Curly is convinced that appearing youthful is the answer to success and he will do whatever is necessary to get ‘youth’. Cut a long story short. Short ruins it. Curly & Short bring their show Young at Start to Edinburgh’s Pleasance Courtyard for the Fringe this August.

Curly and Short both spoke with The Fountain about where the show stemmed from and provided top tips for first timers.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting? Young at Start certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

Short: Curly is about to turn forty and he’s freaking out that without youth on his side he’s not going to be successful so tries to recapture his youth by looking back.

Curly: But in true Short & Curly style, it’s a chaotic mish mash of nostalgic sketches.

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?

Curly: I think it came from a genuine place. I am actually turning forty during this Edinburgh run and we genuinely were concerned that ageism is an issue in our industry.

Short: As time went on we realised its only an issue if you make it one.

Curly: Sure – says the one who is thirty-six.

Short: Our influences for this show come from a lot of our childhood memories, mainly the eighties.

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?

Short: We plan to simply enjoy it. For first timers I would say take care of yourself, eat good food, get good sleep. Stay happy and remember the world is still spinning regardless of Edinburgh.

Curly: If they’re young first timers I’m sure they’ll be fine, since they have youth on their side.

TF: And what are your future plans beyond Young at Start?

Short: I’m not sure how much being on stage affects my heart, I was diagnosed with a genetic heart condition last year, so I guess we’ll try to do more filming.

Curly: I plan to discover the cure to ageing.

Short & Curly: Young at Start, Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance That, Aug 10th-13th, 15th-27th, 4:30pm