The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, with more than 3,500 shows. This year, Playbill is in Edinburgh for the entire month in August for the festival and we’re taking you with us. Follow along as we cover every single aspect of the Fringe, aka our real-life Brigadoon!
Eden Sher, known for playing Sue Heck on ABC's The Middle, made her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with her solo show, aptly titled I Was on a Sitcom. Sher spoke with Playbill to share some of her Fringe experience, and give an elevator pitch of her show in her best Scottish accent. Watch the full interview above.
"Well, it's called I Was on a Sitcom, and I was on a sitcom. So naturally it is about the traumatic birth of my twin babies," Sher quips, before continuing: "It's a show about finding yourself...After you've been on a show for nine years—who are you?"
Earlier this month, Sher spoke with Playbill for a more in-depth look at her show and her story. Weaving together her experience on The Middle with a traumatic childbirth, postpartum depression, and more meant bringing the vulnerable piece all the way to Fringe was a daring move, but Sher was up for the challenge.
"[I chose Fringe] because it's the hardest one to do, and I am unhinged," Sher says. "I felt it had the most risk of failure: It's an international audience, there are 3,000 shows, it's the biggest one in the world, and I just felt like I gotta go big or go home." Sher's risk paid off—her entire run at Fringe is sold out.
I Was on a Sitcom will play its final performance at the Gilded Balloon Treviot August 28. But we won't be surprised if we see Sher perform her show Stateside very soon.