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EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- Ashley Storrie

EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- Ashley Storrie

Tell us a bit about Morning Glory

Morning Glory is a funny hour of comedy stories from me ... I know who I am and what I am and Morning Glory is me just presenting that to an audience in a way that will probably make them feel better about themselves... comparatively.

Why bring it to Edinburgh?

Because that's where hour shows are supposed to go! I've gone to the Fringe, be it to work or perform, every year since I was 11 it would be weird if I didn't bring myself and by extension my comedy to Edinburgh this year.

Who is Tanya Potter?

She's my very successful online alter ego, a Scottish Wizard from the school Pigwarts whose pet Hippogriff is just an Alsatian with wings taped on. I pretended to be her a few years ago, my mother filmed it, since then it's had more than 21 million views on one platform and been ripped off by countless users on Youtube. But nobody knows it's me... weirdly. I meet people and when the find out I love Harry Potter they say "Oh you need to watch that video on Facebook of the Scottish girl pretending to be Harry Potter" and then I get annoyed because the only thing I've done online that people have watched isn't instantly recognisable as me.

What sets it apart from other shows at the Fringe?

My show isn't some "journey of self-discovery" or a "profound insight into feminism" call me old fashioned but I kind of think comedy should be funny, if it happens to be meaningful too, that's great but the funny should come first. The Fringe has kind of turned that on its head in the past 15 years, I guess the fact that I'm not attempting to say anything profound sets me apart from other shows.

Who would you recommend comes to see you?

It's easy as a performer to just want to play to people like yourself, to say "young people" or "Scottish People" or "working class people" but that's small minded, some of the best audience members I've had have been people who I wouldn't expect to enjoy me. Posh boys with popped collars and ancient old women with bonnets and walkers. I guess, people who want to come see me, those are the people who should!

Timings and ticket information for Ashley Storrie: Morning Glory are available on the edfringe website.

Photo Credit: Steve Ullathorne

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