Sociologist-turned-detective Caleb Rutherford steps into a hall of mirrors exposing real people through their professions while thinking he has nothing to reveal about himself. A hilarious and thought-provoking tour de force, Kevin Fox’s Drinking and Unemployment is at the Fringe this August in Edinburgh. The Fountain caught up with Kevin about the show and his plans for the Fringe.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?  

I’m over the moon. I have dreamed of this since I was fifteen years old. Which was at least…fifteen years ago. Possibly more…

TF: Drinking and Unemployment certainly sounds interesting, what is the premise? 

The premise is a sociologist named Caleb Rutherford has come to spread the gospel of his work in professional deformation, the study of how jobs change people over time. He has created this talk tonight to share some of his favourite interviews. He expects everything to go as planned. Based on real interviews and real people. 

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

The driving force of the entire piece was that I had two important stories to tell and one day last August, the connection between them suddenly hit me in the face like a tennis racket! I was so excited to have this premise I knew would hang together about a topic I’m personally very passionate about. I conducted a series of interviews over the rest of the month, and it was born-the two hour first draft came in furious writing over about three weeks! The US title is Drinking and Unemployment (After Studs Terkel). He’s an oral historian from Chicago, and his book, Working, was an influence on the form. 

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe?

My show opens Aug 4 and plays every day but Mondays through to the end. Once it’s up and running, Keira, I plan to see everything I possibly can. I’m gonna read your stuff and find out what other new work is there!

TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh? 

This is my first time. I will be there with my wife, and this will be her fifth time. I’ve been hearing about some of her fave spots for years. Arthur’s Seat, lots of live music, Massaoke, and Baby Wants Candy (which she’s in) are all musts for me. 

TF: And what are your future plans beyond Drinking and Unemployment

I hope I am touring the fire out of this show for the next year. Tour tour tour. I want to see the world with this show I wrote. My wife and I co-wrote a comedy that we are keen to get produced. My regular gig is directing, and I look forward to directing next season too. I’m especially keen on new plays. 

You can see Drinking and Unemployment at Just The Tonic @ The Grassmarket Centre from 4th – 25th August (Not 5th, 12th or 19th) at 16:40. For tickets, please visit