Temple writer Robin Mitchell is looking forward to having not one, but two shows on at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.
His well-established children’s show Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess, based on his book of the same name, will make it’s third appearance at the world’s largest arts festival. And his adult comedy ‘May I Have The Bill Please?’ will make it’s Fringe debut. So is Robin ready?
“I’m fine. As in effect I’m just the writer. I’m not producing May I have the Bill. I will still help and do what I can.
“And Pumpalot, because it’s in it’s third year we know exactly what we need so that’s not so daunting as say the first year. The show is really developing, little bits being added each year to improve it.
“For next year we are talking about a completely new show, with the same characters but a new story.
“This year it is at Sweet venues, part of the Apex International Hotel in the Grassmarket. It holds 115 seats which is quite good. Nice and intimate, so it will be a better atmosphere. One of the days is already sold out.”
It’s been an incredible journey for Robin’s flatulent princess, with the show performed abroad, and it could soon be appearing on our TV screens.
He said: “I’m really proud.
“The animation rights were optioned off to Arcus Animation, it’s being pushed to TV now. I always said it was an animated character.
“If you can get it onto one of the kids’ channels then that changes everything. And you can build on that. So that’s the great hope for it now.
“They are compiling the animation bible - that’s what they call it. To try and re-create the world in the book and create some animation to give broadcasters a flavour of it.
“I have seen some of the drawings, it looks fantastic.
“But I’m realistic that it’s a long process.”
Robin revealed that his new show was actually inspired by his original Fringe hit.
He said: “It was fantastic. Basically it came out of Princess Pumpalot.
“It was the last day of the Fringe run last year. All the crew went out for lunch to mark the end of show and it came to who was to pay what.
“It was hilarious. So I wrote this play from that, based on a group paying the bill.
“It’s just all the nonsense connected with who is paying for what. I think we have all probably been through it.
“They have to be out of the restaurant by a set time, so the clock is ticking to get the bill sorted out.
“Little mishaps just add pressure to the situation and we learn more about the characters as it goes on.
“It’s two couples and a waiter - played by Bonnyrigg actor Blair Grandison. So it’s a cast of five. And it’s a great venue we have for it, as we get all the benefits of being part of the Playhouse.
“It’s a comedy more for adults. I think it has great potential. I can see it touring.
“We tried it out at Leith Festival and Glenn Chandler, the creator of Taggart, went along and he gave me some feedback.
“I learnt a lot from seeing it down there and I have revised some of it since then and added an extra scene. Until you have actually seen it performed you don’t know what works and what doesn’t. ”
Princess Pumpalot, at Sweet Grassmarket (venue 11-11.50am, 6 - 30 August (not 24 - 28). £10/ £8.
May I Have The Bill Please? At the Boards, The Playhouse (venue 59a) 2-250pm, Aug 5-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-29. £10.