Ben Target’s Orangeade is a gentle comedy, mellow drama featuring balmy ballgames from the maverick physical comedian.
Hi Ben, tell us about your Edinburgh show
A simple story, inventively told, about two mischievous brothers in a sisterhood – that is actually a brotherhood – growing up together (out of choice) and how one or two of them got lost along the way, and the subsequent rescue operation. A fun, heart-warming, softer show from a gentle soul who’s never done a storytelling show before and is throwing himself in the deep end by doing one.
What does Edinburgh mean to you?
The greatest capital city Scotland has always had, since at least the 15th Century.
Who inspires you and why?
Right now, the person(s) who invented Sellotape. For any good job well done – choose Sellotape.
Describe your best or worst experiences on stage.
I did a lovely comedy festival recently called ARG. I’ve been wanting to play it for 5 years, and was so excited when I got the invite, that I ignored the food poisoning I’d endured the night before, and stepped out on stage giddy with nausea to give a lacklustre rendition and may or may not have shat myself in the process.
Describe your best or worst review.
The glowing review that you will give me for my show this year is best. Thank you.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you be?
What was the last book you read?
Tintin in Tibet by Hergé
Ask and then answer a question of your own choosing.
Ben: What are you eating for dinner tonight Ben?
Also Ben: Toast.
Ben (again): Again?
Also Ben: That’s more than one question. Besides I/you/me/we can’t trust your cooking anymore.
Imagine that the BBC have asked you to produce a primetime show. What would it be and who else would be involved?
Real time jousting tournament. Enemies of the state.