Brian Ferguson’s diary: Pillow talk | The Great Don’t Know Show
THE Fringe is almost over and I’ve largely managed to avoid being caught up in any compromising positions. But I had a close shave at the Balmoral Hotel of all places, where some of the finest minds in the comedy industry were gathering to draw up the shortlist for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
As I paced the corridors outside the suite where the panel were closeted, I drew a few looks from the passing staff. When director Nica Burns finally emerged for a chat, with The Scotsman’s deadline looming perilously, there was a frantic search for a quiet room to conduct our business. Thankfully another suite was found – avoiding the prospect of anyone interrupting our cosy chat on a four-poster.
The Great Don’t Know Show
THE shifting sands of when the comedy awards panel were due to make up their minds meant I missed the start of the National Theatre of Scotland’s festival reception, at which artistic director Laurie Sansom made a slight admission. It turns out that with so many people undecided about next year’s referendum, NTS is similarly undecided about what to call its flagship show on the subject next year.
It seems as if The Great Don’t Know Show, as it has been trailed, might not be called that at all, with The Great Yes No Maybe Show the latest working title. Another late arrival was playwright David Greig, one of two writers at the helm of the project, who gave the impression the show might have another name entirely when it takes to the road next summer. They just don’t know yet.
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