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What do you do after a wedding dress impulse buy? Sandra Thomas wrote a show to justify the expense.

purchased a huge wedding dress, on a whim, and needed to justify it’s existence in my home, so I wrote a monologue which then evolved into an entire show.

Tell us about your show

It’s a comedy, written and performed by Sandra Thomas. It was inspired by an impulse buy (of a wedding dress), and a really awful family wedding.

Why did you decide to take your show to Space UK this year?

They treated me very well the last time I brought a show to the Edinburgh Fringe (2012), their venues are run so well, with so many nice people, and it’s a HUGE perk to be able to attend shows by other artists for free (as long as those shows aren’t sold out). Last time there, I saw many wonderful shows, gratis.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s festival?

Hobgoblin, Adnams Broadside, Edinburgh Gold, sticky toffee pudding, and vegetarian haggis.

Why Edinburgh? What’s the attraction?

It’s like summer camp for actors, and there’s good beer and people watching. Arthurs Seat is right there for a nice hike, and because there’s so many places I walk, I can eat pretty much what I want to, and I don’t get too fat.

Have you brought a show to the festival before?

Yes, in 2012 I brought The Property Known As Garland to the festival

What makes your show unique amongst the thousands of others at the festival?

I think I wear the biggest dress (It takes up a whole suitcase).

What has been the biggest challenge in getting your show ready for Edinburgh?

Personal inertia, and waning self-esteem.

Have you been to other venues at the festival?

As an audience member I’ve seen a ton of shows over the years at many venues, as a performer I’ve only appeared at SpaceUK , in 2012, and now 2015.

How did you create your show?

I purchased a huge wedding dress, on a whim, and needed to justify it’s existence in my home, so I wrote a monologue which then evolved into an entire show.

What’s the main thing you want to get out of the festival this year?

A two pound profit.

Can you tell us a bit about your company’s background?

Snapdragon Theatre is me. Although my husband helps out a lot. He’s my sound and light guy. In the 1980’s we visited the Edinburgh Fringe as tourists, and we saw a show called Withering Looks by LipService (Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding) I laughed so hard I nearly wet my pants. Back in those days before computers I wrote them.. when I got home (they are based in Manchester, England (that’s snail mail and it was international so it took WEEKS), and in my letter I asked them if they would allow me to do a production of their script in Minnesota. They did and that was the first show I produced. (This is their 30th year of being a comedy duo btw.) The show I’m going to do this year at the Fringe, is one I’ve written myself, and that’s a first for me. In the past I’ve produced things other people have written.

If your show does well in Edinburgh, what do you want to do with it next?

I would love to tour it. Anywhere.

Show Name: Macaroni on a Hotdog

Production Company: Snapdragon Theatre

Venue: SpaceUK Surgeon’s Hall Theatre 3

Dates: August 7th – 29th, with Sunday’s off

Times: 11:35 A.M.

Twitter Handle: @macaroni_hotdog