Local stand-up comic Marjolein Robertson has secured a long-held ambition – getting a show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
She will perform at the Opium bar in the city’s Cowgate between 6th to 16th August, and invites anyone around the capital at that time to “come see the show and then drink red cans with me”.
Marjolein only applied for her slot at the end of January – which was when the draft for the show should have been in. However her application was accepted, and she said: “Here I go, years of wanting to and now finally going for it. I’m excited and nervous and trying to write observational comedy relevant to the mainland.”
Marjolein will bill herself as the “Second Most Northerly Comedian in the UK”. The most northerly will be Unst-based Les Sinclair, who has a slot himself.
Her writing strategy will involve “sitting with a bottle till I get it written. I’ll try and write coherently in one sitting and tell a story”.
Marjolein, who has performed stand-up in Amsterdam and New York, has fortunately never been heckled, and said that having an early evening slot of 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Edinburgh might make this less likely to happen.
She said: “People see me as a cute lass from a small island,” and added: “You get negative stand-ups and ones full of the joy of life, and they are less likely to get heckled.”
Marjolein’s show is part of the PBH Free Fringe which promotes free shows.