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Buyer and Cellar - Adelaide Fringe 2017 (Interview)

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Relating to one man who encompasses all of us
Who knew that Barbara Streisand would help inspire a one-man show that practically taps into the life of a Gilmore Girl (and more). As part of an Adelaide Fringe-arranged media meet up with the various artists who are performing at the festival, I had the opportunity to have a chat with Andy, who agreed to an interview. His show Buyer and Cellar is only playing till Sunday this week, so if you need reasons to buy his tickets asap, read a snippet of our exchange below:

Promo poster (Photo courtesy: Adelaide Fringe)

Who is involved in your creative / production team?
This show was originally an off-Broadway hit, written by Jonathan Tolins and is being produced by Jeanne McInerney.

How did you come up with the concept of this show?
In 2010, Barbra Streisand published a book called "My Passion for Design", about the construction of her Malibu compound. This featured a section on her basement. Because her basement isn't normal. Her basement is a quaint European mall, which houses all her collectables. This isn't a joke. It's an actual thing. Tolins became obsessed with the idea of someone working down there, and so this show was born!

Is this your first time at Adelaide Fringe?
This is actually my third time at Adelaide fringe, and I bloody love it! It's such a wonderful assault on my liver!

What is your target audience?
Our target audience is anyone who is a fan of the absurdity of celebrity. Especially any Babs fans.

How did you get involved with Adelaide Fringe?
Back home in Melbourne, I perform with Marcus Willis as Melbourne's premiere improv duo 'The Sparrow Men'. We toured our show to Feast festival here in Adelaide. The lovely Jeanne came and saw us, approached me afterwards, and the rest is history!

As a first time attendee, what should people expect from your show?
The audience can expect something like an episode of the 'Gilmore Girls', set in Barbara's basement, where I play every Gilmore Girl.

Where did you gain the inspiration to come up with creating the content of your show // performing in front of an audience?
Even though I didn't create this show, Gavin Roach (a wonderful Melbourne based theatre director and producer) and I worked really hard on making sure the perspectives of all these characters was clear. This is a really great play in that on the surface, it's a hilariously absurd piece, but underneath, it's a really interesting story about the allure of fantasy.

Simply put, why should people come and watch your show?
People should come and watch this show because it's fun, camp, and I wear very short shorts. It's a 5 man show, performed by one man, which is insane in of itself.

Book your tickets to Andy Balloch's show Buyer and Cellar here and connect with the show and the artist through their social media platforms:
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Why? You will be able to relate to this show on so many levels.
When: This week (Mar 2-5)
Where: Tandanya Arts Cafe
Cost: $26
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