On the Fringe: Jamie Griffiths

Jamie Griffiths - The Quant. Pic: Comp
Jamie Griffiths - The Quant. Pic: Comp
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YOU heard there was a killing to be made in the City, studied, graduated (with honours) and finally landed a job at the world’s second biggest bank.

But the hard work isn’t over. It’s only just begun. Luckily The Quant is here to help. Take a guided tour through the complicated world of financial risk, with Jamie Griffiths, at the Hill Street Theatre this Fringe.

Describe yourself: Introverted. Quiet. A worrier. I probably take myself a bit too seriously.

What do you do? I write plays - mostly about science and economics - and, sometimes, perform in them.

Best thing about doing what you do: Sensing the audience as they go along, as a single unit, with the story you’re telling them. It’s an incredible feeling.

Worst moment ever (on stage): I dried during a Christmas play at school when I was about 13. It put me off acting for six years.

Worst moment ever (off stage): The horrible realisation that you don’t have enough money to make it to your next paycheque. It’s happened a few times.

Best Edinburgh memory: When I was last performing at the Fringe, Margiotta’s in Marchmont did three bottles of wine for a tenner. I think it’s a Sainsbury’s now.

Plane or train? I try to be green, so train whenever possible.

If you weren’t an entertainer, what would you be? Hopefully a writer of some kind. I’ll try a novel one day.

Who was the last text you received from? EE - their marketing is relentless.

When was the last time you cried? I saw Broke, at the Pleasance Dome, the other day. It’s a beautiful, theatrical, insightful study of people living on the poverty line, using debt to get by. Had me in floods.

Are you on Twitter? I am @jamie_griff

Sell your show in five words: Dark tale of misbehaving bankers.

• The Quant, Hill Street Theatre, Hill Street, until 24 August (not 12) 8.05pm, £10, 0131-226 0000