BEFORE THE 2013 FRINGE STARTED TWONKEY WAS INCLUDED IN TIME OUTS TOP TEN MUST-SEE CABARET SHOWS
THE LEGENDARY KATE COPSTICK POPPED IN TO SEE TWONKEY AND HAD THIS TO SAY IN A ROUND UP IN THE SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY WHICH FEATURED RICHARD HERRING,PHILL JUPITUS AND TWONKEY:
• TOP FIVE MUST SEE CABARET SHOWS IN THE SCOTSMAN:(chosen by Claire Smith)THE SKINNY REVIEW 4 STARS REVIEW BY VONNY MOYES. PUBLISHED 20 AUGUST 2013 How deep does the rabbit hole go? Several flights of stairs into the belly of Edinburgh – and that’s just the venue. Pay a visit to Twonkeys Blue Cadabra, and you’ll find yourself in the curious world of Paul Vickers’ imagination; a place where fairytales grew up, and went a bit wrong.
1.Briefs: The Second Coming - Assembly George Square, 1-26 August Simply the most sexy boylesque you will ever see in your life, Briefs are a troupe of gorgeous, uttterly adorable boys from Down Under who prance, preen, twirl and do amazing things with feathers and fans.
2.EastEnd Cabaret: Dirty Talk - Underbelly, 1-25 August The naughtiest girls in town, EastEnd Cabaret write funny dirty songs full of outrageous anatomical detail. Inspired by Brecht and the brothels of Bangkok this musically talented duo have buckets of charm and put on a rip roaring show.
3.Le Gateau Chocolat – I heart Chocolat - Underbelly, 31 July-26 August Star of La Clique and La Soiree, Le Gateau is a giant sparkly man with lashings of mascara and a huge voice. This is a chance to see him solo – in a show inspired by a giant box of chocolates. Expect to see him belt out songs from Madonna, Donna Summer and – in tribute to the chef from South Park – Chocolate Salty Balls.
4.The Piff The Magic Dragon Show - Pleasance Dome, 1-25 August Owner of Mr Piffles, aka the cutest dog on the Fringe, Piff is a miserable magician in a bright shiny dragon suit who does astonishing magic tricks and makes you laugh. He’s a favourite with Penn and Teller, has played Vegas and has ten million hits on YouTube. This could be his year.
5.Twonkey’s Blue Cadabra – Free - Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 1-25 August You can do cabaret with glitter, polish and pizazz or you can be a dishevelled northerner with a shedload of home made rubbish props. Mr Twonkey is the most shambolic act you’ll ever see but his shows sparkle with glorious imagination and wonderfully stupid offbeat humour.
One of Britain's most psychedelic absurdists, Paul Vickers is ready to confuse Edinburgh again with the ongoing adventures of Twonkey.
AMAZING BOLLOCKS AN INTERVIEW THE SKINNY FEATURE BY VONNY MOYES. PUBLISHED 01 AUGUST 2013 “I’ve never really seen myself as one particular art form. I’m a bit of an ideas person really, and I didn’t really fully intend to get into songwriting; it just sort of happened.” Paul Vickers, former frontman of 90s indie darlings, Dawn of the Replicants, has stumbled into comedy and surprised himself that it’s going well. He’s a serial creator, meandering into whatever takes his fancy. I asked him where it began: “I started doing drawings; city landscapes, kind of like Lowry, but quite intense. I thought I was going to do well in my art GCSE, but I only got a C, which I was disappointing, because my friend got a B+ and all he’d done were really accurate drawings of Roland Rat...” Undeterred by exam-board taste, he trundled off to art college, joined a band, and was then nudged in the direction of comedy, eventually gracing the Fringe with a surrealist’s wet dream; songs, stories, a windmill, a cottage, an underwater circus and a Twonkey: a cytpozoological puppet accomplice with a knack for numbers. Where do you even begin writing something like that? “You have a spazzy moment, and you can’t work out if it’s utter bollocks or if it was amazing, and you reflect on that a few days later. That seems to be how it works with comedy. When you’re at your most mad and out there— which is what worries me— people like that the most".Since then, he and his moveable pal have peppered another two festivals with their own flavour of folklore, occasionally disturbing crowds with loaves of talking bread. He’s not so much a man who does it by the book, as one who writes his own. Make sure you catch it before the wind takes him somewhere else.