Brief Edinburgh Encounter With … Randy, the PuppetDate: 13 August 2009
American alcoholic puppet Randy makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut with his new show, Randy's Postcards from Purgatory.
As an only child born into a modern-day vaudeville family in Wichita, Kansas, Randy spent his childhood traversing middle America performing in his father's travelling show, Mongrants and Son's Side Show and Patent Medicine Dealers. So natural was Randy on stage that he soon became the star attraction. People would come from miles around to see the little purple kid get thrown into scenery flats by his stony-faced father, while his mother played the bassoon side stage.
Suffering from a complete mental breakdown at the age of seven, Randy escaped the spotlight by becoming a roustabout for a two-ring Russian circus. His travels with the circus eventually landed him in Australia and it was here that Randy decided to leave showbusiness for good. He was taken in by a family of bus drivers and his teen years were some of the happiest of his life. Randy graduated high school with reasonable grades and, after a year of surfing and drinking excessive quantities of corner store bourbon, he enrolled in a teaching degree at Notingwood Technical College.
The next 15 years of Randy's life - including his dysfunctional marriage and his disastrous return to the stage - sets the scene for his Edinburgh Fringe debut, Randy's Postcards from Purgatory.
Why did you decide to return to the theatre?
This is your solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe. How do you think the crowd will respond to the show?
Why Postcards from Purgatory?
At this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Randy's Postcards From Purgatory is at the Underbelly, 8-30 August (no show 17 August) at 7:20pm.
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