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Samantha Baines: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Samantha Baines explores the lost women of science.


Hello. How are you today?

Very well thanks. I am a little sunburnt actually. I am prone to burning and prone to ignoring others advice about burning and saying “it’s fine I am wearing factor 30” and then still burning. Ah pale skin and climate change.

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

It’s pretty close actually. I come up with the concept of the show and then right the material around that – you see I need a direction for the show or I just get lost – a show concept is my google maps.

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

Yes totally. My show is about loss and people who are lost which I think we can all relate to after the year we have had. I also lost my Dad last year which was a momentous event for me – this year’s offering isn’t a ‘dead dad show’ but my dad features, it would be hard to ignore something like that.

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

I am not sharing a flat with any comedians this year! I am sharing with my producer and two lovely actresses so I get to be the token funny one. Ha. We will cook nice food and talk about things other than our faces on posters to survive – also I checked they all have Netflix subscriptions, which is essential for fringe living.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

On Netflix? Loads and I’m excited about quite a few shows at the fringe too. Particularly Spencer Jones, Sara Pascoe, Joe Sutherland, Angela Barnes, Jayde Adams, Evelyn Mok, Jess Fostekew and Sarah Keyworth.

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

I am looking forward to taking a selfie next to a poster with my face on and to meeting all the different audiences who come to see the show. Last year I was upstaged by a moth, a woman outed her son for farting and a teenager sat in the front row with his hand in his pants throughout the show, so I can’t wait for what this year has to bring! It’s a gorgeous city but it is the people that make the fringe and the lovely fellas and women who come to see my shows really are the best bit.

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

I was devastated to hear about Victoria Wood. When I was younger I remember watching her shows on TV with my Mum and I always dreamed of working with her. I actually got to meet Victoria once but I was so nervous I just verbal diarrhoea’d at her, which was far from the sophisticated show biz meeting I had imagined. I always hoped I would get to meet her again and show her that I could in fact speak whole sentences. She was a glorious performer and writer and is so missed my so many.

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

Useful science fact: turns out a quark is a building block of particles not just a posh duck!


Samantha Baines: 1 Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom
Pleasance Courtyard
2-28 Aug, 3.30pm
£9-£10

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