Fergus and Sam
By Eve Marx,
Fergus Lockie, a random Fringe goer I introduced myself to at the Summerhall.
“If you’ve done Edinburgh, you’ve made it.”
What have you seen at the Fringe so far?
Actually it’s been a bit hectic, because I work at a show with the Edinburgh International Festival, so it’s hard to make the time to see show. But so far we’ve seen Jamie McDowell and Tom Thum so far. We actually saw them before, they’re beatboxing performers – world champions actually – so that’s really something different, and you’re definitely here to see something different.
What attracts you in a show? Are you more musically enclined?
No, we’re pretty much open to anything, probably because we both work in the arts. But I’d say try not to stick up to a specific genre when you’re around looking for shows, keep an open mind.
If you could put on your own Fringe show, what would it be?
I don’t know, the concept has already been sort of used on TV but I’d like to do something around video games. It’d have to be interactive, but not only with people who can play because that’s actually what make people crack up! So yes, probably something a bit lighter, but that would include the crowd somehow.
How do you enjoy the Fringe as people who actually live here the rest of the year?
His girlfriend: I enjoy it, I don’t know if I love it!
Him: I know I used to love it. When you’re younger, you work hard and go see so many shows, you party and experience as much as you can and it’s grand. Now of course , not only did I change but so did the Fringe – it’s a bit more expensive for example. You can usually pay £15 for a show but you still don’t know what you’re gonna get, because that’s the whole Fringe experience.
How would you describe it to someone who doesn’t know the Fringe?
It’s the longest three weeks in you life! But for real, it’s sort of a sensory overload.
How long have you been in Edinburgh for?
I’ve been here since 1999, and my partner for 4 years. And actually it’s a bit crazy because when Edinburgh is all you know, you think that there must be bigger events than the Fringe and yet when you travel a bit like I did, you realize how big it actually is. That’s really when you realize that it is the biggest, most mental festival – everything else is not that hard. It’s actually quite rewarding for your career too, people think that if you’ve done Edinburgh, you’ve made it.
And you never really wanted to leave?
Not really. I came here to study, but never really left. I know it’s a thing people tend to do. There’s everything I need here for travelling and for work… this city really makes my life easier.
Sam, initially from London, has been living in Edinburgh for two years. We had a chat at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
“It has a different feel to it than any other city.”
How did you come to live in Edinburgh?
I was starting to feel like I wanted to leave London. Everything I would do there, hang out, meet friends, would take so much time and energy – and money. I was also keen on studying something creative in an environment that I liked but would still be different, and I guess Edinburgh did that for me. After that, I guess I didn’t feel that inclined to leave.
How do you feel like when the Fringe is around?
The fringe has the emotional feeling of hosting your entire extended family For Christmas. Everything is crowded, and sometimes tensions fray, and you can’t get a bit of peace for yourself, but it’s nice in spite of it all, and there’s always more booze than you remember. I like the Fringe, but I would never ever choose to do it more than once a year.
What do you like about Edinburgh?
I know it might be a copout but it’s true: it’s a city, but it doesn’t smother you. You can also get anywhere pretty much easily, and never be really far from the centre and from everyone.
I like how it’s organized too, with its clean, open skylines; it has a different feel to it than any other city.
What’s your favourite place?
I like the view that you’re rewarded with when you stand at the connexion between George IV Bridge and that statue of Greyfriard’s Bobby. It’s like those two streets don’t belong to each other, like a badly photoshoped image. Edinburgh has some crazy architecture going on, with crooked streets piled on each other.
If you had to put on a show for the Fringe, what do you think it would be about?
It would have to be about me, probably just a very simple stand-up show. That’s what I can talk about the best.
If you don’t think you have enough jokes about yourself to put on a show like that, clearly you haven’t been in therapy yet (laughs).