Interview: MacKenzie & McGuire

Phil Matthews heads to Marylebone to have afternoon tea with a new double-act preparing to shake up the Edinburgh Festival, and discovers a spirited duo on a creative mission.


“Somebody famous said ‘The harder I worked, the luckier I got', and that's true as well.”

If there's one thing audiences warm to, it's a good double-act. For decades we've been exposed to the Comedy Greats such as Laurel and Hardy, Morecambe and Wise, French and Saunders; even Little and Large frequently notched up 12 million viewers during the 80s. In recent years who hasn't been charmed by the eccentric antics of Matt Lucas and David Walliams, Mitchell and Webb, or Ant and Dec? It's a British tradition that has continued over the years, with many great duos having carved their careers at the Edinburgh Festival.

I'm on my way to meet MacKenzie and McGuire, two professional actresses set to light up the Fringe this year with their first play I'll Always Think of You That Way. A successful premier of the production at The Canal Café last year sparked a meeting with the Artistic Director of The Pleasance Theatre, Anthony Alderson, who invited the duo to perform
the piece for one night at the theatre's Islington base. Both the play and the girls themselves were a huge hit and the Pleasance eagerly signed them up for their summer programme.

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