Name of Edinburgh show: I Said Yes To Everything
Venue: Assembly Studio 1
Performance time: 3:30
Show length: 1 Hour
Ticket price: £11/£12
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I’m originally from Utah, from a musical family and a musical theatre background. I came to the UK 15 years ago and began a journey of songwriting, and THE journey of finding out what’s going on in my head…sorting out all those challenging thoughts and questions while trying to look at others in the eye.
Man, everything is so freaking beautiful, even when it hurts.
(I may be an American.)
Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
It’s a journey-is-the-destination story about trying to be your best self without driving your actual self insane!
We all do this, I think. Well, I hope we all strive to be better…but there is magic in the process and I’m trying to show that for me, the beginning is the ending i.e. I have to trust myself that where I am at any given moment is absolutely fine.
For this show, I’ve been able to collaborate with a whole host of creatives including filmmakers, producers, directors, choreographers, fashion stylists, coaches, daughters (ok, actually just my one daughter who is 8, and my ultimate inspiration)… to help tell this simple story that belongs to all of us.
How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
I’m tempted to say my whole life. Actually, the very beginnings of this show were around 8 years ago when the music began to be created. They are all original co-writes – with a tribe of amazingly talented individuals – with the exception of a favourite cover that just fit the show beautifully, “The Whole of the Moon” by Mike Scott of The Waterboys.
Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
I wish. Please give me tips. I’ve not been to a festival quite like this before! (Nervous Face Emoji) I am thinking of sleeping a lot.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I’ll let you know. We have 24 Fringe performances, chances are some of you will be able to tell me!!!
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
All my collaborators on this project. Especially, on the music side, locals Gregor Philp & Gary Clark, more fantastic producers like Tim Gordine, Johnny Tomlinson, Paul Statham, Ben de Vries, even Marius de Vries and Idris Elba, and Glasgow’s brilliant Craig Armstrong… there are so so so many. I got really lucky. And my Wrenne partner Hugo Vereker, who has been involved in every aspect of everything. Poor sod, I mean, lucky guy!
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Can’t wait to meet any and every creative person, fan or friend or…
Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Because, to be perfectly honest, despite years of acclimatising… I’m still basically an alien. And I promise you’ll see things you won’t see anywhere else.
Also, did I mention, we got some killer tunes.
Just say “Yes.”