The Edinburgh Fringe Archive – Tim Fitzhigham (Flanders And Swann, At The Drop Of A Hippopotamus, 2016)
There are Fringe performers, there are Fringe stalwarts, and then there is Tim FitzHigham
This Gentleman Explorer has spent decades at the Fringe, bringing shows about his madcap activities that he has attempted in the previous twelve months…most notably he was the first person to row across the English Channel in a bathtub, held the British and European record for the longest Washing Line, and was part of an obscure show called ‘Alex Horne: The Taskmaster‘ in 2010. I wonder what happened to that?
Anyway, 2016 saw a much calmer FitzHigham in Edinburgh. Although not quite ready to present his latest daredevil moment, he once more joined with Duncan Walsh Atkins to bring their loving tribute to Flanders and Swann to the Fringe for its tenth show.
With the full backing of the families and estates of Michael Flanders and Donald Swan. Comedian, actor performer FitzHigham is an Ideal front man for the duo whilst musician Atkins is superb as his straight man the slightly aloof debonair pianist. Never heard of Flanders and Swann perhaps but most people recognise some of their musical numbers… Spend an hour in the Cabaret Bar sit back relax then join in with the refrains.
Part tribute, part let’s do some funny song, part ‘let’s not forget about these titanic comedians’, FitzHigham and Atkins continue to present their showcase of the comedic music from Michael Flanders and Donald Swann at the Fringe,
Tim joined myself, and co-host Paul Levy from FringeReview, in 2016’s Podcast Studio to talk about the show, his love of Flanders and Swann, and their importance to the cultural landscape.
So let’s go back to The Cabaret Bar, to 2016, and enjoy At The Drop Of A Hippopotamus.
- Find out more from The Pleasance here.. Follow Tim FitzHigham on Twitter, @timfitzhigham, or on his website www.fitzhigham.com. You can find details on the Guildhall of St George here.
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