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Beth Vyse: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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How are you today?

My minds a bit fried, looking after baba, and creating workshops for The Roundhouse, and my Gig list, and then I’m directing a Shakespeare at LAMDA and my Edinburgh Show. I think I’m all right…. Ah I don’t know now… juggler I’m a juggler…fingers in too many pies… jack-of-all-trades, master of none… I’m actually looking forward to Edinburgh this time just baby and show…

Sorry, you just want to know that I’m fine, and yes I’m fine.

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

Well this year it’s the closest it’s ever been, “say what Beth Vyse?” Yes it’s almost the same.

Well I had the idea for the show last year, but due to my partner getting sick and due to the bloody huge life altering experience of getting all my hair chopped off we had to cancel Edinburgh.

But the show has altered, as I have altered, I think, in the first year Motherhood.

It’s me as “Olive Hands – doing her brand new show – The Hand that Rocked the Cradle” and yes my baby will take a starring role –

The producers of ITV9 (you know what ITV 9 is like) think it’s a good idea for a Mother and Baby to host a Daytime Television Show, but as Olive shows go… she tries too hard, yet again. Is haunted by a missed construed idea from her past about something Sir David Jason said to (me) Olive when she was younger. It’s really about letting go of the past, what’s important to us and actually just being in the present, how your dreams alter and shift as you grow older, procreate and it’s also bloody stupid, anarchic and ridiculous fun, with a man in leopard morph suit and a bonnet playing my handmaid, and we have live birth in the show. Good ‘clean’ fun for all the family!

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

I’ve changed! No more sharing with weirdo’s sorry The Weirdos. We’re sharing a flat with another couple with baby, so a chilled affair and we can babysit for each other, not get too stressed over things as we have “other” things to think about.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

I feel like I’m plugging my “Finding the Funny” course, but I’m going to suggest some of the new acts I’ve been working with on my course: Firstly the remarkable Olga Koch doing her debut hour, I’m really excited about what this year holds for her, not sure Hugh Davis and Sam Lake are doing full hours this year but they are definitely names to look for in the future. The refreshing mentalist Kit Sullivan is doing his wonderful hour… there’s whole host of others too, Martin Willis, Abbie Murphy, Tash Goldstone to name but a few. It’s great to see talent coming through, and it’s nice to know you had a little “HAND” in their process along the way.

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

Kids shows, I can take my baby to kids shows, I can no longer look like a weirdo adult at kids shows… I love kids shows, one reason for having a baby, kids shows. KIDS SHOWS!

The Fringe’s tagline this year is ‘Into The Unknown’. What do people not know about you?

That I’m actually 64 and have collapsed arches.

I’m bored of all the podcasts I currently subscribe to. Can you recommend me a good one please?

You seriously think I’ve got time to listen to podcasts. Maybe Politics Weekly.. Weekly.

Beth Vyse as Olive Hands: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Monkey Barrel
Aug 1-26, 3.45pm

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