Edinburgh Fringe Festival next gig for Wollongong's Danny Condon

NERVOUS: Danny Condon is rehearsing one and a half hours each day ahead of his shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Supplied

NERVOUS: Danny Condon is rehearsing one and a half hours each day ahead of his shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Supplied

By day he works as an English language tester at the University of Wollongong College, in his lunch breaks he’s singing about being the odd one out.

Performer Danny Condon, 32, has developed a one-man musical comedy over the last three years and has decided to take it to the Endinburgh Fringe Festival – the largest of its kind in the world.

“It’s always been on my bucket list,” he said. “It’s kind of now or never.”

After performing “Songs from the Black Sheep” to the second largest fringe festival in Adelaide last year, Condon thought it was time to push it to the world.

Condon, who comes from a family of doctors, describes the show as “Grey’s Anatomy meets Broadway” and features mostly original music.

A snippet from Danny Condon's 'Songs from the Black Sheep'

His biggest fans, his dad and brother, will accompany him on the expensive journey which will cost him around AUD$16,000.

“I’m kind of treating it like a once in a lifetime thing. The money’s one thing, but if I don’t do it now I’ll never do it and probably regret it for the rest of my life,” Condon said.

The Edinburgh Fringe is known to be a launching ground for performing careers and has pushed many Australian comics into the limelight.

The ultimate result from the adventure would be for Condon to end up as successful as Eddie Perfect or Tim Minchin.

“I would kill for a career like either of those guys,” he said.

Condon’s biggest fear is having a mental blank on stage. So to ensure his performances are “slick”, he’s spending an hour and a half each day rehearsing until he leaves for Scotland in August.

Condon is also heavily involved in the Illawarr arts scene, having starred in a number of local productions including So Popera’s Beauty and the Beast as Gaston.

“Songs from the Black Sheep” runs from August 2 to 26 at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • If you would like to assist Danny Condon with his Edinburgh finances, his crowdfunding link is HERE
Wollongong musical comedian Danny Condon rehearsing for his upcoming stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on Monday. Picture: Desiree Savage

Wollongong musical comedian Danny Condon rehearsing for his upcoming stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on Monday. Picture: Desiree Savage

The story ‘Now or never’ for Wollongong comic to head to Edinburgh Fringe first appeared on Illawarra Mercury.

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