Austentatious (Rachel Parris) Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

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 Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

As a performer it’s like doing the Marathon – it’s hugely overwhelming and knackering but you get an amazing sense of achievement and loads of people watching you in a short space of time. Also all your friends are living and working  together in the same place so it’s like party. A high-stakes, loss-making, mentally draining party, but a party nonetheless. As a punter, there’s loads of reasons – innovative  theatre, internationally renowned comedians, completely diverse acts you wouldn’t find anywhere else, plus an electric atmosphere that you can’t escape. Just bring some good walking shoes.

What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?

In Austentatious, we get our inspiration from the audience every show (we get them to write down a made-up book title that we then perform the show about) so we don’t bring it with us!

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Prepare for a name-drop, but Emma Thompson [CLANG] came to see our show last year and bought us a drink afterwards. She is one of our Austen heroes and we all loved her already so that was quite a big day.  

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Briony Redman is a Queen in the world of improv, and she’s bringing her first solo show up to the Fringe this year – I think it’ll be amazing. Also Alison Thea-Skot is doing another year of anarchic character comedy and she’s a must-see.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Well many of us are doing solo shows too so can we plug those please!?

Daniel Roberts: Honey at Pleasance Courtyard, 4.45pm

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans at Pleasance Dome, 6.50pm

Andrew Hunter Murray: Round 1 at Pleasance Courtyard, 4.15pm 

The one person you’d love to see your show and why?

Colin Firth! Mr Darcy! If there’s any justice in the world! (This is Rachel writing, I cannot say whether all members feel this way)

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Because you’ll be seeing something that is created for you while you watch, and then never seen again, so in a very literal sense, you will never see anything else like it! Also, hot costumes.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Go up Arthur’s Seat. The hard way. Take whiskey. Don’t fall off.

Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting? 

I mean, I think we ought to say Jane Austen but to be honest we’d probably prefer Byron, he’d be much better value at a dinner party!

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