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Rachel Parris: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Rachel Parris is one of the hardest working and talented performers at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Not only is see a brilliant improviser in the acclaimed Austentatious, but her solo shows are always wonderful showcases for her gifts at songwriting and playing the piano.

Hello. How are you today?

I’m really well thanks! I just ate half a pizza and I’m going on a hen do tonight so life is good.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

I think I am, I had a year off doing a solo show last year and had itchy feet all Fringe, even though I was doing three other daily shows; It’s not quite the same as doing one on your own and so ive been kind of waiting to get this show out for ages, bring it on!

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

It’s not far off, but then the blurb was aggressively vague. The blurb sounds very Girl Power and Up The Women and You Go, Girlfriend but I’m not that sassy in real life and the show is more Victoria Wood than Beyonce. (That kind of humour, not comparing myself to Victoria Wood, she’s my hero)

What are your tips for getting people to see your show?

Voodoo, hypnosis and magicks.

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

Like the last few years, I’m sharing a flat with Austentatious. We’ve fallen into a pretty good rhythm with each other now, and know how we all personally work during the Fringe. We support each other with extremely wise advice and heartfelt conversation (GIN)

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Some v exciting debut hours this year; can’t wait to see Briony Redman and Oliver Izod, both fantastic in wildly different ways! Also Colin Hoult as Anna Mann will be incredible.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

Good Potato Meals. as usual.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

I’m a curry sauce girl thank you very much.

Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.

If you think I’m above using this space to sell my show you are wrong my friends. My show is all about your life-plans falling through in your thirties and having to start again, it’s about break-ups, teaching, renting in a flat share, Elton John, pregnancy or not, money or not, hen doo’s, the Samaritans and cute dogs (The dogs were a lie) It’s got funny songs in it, it’s a true story and it contains one outstanding piece of wordplay. Come!

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans
Pleasance Dome
3-28 August, 6.50pm
£10 – £11.50

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