Watch Out for Jock’s Trap!
Almost no-one in Adelaide missed Craig Hill’s pink kilt at the 2012 Fringe. He’s back with a change of outfit in 2013, as he explained to Peter Burdon.
“I’ve worn a kilt since I started,” Craig explains, “but I got into a bit of trouble at the start because I’d named the show Craig Hill’s Alive With the Sound of Music because I was doing Julie Andrews impressions. Then I realised I needed a poster, and of course you’ve got that iconic image of Julie Andrews dashing over the hills. I thought for about a minute of doing drag, but I thought that would be quite unattractive, so I settled on a kilt. Well, actually the first time it was a tartan rug and my holding a guitar case on top of a hill in Edinburgh. Now I’m a bit more refined.”
Craig’s delicious, spontaneous humour saw him positively crash upon the scene in Adelaide in 2012. “I’ve been doing Fringes all over the world for years,” he explains, ”and everywhere I went I’d be talking to people and they’d ask if I’d been to Adelaide, so I finally got my act together last year. And it was fantastic. I’m in a bigger venue this year, so look at me! And I’ve got a new kilt. It’s red vinyl. Some people think it’s leather and I’m not going to tell them otherwise.”
“I think people like the organic nature of my shows,” Craig says with a giggle, “Look, if anything funny happens to me I naturally tell my friends, and it just happens from there. Like last year at a gig somewhere there was this guy who was sitting in the front row and got up to go to the toilet, so while he was away I asked the people with him to tell me something about him. So they told me about a fetish he had of his wife dressing up as a penguin. Well, I couldn’t bring myself to embarrass the poor guy but I did do a pretty good little Happy Feet dance!
In case you’re wondering about the pink kilt, yes, Craig Hill’s gay as well. “Gay and Scottish, what more could you want?” he says with a laugh. “And I’ve got a message for all my gay fans in Adelaide,” he says provocatively, “this year I’m single!”
Jock’s Trap! runs from 4 March in Le Cascadeur. Book at Fringetix.