FRINGE PREVIEW – Catriona Knox: Packed Lunch

Catriona Knox: Packed Lunch

Catriona Knox: Packed Lunch

Although lunch will not be provided during Catriona Knox: Packed Lunch, she is hoping to provide some tasty and filling character comedy instead. We asked her to tell us more:

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

I’m on every day* at 1.35pm inside the Wee Coo (that’s Scottish for small cow) which is in the Udderbelly Pasture on Bristo Square.

The show’s a rag-tag of different characters – from an unhinged divorcee to a market trader (not the city kind of market trader – the fun, grocery kind!) via an absurdly precocious child-star and a naturist with body-dysmorphia. It’s going to be jam-packed with weird and wonderful personalities – some very dark, some very peculiar, all gut-bustingly fun. Also, I won’t mind if you eat your lunch during the show. I’m really relaxed about that kind of thing. Provided you’re happy to share; performing on stage is hungry work.  

* but if you come on the 15th August you may be disappointed as I’m not performing that day.

What are you expecting from the Edinburgh Fringe?

To put on weight….all those smoked sausage suppers and haggises! Yes please! Not to mention City Restaurant, one of my favourite Festival haunts.

What’s been your strangest experience on the Fringe so far?

Last year I did a mini-show on the Free Fringe and a couple and their two young children came along to one of the shows. I can’t say for sure but I THINK they were all drunk. Anyway, they had some chips delivered during the show and the couple handed them round, first to their children, then to some other audience members, then to me, so we all sat down and had lunch together. Then I got up and did some more characters. It was strange. Come to think of it maybe that’s where the idea for this year’s show-title came from.

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

I’d get someone to drive a double decker bus around Edinburgh every lunchtime. It would be a party bus. There would be balloons, banners with my face on, canapes and Whitney Houston songs blasting out of huge speakers on the top deck. Whitney might be driving the bus actually.

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

I’m really looking forward to seeing Isy Suttie’s show, she’s very funny. Steve Hall is great too. Helen Keen is always really joyful – and her show’s free this year too. Oh and Tom Bell – he’s completely brilliant. And I quite want to go to Father Ted The Dinner Show please!

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?


Sum up your show in three words for us

Bold, bonkers, ballsy.

Catriona Knox: Packed Lunch is on at Udderbelly’s Pasture from 3-29 Aug (not the 15th, like she said) at 13:35. More details are on the Fringe website.

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