Going To Space: The Graduettes

Broadway Baby talks to Sean Wilkie of The Graduettes.

The characters are unique; they have their own special brand of morality and logic and the Glasgow banter flows freely.

Tell us about your show

The Graduettes is a live sitcom performance. Sophie is pregnant and the father is a guy she barely knows, she’s planning the perfect Christmas for his mother until she finds her landlady dead on the living room floor and must solve the case or hide the body before her future mother-in-law arrives.

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

We debuted the show in Glasgow last year for two nights and the audience loved it. We decided to put it on again for a longer run in Glasgow and to take it to the Fringe as we feel it’s good enough to attract attention on an International stage.

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

The atmosphere and the experience of having a first time show at the Fringe, connecting with an entirely new audience and the opportunity to fine tune and develop the show at the best place possible.

Why Edinburgh? What’s the attraction?

Edinburgh is a special place at this time of year, we’ve seen shows at the Fringe before and there is something magic about it. To experience that from the other side of the curtain is something from the bucket list.

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

The characters are unique; they have their own special brand of morality and logic and the Glasgow banter flows freely. The show builds and builds, one disaster after another until the audience are splitting their sides and the eventual resolution.

How did you create your show?

My wife and I didn’t know each other very well when we found out we were pregnant. It seemed like a disaster at the time but ultimately it worked out for us and we are very happily married with a wonderful son but the uncertainty of it all and what felt like the most stressful nine months inspired a sitcom, and in order to find out if it was worth pursuing we came up with the concept of putting an episode on as a stage show, that way you get an immediate reaction from the audience.

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

My main objective is to continue to build a following for this show, to get word of mouth going around, and help build an audience for the future. The ultimate aim for the show is a television series on television or a subscription service like Netflix and to get anywhere near that we need to prove there is an audience out there for this show.

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

The plan after the Fringe is to put on a new episode of the show at next year’s Glasgow Comedy Festival and possibly tour with the show, putting on different episodes, we will also continue to produce web videos of the show to continue building a following.

Production Company: Theres Been A Murder Productions

Venue theSpace: Surgeons Hall (V53)

Dates: 24th - 29th August 2015

Times: 18:40 (19:25)

Twitter Handle: @The_Graduettes

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this article has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now