FRINGE PREVIEW – Mark Allen’s Go Slow, The GRV (Five Pound Fringe)

5th – 29th August (not the 17th)
The GRV, 4.40 – 6.10pm

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Mark Allen’s Go Slow takes a look at the relentless pace and stress of modern life.

For a month, Mark decided he’d see what happened if he took things more slowly. He opted for the stairs instead of lifts. Gave up emails and wrote letters instead. All to see what would happen when you made a decision not to be obsessed with saving every last second of time in the name of convenience.

In this 90-minute show, Mark – who has written for TV and regularly features on Radio Five Live and Sky News Review – will share what he found when he decided to take things a little bit easy. He’ll even provide biscuits.

Here, he tells us a little more about the show and his plans for the Fringe.

Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?

It’s about my increasing frustration with the ridiculous pace of life. I found myself getting angry at pensioners for getting in my way and flying into a rage at my slow internet connection, so I decided something had to change.

I spent an entire month doing everything slowly to see what would happen. Turns out you end up annoying a lot of people.

The show is on at The GRV from 4:40pm-6:10pm (in the spirit of going slowly it’s a 90 minute show)

People should come and see it because it’s funny, interesting and I am ridiculous enough to think I have an antidote to the rapidly increasing pace of life.

If you’ve ever felt bad about swearing at a dawdling stranger just because you’re late for something, my show is right up your alley.

How will you be promoting your show?

I’ll be taking a tortoise for a walk along the Royal Mile every day.

What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?

Performing my show every day, which is massive fun.

Also getting the chance to catch up with comedians you only see a couple of times throughout the year when you’re on the same bill together.

And what are you hoping for ?

World peace and an end to poverty would be nice.

Failing that, a liver that still works by the end of August would be acceptable.

If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?

I’d pay for everyone in the world to have a day off work and declare it ‘National Go Slow Day’.

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

I’m hoping to see someone I’ve never heard of before I went to Edinburgh whose show blows me away.

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

Spending some quality time with my wife and my cat.

Sum up your show in three words for us:

More thought-provoking nonsense

You can buy tickets for Mark’s show on the Fringe website.

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