?


12 ¼



What was your favourite Edinburgh show to watch?


Josie Long’s Romance and Adventure. It was great to see her turn on the Tories.



Who is your favourite overall performer (s)?  


Frank Sanazi. His act combines two favourite things of mine: Swing music (listening to) and Nazi ideology (learning about).



Where are your favourite places to eat and drink?


Tesco meal  deals on  the way to the Mile.



What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?


Our candle light vigil down the Mile.



First time fun?

The Edinburgh fringe contains both experienced and new performers.


We caught up with first-timer Jamie Carragher (the writer and performer of Life Sentence) to see how he thought the the Edinburgh experience would pan out.