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Dyland Dodds: GroundDodds Day- Torn to Ribbons Interview

In a series of interviews, we are chatting to artists involved with the 2024 Wandsworth Fringe. The Fringe Festival runs from 7th until 23rd June.

In this interview, we chat with Dyland Dodds about GroundDodds Day- Torn to Ribbon.

Where did your arts career begin?
It's tempting to say I first got my start as an Extra in the Harry Potter films. But that wasn't so much performing as getting paid to skip school and eat loads of food. My real origin story is, as an 18-year-old, I went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and spent the whole time trying to get off with someone. Only for a comedian to chat them up on the bus home. That day I swore, one day I'd either become funny enough to be with my one true love, or at least funny enough to gig with that guy and kill him.

What can you tell me about your show?
It's a time loop stand-up show about the fallout from my decision at the end of my last show to try and have children. There's lots of silly jokes, and you might get the chance to shoot me repeatedly in the face with a bubble gun!

Where did the idea for the show come from?
I think about time loops a lot. Every day, in fact. One day I was thinking no-one has ever done a time loop stand-up show before. Then when I realised, I could call it "GroundDodds Day" I knew I had no choice but to do it!

How do you prepare for a performance?
Like a lot of stand-ups I talk to myself in my car a lot. I only drink water before a show, so there's a lot of going to the bathroom to make sure I won't need to go during the show. I don't know why, as that's never happened before. But there's something about sitting in a small, confined space that's quite comforting.

What is the message of your show?
I don't want to give too much away, but the general idea is that a problem shared is a problem halved. And that if you feel like you don't have the power to change things, you absolutely do!

If you were a biscuit, what would you be and why?
I'd be half bourbon, and half pink wafer. They're both my favourites but I feel if you put them together it'd be a complete disaster...

Can you describe the show in three words?
Time Loop Comedy

When can people see the show and follow the journey beyond?
11th & 12th June for Wandsworth Fringe, then I am busy doing more previews in July before a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Beyond that, only time will tell...
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