We asked Die Roten Punkte to write about their return to the Edinburgh Fringe. Otto decided to interview partner Astrid, and here are the results…
[Die Roten Punkte. Picture: TSPL]
Otto: Astrid, on behalf of The Scotsman newspaper, I would like to ask you some questions about your experience of the Edinburgh Festival.
Astrid: Why are you asking me the questions? Why can’t The Scotsman people ask me?
O: They asked me to write an article.
A: Why would they ask you to write an article?
O: Because that’s what they do. Sometimes they ask artists and musicians and comedians to write things during the festival time.
A: They could have asked me.
O: They asked me. This is the first time you’ve been back to the Edinburgh Festival since 2009. What do you remember about it?
A: I remember that I like to start at the Peartree in the afternoon and work my way through a few pints of cider, then switch to beer and whisky as we move on down to the Basement pub.
O: OK. Anything else?
A: I think I was banned from the Kohl bar last time for rolling on the floor and kissing under the tables. And maybe just a little bit of pants rubbing.
O: You don’t remember anything about playing shows?
A: Oh yeah. We played shows, too.
O: What do you remember about that?
A: I remember hanging out in the Merch booth after the show. Edinburgh people like me to sign their body parts after our concerts. In other cities I sign hands, arms and sometimes a boob but in Edinburgh they all want their asses signed. Then we all go out dancing.
A: Last time, we had all these tequila shots and I was dancing on the tables at the Port O’Leith and I slipped on a soggy beer coaster and shot across the room and ended up straddling three men who became my best friends for that night.
O: Was that the night that you got all of those bruises and you kept falling over and missing the drums.
O: Don’t you think that maybe it’s time to slow down a little.
A: What do you mean?
O: Well, since you were in drug and alcohol rehabilitation…
A: We’re not talking about that. That didn’t happen. I just had a small holiday.
O: I am a journalist for The Scotsman newspaper. I have to ask the hard-hitting questions. There are some performers that say Edinburgh Fringe is a mighty beast and so they swear off alcohol for the whole festival.
A: Yeah, but Otto. When I was away on my small holiday I learned this great new word. Moderation… and what it means is, that you can drink one drink, one at a time, one after the other! Moderation has changed my life!
O: I don’t think that’s what moderation means Astrid. It can’t mean coming home at 5am staggering in the door with sick all over your dress!
A: That wasn’t sick, that was garlic sauce from my kebab on the way home, all the sauces dripped out the bottom onto my boob. But the next day it was a great dried tasty snack.
O: That’s disgusting.
A: Actually it tasted great.
O: I think this year you should be making a commitment to arriving at the gig on time and sober. We start at 8:55pm every night Astrid.
A: That’s too hard to remember! Who can remember 8:55pm?
O: That is the time and you must be there or else I will be rocking out on my own.
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Originally published in The Scotsman