Highlanders first for Scottish comedian

Scottish comedian Bruce Fummey plans to cut loose on Shakespeare's Macbeth this week. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Scottish comedian Bruce Fummey plans to cut loose on Shakespeare's Macbeth this week. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Forgoing a Saturday show may be a dubious financial decision for a visiting comedian, but rugby fan Bruce Fummey knows where his priorities lie.

''I'm going to see the Highlanders play the Crusaders on Saturday night. You might get about 50 people on a Thursday to a show and 100 people on a Saturday, so it might cost me $1000 for this game.

''I'm sure when I go home my wife might have a different perspective of the value of the arrangements that I've made.''

The Scottish comedian is returning to Fringe this year for his show Macbeth Without the Shakespeare Bollocks.

The 53-year-old wanted to tell the king's story unspoiled by the play, which was ''propaganda'' written for King James 1 of England, he said.

''Macbeth is the most famous Scottish king that no-one knows anything about, because the only information we have about Macbeth is from that twisted play.''

The show would tell the real history interspersed with ''smutty jokes'', he said.

The real Macbeth, King of Scotland, was a successful ruler who had as much right to the role as anyone, he said.

Fummey lives in Perth, Scotland, in the area where Macbeth lived, so was able to personally absorb the history.

The Scottish influence of Dunedin was clear when he got lost in the city on his first visit, he said.

''Driving up I saw on a street corner the name Frederick St and I thought if I was in Edinburgh and I was on Frederick St and wanted to go to George St I would just turn around there, and sure enough it was there.''

No matter what happened on the trip, it was already worth it after meeting Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith after last weekend's game, he said.

''Now that's something - the finest comedian on the afro-celtic comedy circuit meets the world's greatest scrum-half.''

• Fummey will perform Macbeth Without the Shakespeare Bollocks at 8pm tomorrow and Friday at the Fortune Theatre.

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