Tessa Waters Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

It’s the biggest arts market in the world, you are surrounded by thousands of artists from all around the world all creating work that they feel passionate about, you are performing to audiences you are hungry for the new and the different are seeing shows from 10am to 4am daily, you see your favourite crazy idiot carnie family everyday and dance till your shoes wear out and see sunrise upon stunning sparkly sunrise and to top it all off you are in Edinburgh which I’m 95% sure is actually magical aaaaand they have fried Mars Bars and whiskey. The question should be why wouldn’t you?!?!?

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

Over Promises has been born straight out of the hearts and imaginations of my audiences. I wanted to make a show that was just pure joy and play and started with one idea; an invisible hula hoop routine. The show then evolved over the four month tour in Australia and is now a completely ridiculous, ultimately joyful and slightly confusing hour of pants wetting fun.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

I love those moments that spring up on you by surprise; walking back from a late night gig in 2015 and stumbling across an impromptu bluegrass dance party on the royal mile, or witnessing Rhys Nicholson and Zoe Coombs Marr in their Lip Sync battle last year at the Die Roten Punke show, or finally getting a spot on Late’n’Live and totally ripping the roof off in front of 300 screaming Scots.

When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?

When I had to walk home at 3 in the morning after a gig in just my pants and my jacket because my bestie had been super helpful and taken my bag with my clothes in it home. Tell you what though, wearing only pants is quite the conversation starter, so you know silver linings.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

The front of house and box office crews! These legends work so hard, play so hard and still manage to have a smily on their face every day of the festival, they deal with so much shit coming from all sides. There’s a big carnie family who tour the festival circuit world wide and I count some of the best people I know amongst them.

Three shows you must see this Fringe?

Traveling Sisters at Pleasance, Rowena Hutson ‘Strong Female Character’ and Betty Grumble ‘Sex Clown Saves the World’ at Underbelly. Oh and sorry I know you said only three but if you don’t see Rhys Nicholson, Zoe Coombs Marr or Henry Naylor’s new play you will miss out.

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

Dawn French, Amy Poehler or Emma Thompson, because heroes.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

You will laugh until your face hurts and leave the theatre full of joy and ready to party.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Sit in the window of Auld Jock’s Pie Shoppe on a rainy grey day and Eat a pie and mushy peas while looking up at the Castle and feeling great about your life choices.

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

What!?!? How did I die, I thought this was just a simple questionaire to try and get bums on seats in Edinburgh!! lies lies I tell you! How can I think of dinner guests now that I’m dead, who the fuck is eating dinner in heaven! I’m sure they have a very full dance card at the moment but of course Prince and David Bowie and I’d just sit there and watch them talk, and it would be in no way creepy.

How To Be A Rock, 15:15 Assembly

Over Promises, 20:15 Gilded Balloon, Counting House

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