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Naomi Sheldon: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Good Girl edinburgh fringe

A debut hour of storytelling that takes a look at the darker side of being a good girl.

Hello. How are you today?

Bloody marvellous thank you. I’ve just finished a new draft of my show and I can finally finish I Love Dick. I think it’s the most perfect series I’ve ever seen. Serving suggestion. It’s best when accompanied with a hunk of cheese and a sherry.

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

Not wildly different. I mean you wouldn’t think you’d walked into a Jimmy Carr show when you were expecting sexual awakening and Madonna. Although… it’s more ABBA than Madonna now. Oops. But it’s been a useful corner stone. Sargent blurb has kept me in order when I’ve gone meandering into other stories. Yes ma’am.

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

The momentous events of 2016 have put a fire in my belly. With you-know-who heading the most powerful country in the world and an internet culture of shouting down women, it feels more important than ever for female voices to have the space to make their perspective heard. Good Girl looks at what can happen when women self-silence to fit in with what is expected of them. When a powerful woman is a ‘nasty woman’, It’s vital to have an antidote of frank female voices speaking openly.

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

I’ll be sharing a flat with my director and my husband, who are the same person. To be honest, I’m not sure we’ll be able to keep the marriage together without our cat who we’ll have had to leave in London. All being well, we’ll be helping each other to survive the month by running round but not up Arthur’s Seat, visiting our favourite restaurants and demanding foot massages from each other (that’ll be mainly me).

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I can’t wait to see Jayde Adams’ new show Jayded. I’m looking forward to catching Prom Kween again. There’s also Zazu, Raisins to Stay Alive, and David Elms’ Siren. There’s a bunch of shows that members of improv extraordinaires The Free Association are taking up so I’ll be looking out for them.

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

In the past, I’ve always got such joy from coming up to Edinburgh and seeing as much as possible and for the first time I’m going to be part of this community of people who are making and sharing their own work. I can’t wait.

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

Victoria Wood without a doubt. Although I overheard a conversation recently that went like this: “I wasn’t bothered about Victoria Wood dying. I mean, she’s basically Julie Walters. And she’s still around.”

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

Do you remember growing up how boys would draw dicks on everything? Take your eye off any flat surface and a boy will have drawn a dick on it. Which was really annoying if it was an art project because you had to throw it away or incorporate a dick in it somehow.

In response, age 11, I started drawing vaginas in their books. A guerrilla vagina attack. They didn’t know what they were. An ordinance survey? A hill gradation map?

I’m writing this on a pre-Edinburgh holiday in Italy and there on an ancient monument- a huge graffiti dick. The international language of penile expression. Time to get out my paints.

Naomi Sheldon: Good Girl
The Mash House
2-27 Aug, 1pm

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