Open letter to Lucy Flournoy

I had an email sent to me. I replied but the email bounced back. wrong address i guess. So i thought i would post the email and my reply here in case she gets it.


Subject: Tips for Folkwang UdK Students about Fringe Festival

Message: Hey Trygve,

First off, I'm very impressed by your "socmexit" (...hmm not quite as catchy as "brexit") and also believe that that's the direction we all ought to head, though it's hard, especially at the very beginning of a career as a performing artist, to find the courage to take that step. What lead you to the decision and have the pros outweighed the cons for you so far?

I'm actually writing to ask you if you'd be so kind as to share a few tips (they can be short and sweet if you haven't much time) with the Physical Theatre students at the Folkwang about taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe. I attended the Festival this past summer (just to watch not perform) and will be presenting about it tomorrow in class with Didi Sascher (who interviewed you at the Full Spin Festival in Essen, Germany last year). It's a bit last minute to be asking, but perhaps you have a spare moment to shoot me back an email. Would be very helpful to have your veteran insight into performing at EdFringe! 
Thanks! Hope all is well and to see you on stage again soon. 
Maybe at the Fringe next year? ;-)

All the best,
for the Physical Theatre Department at Folkwang University of the Arts

And here’s my answer:

Hi Lucy!

Yes, i've been very happy with my socmedexit. but it does make me feel a little like i've turned into a conspiracy theorist. there's something about rolling news coverage which makes me feel uneasy. but maybe i'm from a generation who protested things by staying away, even when they were corporate monsters to whom my lack of custom would mean very little to them (mcdonalds, and starbucks as i was growing up, later nestle and coke, now facebook, airbnb, uber.. one day i'll try to leave google too haha). anyway, it's fine and works for me. it's actually quite good in a way trying to find other ways to communicate to people that i have shows coming up and a presence without it. i guess it's word-of-mouth... but the old fashioned way. anyway, all those people have social media so if i want to spread the word i can do it the old fashioned way and they might talk about it on social media... who knows? ha

Anyway, tips on going to edinburgh fringe?

1) you will have heard this a lot people saying "make sure you know why you're going", and that doesn't make a lot of sense to me but, the same result is if you ask yourself that question in a different way, and that is: "I'm at edinburgh doing my show, no-one is coming, i have a cold, i think i'm still hungover, i'm not making any money and spent all my savings to get here BUT AT LEAST I'M....." and if you can finish that sentence in a way that satisfies you then you will know why you're going. ;)

2) there is so much average stuff on offer there. the best thing you can do for a show is put your heart and soul into it, make something no one has ever seen before and make it great by your own rules. 

3) let the show adapt. there are lots of shows where you feel like the artist made it before coming to edinburgh and that is what they will present, they are not listening to the audience. listen to the audience.

4) make something no one has ever seen before. i said that already but i've just decided that is the most important thing which will make a show great. answering but-at-least-i'm is the most important thing for your mental health and getting through it.

5) this rule applies to me, but maybe not everyone. make sure you are match fit, get in shape months before edinburgh, train, do yoga, meditate. continue this practice during edinburgh. I usually have to let it go by the end of the second week because i'm too exhausted by the festival and just need recovery time over training time. one day i'll be able to train for the whole month.

Hope that makes some sense to you and is fun and useful. lots of love to all the class.



I have nothing to say

I’ve just updated the Upcoming shows section of the website. and while i was here i thought i’d take a stroll through the rest of the website. I obviously haven’t been social for a while because there is, like, nothing in the social section (this section). Have i been a hermit trapped in a cave?yes. i have. and i’ve really made the cave look lovely. new wallpaper on the damp rock walls, fridge magnets in a pile on the floor beside the cardboard box i pretend is a refrigerator.

Autumn is a fantastic time for fashion. it’s cool enough to have to wear combinations of clothes but not so cold that you have to hide it all under a huge duvet with sleeves to keep yourself warm. and as always i’ve found deep comfort in t-shirt over long sleeved t-shirt fashion choice.

I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth but there is a cukrarna (patisserie) around the corner who do the BEST cakes. so now i love cakes.



Sitting in Busan

so here i am. Sitting in a hotel in busan as a typhoon gently laps against the coastline. my head is full of some strange cold, or maybe its just cotton wool which was squeezed into my nose as i slept on the long-haul flight over here. feeling unhealthy is one of my least favorite things to do, i think i should put it down to a lapse in my previously god-like health and fitness regime. I should get back to daily yoga and caring about what i put into my body. but when i'm deep in a cloud of cotton wool, all i want to do is eat greasy chips and sleep some more and drink a whiskey as if that is all helpful.

I have to perform tonight on an outdoor stage as the wind whips the comedy around the cinema centre and up the trouser legs of all the dignitaries and celebrities who will attend. Maybe i should re-enact the wind? then the wind can get mad that i'm stealing all its material and leave. or maybe it will do my act. Tonight, performing the role of Grareth Krubb.... the WIND!!! the crowd goes wild.

That was Berlin!

Just getting home now from Berlin where I totally smashed it with Nautilus at Bar Jeder Vernunft (I’ll be back in September with Nautilus and October with Mad Office if you missed it this time). 

But the real highlight was catching up with my Berliners and the lovely Geoff Sobelle who I haven’t seen for a long time. I’m not going to Edinburgh this year but if you are make sure you see his show Home which sounds extraordinary. I’m sad I’ll miss it but I’m sure it will have a big life. 

Thanks everyone. I’m now going on holiday! Hooray! No performing for two whole glorious months! 😘 


Here is my garden which I will be tending over summer and my family which I will also be tending over summer. ❤️


Insult to injuries

I’m performing in the Prague fringe right now. Struggling through some pretty dreadful work-in-progress material. Feeling no inspiration to be in this game.

Yesterday I did a bit at a family gig. Later on another performer admiringly told me that I could earn some great money being a clown at kids parties. 

Another performer told me how philippe gaulier was a bit of a masogynist, then proceeded to name drop some of the great clowns she knows, Tinky Snowlady, Betsy LaDiDa, the amazing Agee Shortbread.  

I have never wanted to not do this job more than right now.  



Thanks BAC

Thank you Battersea Arts Centre for putting me up for three nights of shows, and for space to rehearse and develop whatever this new show will turn out to be. 

I showed up with no ideas and have walked away with a couple of threads that I’m interested in developing.  



thanks to everyone that came along. Next week, Prague fringe!


Phineas has started going to daycare! He gets to hang out with other kids, play with an infinite number of toys, ride little bikes, and Trygve gets to sit uninterrupted on his computer and send long overdue emails! #parentlife


Look at this happy kid!

Look at this happy kid!

I probably won’t mention Phineas a lot but an update now and then if you’re lucky. I mean, he was the star of Trygve Versus A Baby after all!


Trygve performed in Bochum last night for the university of applied sciences. He had a fantastic time. Hopefully he’ll return. 

The aftermath of performing in a sauna.  

The aftermath of performing in a sauna.  

I left social media.

Yup. that's right. I left social media. all of it. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... that's all of it right? So now I'm going to post stuff here sometimes, maybe often. I'm not sure. I don't have anything to prove. 

It was strange how difficult it was to leave social media, as though i was leaving the planet. friends saying they will miss me and farewell. But I must say that I feel a lot cleaner. You can read about my goings-on through your own free will, not because you were algorithmically chosen. good one!

Also, I'm delighted to announce that i'm nearly off for summer holidays! But first I perform in Bochum on Monday (7th May), at BAC in London (17-20th May), Prague Fringe (25th-30th May), and Bar Jeder Vernunft (5th June).