It's Grimm Up North. Taking Edinburgh Fringe to New Heights
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Once upon a time, there were only stand-ups and sketch shows. That was, until the knight in shining armour, Hardbody Productions, came along. Inspired by fairytales, fables and films, they found themselves brandishing more than enough material for their particular blend of cartoon humour and parody.
This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be home to the world premiere of ‘It’s Grimm Up North’, an animated series set in the fictional town of Hardington. The series features a waide array of bizarre characters such as a b’stardly barber and a gaff-prone general practitioner.
Here we included the ‘teaser’ for episode one on our Dot Com(edy) Spot last week, with the teaser for episode two featuring this evening.
As they prepare to screen what will be the Fringe’s first ever animated feature, we spoke to Director of Hardbody Productions, Matthew Linsley.
Which three adjectives best describe your show and why?
“First, only, animated”. It’s the Fringe festival’s first ever, and only, animated comedy!
For you what makes the Edinburgh Fringe so unique compared to other comedy festivals?
The sheer size and variety of acts on offer at all hours of the day.
What has been your defining moment there?
So far, just appearing is the defining moment as it’s our first time this year!
What is your worst memory/experience there?
As it’s the first time we have no bad memories but we hope to be able to give the same answer after the festival!
Have your preview shows gone to plan?
Yes, they have gone just as expected. We have received very, very good feedback and also very, very bad! Our work has provoked strong reactions either way, which is great!
Have you had to change much of the material since your preview shows?
There have been some slight moderations based on feedback to some scenes but nothing major.
What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?
Giving out flyers to as many people as possible.
Which acts will you definitely be going to see?
Patrick Monahan and Graham Oakes as they are both superb!
What is the first thing you will do as soon as the festival is over?
Most probably sleep, sleep and more sleep.