Amy chats to Siân Docksey who is taking her show Pole Yourself Together to Edinburgh!

Hey Siân- here’s your chance to give an elevator pitch, can you give us a brief synopsis?

It’s a pole-dancing comedy show about how to banish your existential dread, with varying results.

What inspired you to create this show?

I’d been doing comedy and pole dancing separately and I just wanted to see what happened when I smashed the two together. Also, my accountant told me I had to use pole in comedy stuff to keep business expensing my lessons, and the show concept was born. 

Have you performed at the fringe before? What are the best and worst parts of performing at the fringe? 

I’ve been up before with shorter stand-up shows and in a sketch double act, but this is my first hour. Fringe is really great once it all gets going. The worst thing is honestly just how expensive it is to get up there in the first place. The best thing is discovering completely new stuff every day that blows your mind – like, one year my friend took me to see Rob Auton’s The Yellow Show to show me that comedy can be whatever you want it to be. That was amazing! And you just get to keep finding stuff like that in some random venue behind a bollard for a month which is pretty magic. 

What are the main themes within the production, and what can audiences expect?

Dread! Pole dancing! Astrology! Feminism, maybe? A lot of astrology, in a section that keeps getting longer mainly to piss off my director Alexander Bennett. 

Finally, with so many shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, why should people book a ticket to this one?

So you’ll never enjoy another comedy show ever again ‘cause you’ll be thinking: “Ah this would be so much better if they were upside down and hanging off a stick.”

Pole Yourself Together is on at Pleasance Dome from the 2nd – 28th August at 7.10pm – find out more here!

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