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Julie Shavers: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Julie Shavers edinburgh fringe

Julie Shavers wrote and stars in Mary Go Nowhere, a comedy play about a woman on the edge of a breakdown trying to keep her foul-mouthed three-year-old in preschool.

Hello. How are you today?

Hungry. And you? [Pretty hungry too – Ed]

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

They are at least first cousins.

Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?

Yes. There is a huge swath of the American population who seems hell bent on burning the whole thing down and starting over. This is definitely something we are exploring.

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

Two actors I barely know, my husband, three male children and a rotating cast of in laws and theatre obsessed hobos looking to take advantage of our location for the month. Whether or not we will survive may be directly related to our scotch and iPad consumption.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I can’t wait to see Baby Wants Candy and Whose Line is it Anyway since two of our very talented cast members are also in those shows.

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

I have promised my children gorge jumping and Nessie hunts.

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?

Prince. I loved Prince. Like a family member. I have lost uncles that upset me less. (Shhhhh) I spent an hour crying in my car listening to his music the day it happened. I am a person who has always thought it was RIDICULOUS for people to get so upset over celebrity deaths, but I grew up with Prince. He was in my room every day for years. I made out with my first real boyfriend in his mom’s trailer while watching Under the Cherry Moon. Deep cuts.

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

Should I just write about Prince some more? No? Ok. Then I’d like to use this opportunity to apologize for the deranged egomaniac we unleashed on the world in our 2016 election. I love my country, but we can and should do better

Eleanor Morton: Angry Young Woman
The Stand
2-27 Aug, 12.05pm

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