Edinburgh Fringe 2018 is over, but reviewer Hannah S. got to sit down with Simon Evans and David Aula, whose ‘The Vanishing Man’ and ‘The Extinction Event’ we’re absolutely obsessed with. Read on to find out about what it was like to create and perform these shows, and how they’re doing after spending a month doing two shows a day (they’re fine, they’re absolutely fine, don’t bring it up, okay?) Warning: heavy spoilers ahead- if you haven’t seen these shows, figure out how to make that happen first.
Hannah: Important question first: you’ve done two shows a day for nearly an entire Fringe now- are you guys okay?
David: Mmmmmm yeah, okay, okay, okay, I’m absolutely fine, okay… (laughs)
Simon: Don’t ask us those sorts of questions.
D: So I also have…my son is with us, he’ll be eight weeks tomorrow, so he’ll have spent more time at the Fringe, proportionally, than anyone else, ever, in the history of mankind.
S: Of percentage of his life
D: of percentage of his life, yeah. So he’s been keeping me busy when I’m not on stage, so being onstage is like a little break.
S: It’s funny, we’ve been very lucky, we’ve been sold out quite a few times, and on the days when we haven’t it’s very noticeable, when the audience is a bit smaller and a bit quieter, those are tough shows to do. And you really feel it I think-
D: when you’re not riding the wave
S: yeah when you’re not riding the wave of them bouncing back at you, when we have our own momentum and it’s stopped by a quiet audience member who doesn’t want to play, that’s when we feel tired.
S: Whereas today, we sold out again, so I’m looking forward to -and when that happens, I think, we both come off, both, quite buzzy.
D: Yeah absolutely. And actually this morning I reflected, so we’ve had what, eleven days straight without a break, and only three more to go.
S: Yeah that’s right
D: And actually that’s fine, it’s fine, a final way to spend a bank holiday weekend.
S: So yeah we’re fine.
D: Yeah we’re fine, we’re fine. (laughs) Hope that answered your question.
So how has the response been? I know you’ve been performing The Vanishing Man for a while, but The Extinction Event is pretty new?