August 4th – 30th (not 16th)
All-female sketch group Lady Garden have grown and blossomed from the seeds they first planted in 2008, going on to reach the finals of several comedy awards and having one of their skits named by The Guardian as ‘best sketch of the Festival’ last year.
With their parody, observational sketches and precision timing, Hannah Dodd, Beattie Edmonson, Rose Johnson, Jessica Knappett, Eleanor Thom and Camille Ucan gel together to produce some genuine laugh-out-loud material and look set to continue their rise to fame, having recently secured a 12-month development deal with the BBC.
Award-winning director Phillip Breen cultivates the ladies this year, in a show which promises to be one of the stand-out sketch-based shows of the Fringe.
We spent a little time at the bottom of their garden to find out more about the show. Which, given that it is TOP SECRET, was no easy task…
Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?
We can’t tell you what it’s about because it’s top secret but what can we tell you? We can tell you that it is an hour of nonsense – funny nonsense.
It’s maybe a bit more off-beat than last year’s show and there are some beautiful surprises in there.
We can’t tell you much more – sorry about that – you really do need to see it though because everyone will say, ‘have you seen Lady Garden?‘ and if you say ‘no‘ they might look at you with a disappointed face like you’re a bit of a failure.
All we can say is that our TOP SECRET GIG is on at the PLEASANCE BESIDE AT 6:20PM. Come along if you like accessible buildings.
How will you be promoting your show?
We’ve got badges, and funny sketches that people will hopefully tell other people about. We’re relying on the latter quite heavily, to be honest.
What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?
Once again being free to roam the streets dressed as a dragon without a single eyebrow being raised. It’s always a treat to be able to drink every day and not be judged, not so good for the old liver though.
Looking forward to all living together again. It’s a great feeling to wake up in the morning knowing that you’re going to see some of your fave comedians later either performing or propping up the bar. It’s comedy geek heaven for a month and we love it.
And what are you hoping for?
We just want to be better. Is that so much to ask?
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
We’d buy Edinburgh and paint our faces on every rooftop so that anyone parachuting in for the festival would know what show to see.
We’d also pay the human statues to f*** off but that’s nothing to do with our show, they’re just quite annoying. Standing still is not a job.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
Two Episodes of MASH, Toby, Ginger and Black, and Tom Allen.
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
Sum up your show in three words for us:
TOP SECRET. Sorry.