Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?
The show is called ‘The Oh F**k Moment’, and is written and performed by Chris Thorpe and Hannah Jane Walker.
It is happening at Remarkable Arts, St George’s West every day at five thirty, apart from Wednesdays.
You should probably see ‘The Oh F**k Moment” if you’ve ever stood on a rake. Or accidentally made your party cocktails with bleach. Or locked yourself in a shed. Or been caught cheating.
Or followed your inclination to experiment and ended up in A+E with a traumatic w**king injury. Or crashed a plane. Or been responsible for someone’s death. Or watched someone die. Or set fire to yourself. Or fallen awkwardly. Or fallen awkwardly on a rake. Or fallen awkwardly while flying a plane. Or while w**king. Or put your tongue in the wrong person’s mouth. Or put your tongue in what you thought was the right person’s mouth and it turned out to be the wrong person’s mouth. Or got really angry because someone told you a story about a horse.
Or pressed the button that had the sign next to it saying DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES PRESS THIS BUTTON. Even if that button was a metaphorical one, and the thing that blew up was your life. Or if you hit ‘reply all’ and told them all just what you thought of them. Or if you’ve ever been in charge of a nuclear power station. Or a room full of toddlers. Or a government. Or just come if it was absolutely, positively your fault, and there’s no point trying to explain, or apologise, or any of that stuff that usually makes it better. Or at least a bit less disastrous.
Or if you’ve done none of these things. Because someone has. In fact, WE have. And we’d like to tell you about it, because one day, probably, you’ll do them too.
Oh, and come if you like poems. And talking. Because the show has both of those things. And f**king up. Poems, talking and f**king up.
What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?
Chris: Sitting down for an hour a day (twice at weekends) and telling people stuff. And listening to their stuff. I think we’re going to be good at that. Anything else that happens while we’re up there is a bonus. And it’s an incredible place to just walk.
Hannah: I can’t wait to hear about other people’s oh f**k moments. Also looking forward to the show developing throughout the run and performing with Edinburgh audiences, as I learnt last year, they are present and ready and talkative. I am looking forward to seeing new work. I am looking forward to rain and chips and Armstrongs Vintage shop, pretty pleased they all exists.
What’s been your favourite / funniest Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?
Hannah: My favourite Edinburgh experience so far, has been peversely, a couple splitting up over the table at my show last year, ‘This is just to say’ – an interactive show about apology. It was surreal and fascinating and voyeuristic. Last year, I loved the audience staying to talk after the show about their apologies and drinking wine and talking.
My funniest experience so far was last year, our accommodation falling through on the first night and spending the night in a Saab in a car park curled around the set and waking up with sorry printed backwards on my forehead from a promotion stamp and no one telling me until the evening. Well, it is funny now.
Chris: Too many to list. But some of them are a hot tub full of hippies, winning a couple of things, finding a dog, sleeping in a graveyard, having a play on at the Traverse, the Hippo World Guestbook, and finding pubs full of people who don’t even know the Fringe is on. And one very special favourite I’m going to keep to myself.
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
Hannah – I would commission bronze placards to be placed at interval spacings in the pavements of Edinburgh, placards recording stories of great mistakes.
Chris: I don’t think publicity stunts ever work. they make me less likely to go and see stuff. That said, if we did arrange a publicity stunt for the show it’d inevitably go wrong – probably spectacularly and injuriously wrong – so I’d like that. It’d have to be something where I ended up picking glass out of myself. Or on fire.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
Hannah: I am hoping to see as much live literature as possible, particularly Ross Sutherland and Martin Figura’s shows. Also planning on seeing ‘Seven Day Drunk’ by Bryony Kimmings and ‘I, Malvolio’ by Tim Crouch.
And any contemporary circus about, such as No Fit State, because I love circus a lot.
Chris: Ontroerent Goed. Chris Goode. The Pyromaniacs of Senegal. Forest Finge. Rashdash. The Paper Birds. Lucy Ellinson. Cooking with Steve Albini. Tim Crouch. Melanie Wilson and Abigail Conway.
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
Hannah: I am going to Australia with ‘This is just to say’ to perform at Melbourne Writers Festival with spoken word artists Luke Wright and Tim Clare supported by Writers Centre Norwich. I am obscenely excited. To the point of butterflies.
Chris: I helped her make that show so I’m kind of gutted that didn’t blag my way into the performance somehow. I’m off to tour and make new stuff with Unlimited and Third Angel though, which is great.
Sum up your show in three words for us
Hannah: I did this.
Chris: Massive f**k ups.
Come and witness The Oh F**k Moment for yourself at ReMarkable Arts’ St George’s West from 5-27 Aug. More details are on the Fringe website.