EDINBURGH 2023: Kirsty Mann Q&A

Skeletons comes to Edinburgh this August

By: Jul. 06, 2023
Edinburgh Festival
EDINBURGH 2023: Kirsty Mann Q&A
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BWW caught up with Kirsty Mann to chat about bringing Skeletons to the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tell us a bit about Skeletons.

Skeletons is an hour of standup and storytelling about a doctor who is pretending she isn’t a doctor. It's autobiographical, about my double life as a secret anaesthetist please don't tell anyone. I’ve been working on the show on-and-off since 2020 and I am finally ready to show the world. It is directed by Laura Corcoran from Frisky & Mannish.

How on earth have you managed to not only balance your careers but keep them secret?!

It has been really busy! I don't have a lot of time off but it is great fun because I get to do both.

Keeping it secret was mostly straightforward because my two lives were so separate and different. If anyone asked me what I’d been up to, I’d just cherry pick something true but specific e.g. oh I’ve just been working on this short film, or I’ve been moving house or I’ve just found a really good pair of knickers in M&S. Failing that, I’d deflect e.g. what have you been up to? Oh, just the usual, boring really lets talk about you… 

Easy! (No, not easy really, v stressful. I mostly avoided social events so I wouldn’t have to deal with questions).

Who else is involved in the creative process?

There’s my amazing director, Laura. We actually met doing a student production of Guys and Dolls at the Edinburgh Fringe, years ago. Laura played the lead and I had one line, which was appropriate. We have worked together several times since and it’s such fun to be at it again. Also Hannah Joss for help with story and structure, Matthew Jones - funniest man in the world - and David William Hearn - composer extraordinaire - for help with music, and my friends who have read and listened to it at various stages of development and given me invaluable feedback. 

Where else might we know you from?

Your last anaesthetic. or TikTok (see Til Death Do Us Fart). I make sketches with @dipako_comedy 

Who would you like to come and see you at the Fringe?

The person reading this article. It will be nice to have someone good-looking in my eyeline.

Kirsty Mann’s debut comedy show ‘Skeletons’ is at Pleasance Courtyard - Below

At 5.50pm from 2nd – 27th August (not 15TH) for tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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