Interview with Nick Coyle

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

Interview with Nick Coyle

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

Hello! My name is Nick Coyle. I'm a Libra who loves taramasalata and finding money on the ground.

How would you describe your show?

It's the story of Frances, a poor, plain governess who comes to work at haunted house and accidentally marries the devil. It's a lot of fun!

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

I need to get rid of some pesky money which is clogging up my bank account and I like being judged by strangers every night for a month. Edinburgh is the perfect place to do both.

What differentiates it from other festivals?

I'm there, doing my show Queen of Wolves. Come!

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

To me it's been pretty consistent. There's always the same guy dressed as a levitating Yoda on the Royal Mile. There's always vomit in the gutters. And there's always an ELECTRIC VIBE.

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

Egomania, The Minogue sisters.

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

I'd be in Little Mix

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

See above

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

I went to an art gallery with my mum and she pointed to the curve of a horse's back in a painting and said 'isn't that curve beautiful' and I remember thinking 'wait a god damn minute, that woman's right.'

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

Sometimes, yes. But then I remember screaming into the void and/or scrabbling for likes distracts you from crafting something small and good.

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

There's definitely more interrogation of privilege, representation, and whose voices are heard. As a white male artist it's something I'm more mindful of.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

A pretty nice time frankly

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

I'd work with my great great great great great grand daughter in a two hander after she's re-animated me using my DNA. The show will be called Total ReCoyle.

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?

Free fringe is great because when you begin the show you don't owe the audience anything. Also you get to meet them at the end when you're standing at the door with a bucket begging for money like Oliver Twist. The negative is people put a lot of foreign money in the bucket.

Paid Fringe is great when people come, but it's harder to get them to take a chance on your show, so word of mouth is slower.

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

You will cry. But definitely do it.

When and where can people see your show?

5.30 Underbelly Cowgate

And where can people find, follow and like you online?

@nickcoyles on twitter

Nick Coyle: Queen of Wolves is performing at Underbelly Cowgate until 27th August. For tickets and more information visit the Ed Fringe website.


Tom Inniss

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Tom is a Politics graduate, and holds a Masters in Journalism. He serves as Editor for Voice, and has an almost unhealthy obsession with Batman. His hobbies include gaming and reading graphic novels - his current go to series is Bill Willingham's Fables.

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