FRINGE PREVIEW – Guilt & Shame

Guilt & Shame

Guilt & Shame

“We thought a lot of the current double acts and sketch groups were doing stuff we weren’t really interested in,” says Gabriel Bissett-Smith.

“We’re more interested in getting laid and stuff like that.”

Gabriel is one half of new duo Guilt & Shame with comedy partner Rob Cawsey.

“We’ve known each other for years,” says Rob, “and decided to get together earlier this year. We’re doing previews in London now, and they’re going really well.”

Rob & Gabriel are bringing Guilt & Shame to Edinburgh where they perform – according to Rob – as ‘heightened versions of ourselves’, after a heavy drunken night where the humiliations of the past evening return to haunt them.

“It’s a sketch show,” explains Rob, “but it’s got a strong narrative element to it. And although we play ourselves, other characters from the night before do pop up – usually to destroy the sketches!”

Rob’s been up at the Fringe for the past two years as part of PBH’s Free Fringe.

“There’s so much more to think about this year,” he says, “and a lot more pressure. By we’re looking forward to it a lot.”

Gabriel, on the other hand, is a Fringe virgin.

“Rob’s told me what to expect,” he says. “Drinking a lot. Two weeks detox before it, a lot of partying, then detoxing again afterwards.”

“I’m a bit nervous about playing so late this year,” says Rob. “Last year, my show was at 6pm and I was surprised by how drunk the audience were.”

“I dread to think what they’ll be like after 10pm. Though I suppose it suits our show pretty well!”

You can join in with the Guilt & Shame from 4-28 Aug (not 17) at Just The Tonic at The Caves. More details are on the Fringe website.

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