Marny Godden Q&A

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

It’s a rollercoaster of a time spent with very talented, crazy people. How can you not want to go on that ride? Best take it with a pinch of salt though…

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

Hmm… Again, my family are always a source of inspiration for me. I play a character called Baby Faced Bastard this year, the nickname given to my grandfather when he patrolled the street as a copper. Now that’s going to be interesting attempting to channel him. Plus I’m playing a dog. Who thinks it’s a cat. Based on a friend who I shall never name. So nuggets come from friends and family with some magic mixed in.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Being dragged off stage by a friend, dressed as my Dutch grammar wearing clogs and saying ‘I’ll be back’ to which an audience member replied – ‘Don’t bother love!’ That made me laugh.

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

When a man was walking out of my show in the last ten minutes, I followed him to the threshold of the door and said, go on then go! (In a friendly manner, dressed as a fat bald man named Wilmot Brown) and he lent in, locking eyes with mine and said ‘You’re shit, you’re so bad’ wearing a massive smile on his face. I thought he was going to apologies for walking out! That was terrifying but only toughens you up. If he’s reading this – See you at 3pm The Hive for my latest show ‘Where’s John’s Porridge bowl?’

 Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Mom Cat, Mo Moses, Baby Faced Bastard, Little Wula and Wilmot Brown (characters from my show) haha

Three shows you must see this Fringe?

Joz Noris, Hello/Goodbye, Lucy Pearman, Crack in progress, Adam Larter, Return on investment

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

Vic and Bob perhaps? Because maybe they’d give me a job? And anyone who is a fan of Vic and Bob because they may like what I do.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Because it’s going to be electric at best and at worst a bit of silly fun that may inspire you to take life less seriously and remember what it’s all about, nothing really. So let’s laugh and let’s dance!

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?

This year I’m going to the beach with Lucy Pearman and I’m looking forward to getting the fresh sea air and blue toes! I recommend you try to get in nature at least twice during the fringe, it’ll make you feel refreshed and lift your spirits.

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

Cool! Love this kind of question. Err…Err… My dads parents, who I never met. My Dutch grammar, Mum, Dad, Ezra – my brother and Tom Turner. That should be interesting…More material for my next show (If I do another one).

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