Laughing Around presents... 2ND chats with Tez Ilyas
In August Scotland’s capital is taken over by the world’s largest arts festival in the world, The Edinburgh Fringe. Nowhere is safe as performers and artists scramble to find stages to perform their Fringe offerings. It’s vibrant, chaotic and exhilarating to be part of the melee; a highlight in the cultural calendar.
However, not everyone chooses to attend The Edinburgh Fringe. They choose to showcase their shows at smaller festivals avoiding the cost and show saturation of Edinburgh. London’s Camden Fringe was initially set up by veteran Edinburgh producers Zena Barrie and Michelle Flower to allow performers to showcase new work avoiding the massive financial outpouring required to take a show up to Edinburgh. As with all good things, Camden Fringe is expanding each year, but at its heart it remains a festival that supports creatives and celebrates new work. We had a sit down with comedian Tez Ilyas and found out why he’s swapped Edinburgh for Camden this year.