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Liam Farrelly - Edinburgh Fringe Interview

As part as our Edinburgh Fringe 2024 coverage we are running a series of interviews with artists and creatives that are taking part in the festival. 

In this interview we speak to Liam Farrelly about his show Flipbook.

Where did your arts career begin?
So my sister did youth theatre growing up and I went along too but I wasn’t any good at so didn’t really see that going anywhere. Then I was finishing high school, I had no plan at all for my future. I read Kevin Bridges’ book and he talk about the new act night at the stand comedy club and I decided to take a punt on that and it went no bad so I’ve never looked back since.

What can you tell me about your show?
Aye, it’s going to be funny which is the main thing. But, it also tracks the my journey of becoming a parent all the ups and downs of that. I became a parent at 21 so it’s been tricky trying to grow up and be a parent at the same time so the show covers and that plus all the tricky parts of being a father and the emotional part of that I don’t think really get talked about enough. 

How would you describe the style of the show?
It’s pretty much straight stand up, it’s good a small bit of animation and multimedia. But, it’s mainly stand up, relying on jokes and story telling. 

How have you approached developing the piece?
I’ve done a good few previews and I constantly trying new material right now. I’ve also been reading a lot of books in terms of story structure and that. It’s tricky but I think every time you do the show you should try and do something different, like change the order, change the approach, then I’ll record those shows listen to them back and work out what works and what doesn’t.

How do/will you prepare yourself for a run at the Fringe?
Just gig as much as possible and find a parking space in Edinburgh. I live in Glasgow so I have to drive in everyday so finding a good parking space is crucial to surviving the fringe. 

Other than the show, what’s something you’re looking forward to doing in Edinburgh this year?
Going to oink, it’s my favourite place in Edinburgh, the foods class and I can’t recommend it enough. 

What keeps you inspired?
My family, I lot of my material is based on personal experience. So, being around my girlfriend, my daughter, my mum dad and sister is always good for coming up with material. Just trying to do as many normal things as possible, I think talking about stand up and being around it too much can get really boring and can be uninspiring, so even just going to the pub with my mates can help me come up with something.

What do you hope an audience takes away from seeing the show?
That I’m funny. That and that you can still be a good parent even if you’re 21 and a bit of fanny.

Where can audiences see the show?
At the stand 2, 4:10pm 1st-25th of August apart from Tuesdays and the 12th.

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