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County talent aims to hit the big time with shows in Edinburgh
OXFORDSHIRE’S finest comedy talents have taken the high road to represent the county at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Among them are psychic psychologist Rob Bailey, comedy duo We Are Goose and “time travelling Victorian magic act” Morgan and West.
Other acts from Oxford at the fringe include magicians Young and Strange and up-and-coming comedian Matt Richardson.
Oxford resident Mr Bailey is performing his show Mind Reading For Breakfast, which intersperses his life story with “baffling illusions”.
He said: “The Fringe is an amazingly intense experience.
“You get an opportunity, hard to get elsewhere, to have a run of days or even weeks.
“I leave for Edinburgh knowing the show, but I come back understanding my show; how it is funny and where.
“The show evolves and ends up coming back bomb proof.”
Comedy musical duo We Are Goose, from Wantage, will be performing with the Test Tube Comedy group until August 25.
The pair tell stories set to acoustic music. Singer Tim Kennington said: “In the show we are hoping to illuminate the general public about one of the leading pioneers of surgery, John Hunter, through the magic of song and dance. It contains scandal, grave robbing, sex and monkeys.”
Morgan and West were teaching at King Alfred’s School in Wantage when they shot to fame after winning TV magic competition Penn and Teller: Fool Us in 2011.
This year they are performing two month-long shows at the Fringe.
Their main show, Clockwork Miracles, is a daily performance in a 120-seat theatre.
Rhys Morgan said: “Clockwork Miracles is our Victorian workshop where we make our nonsense and clutter, tricks we have thrown together.
“There are lots and lots of different things, mind reading, conjuring and magic with clown noses and tea.
“In the tea trick, we invite our guests up on stage and Mr West proceeds to guess what they would like to drink with increasingly improbability.”
This is the duo’s fourth year at The Fringe.
He added: “The Fringe is just such an amazing vibrant place.
“You bump into people you consider to be famous and everyone just gets on.”
The Edinburgh Fringe has been running for 50 years and this year’s festival runs until August 27.
For listings see edfringe.com