Interview with Terry Alderton

Terry Alderton takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Interview with Terry Alderton

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?


How would you describe your show?

It's going to be a mad one… It's three shows, maybe five shows, in one. One will finish and the next one will start but its the same show… Confused? It's also featuring Johnny Spurling. Bring the chaos...

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

Because it's what I do… I'm a comedian and there is only one place to showcase a show. Also, to be apart of the biggest arts festival on the planet is just great.

What differentiates it from other festivals?

Size!!! And also, the festival is geographical position is just brilliant, plus you can't beat the Edinburgh crowds!

Do you think the Fringe has changed over the years? If so, how? Are these changes positive or negative?

I do feel the festival has changed. I feel it's become too commercial. Not as much punk as I would like to see. Having said that, if you are a punter it must be fabulous.

What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations?

The reason I came into this business of show is because I didn't have a proper job. And also, I have been always one to entertain. So it was a natural progression. As for inspirations, they came later...

If you didn't have your current job, what would you probably be doing?

I'd like to be a bus driver.

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

A bus driver

Do you ever feel any pressure to be a social commentator, or constantly update material to respond to events?

No, I consciously keep away from all of that. I don't read papers I don't watch the news. The only way I socially commentate is on what I experience day-to-day.

Equally, do you think there has been a shift in public sentiment that has affected your work?

Not that I have noticed.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

Divide and conquer...

If you could work with anybody, from any point in history, who would you pick and why?

Adolf Hitler, to convince him that he might be slightly deluded!

Why would a performer opt to do either a ticketed event or participate in the free fringe? What are the benefits and limitations of both?

This is a hard one for me to comment on, as I've never done the free Fringe.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a show up to the fringe?

Make sure you can afford it, make sure you truly believe in the show, and don't worry about the bastard critics.

When and where can people see your show?

Cabaret bar at the Pleasance Courtyard every day at 22:40.

And where can people find, follow and like you online?, twitter @terryalderton, FB Terry Alderton

Terry Alderton: All Crazy Now is performing at the Pleasance Courtyard at 22:40 on 2nd – 27th (not 14th). For tickets and more information visit the Ed Fringe website.


Tom Inniss

Tom Inniss Voice Team

Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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