Show: Eh Up Me Old Flowers! The Charlie Williams Story Writer: Chris England Actor: Tony Marshall Venue: Pleasance Courtyard Time: 3:10pm Dates: 8th – 29th August (not 15th) Photographer: Simon Sprackling Links: Instagram Twitter Website Facebook YouTube
Please tell me about your 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show
Eh Up, Me Old Flowers! is a play about the comedian Charlie Williams, who was the first black comedian to become a mainstream household name thanks to his appearances on ITV’s The Comedians in the early Seventies. In retirement he is visited by a stranger who asks him some uncomfortable questions about his material, and he tells his life story as he tries to explain himself.
What do you think of Edinburgh?
Edinburgh always used to be a place where you could try out something new and see if it works, and I think after a couple of years off that will be especially true this year. It is a while since I have been here to do a show, so I am looking forward to it very much.
Who inspires you?
Two comedians who inspire me are guys that I first saw on the Edinburgh Fringe – Harry Enfield and Steve Coogan.
Are there other shows you want to check out during the Fringe?
I am looking forward to seeing Jack Docherty’s show, and also Simon Brodkin, one of my favourite comedians, at the Pleasance. Also I plan to check out Boris: Live at 5 – I have seen the guy play Boris before and he’s very good.
Who is playing Charlie Williams in Eh Up, Me Old Flowers!?
Charlie is played by Tony Marshall, who was a regular cast member of Casualty for many years. It’s tough to play a comedian and do his material, and Tony is doing a fantastic job.