Fringe Q&A: Alice Fraser

Alice Fraser has been lying to herself. But aren’t we all? In Mythos, she takes on the stories and lies that we tell ourselves about ourselves and each other. In this clever and very funny show Alice (co-host of The Bugle) asks: Is beauty truth? Is truth beautiful? What are flat earth conspiracists? Does Australia actually exist? What does anything even mean anymore? Let Alice tell you.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

Every time feels like the first time. Also I have been doing it forever.

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

It’s called Mythos, and it’s about stories and lies… or IS IT!?! Yeah it is. It’s about the stories and lies we tell ourselves and each other. Conspiracy theories, jellyfish, sexiness. It all started when I met a man online who didn’t believe Australia was real. Being in Australia at the time, I thought, “how hard can it be to prove you’re real, right?” Actually, quite hard, it turns out.

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

So much work. It feels like I’ve been working on it too much and also terrifyingly not enough. A lot of the work I’m doing looks like staring off into the distance, but is very important artistic process.

Were you nervous ahead of your opening night?

I get nervous in spurts. But also excited. And then confident in waves interspersed with sudden impostor syndrome. And then I think “who am I to have imposter syndrome, only real artists get that”

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Mine’s the best. If you like fast, thoughtful, challenging comedy that is also pretty silly and has a banjo.

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

Laura Davis is brilliant, and my best friend, but she’s so good I’d have to recommend her even if we were enemies. Sarah Keyworth and Catherine Bohart are both hilarious and if you watch both their shows, you get two sides of a relationship told from different points of view. Tiff Stevenson is unapologetically political and also funny.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

As above, so below. Also Daniel Kitson and I will at some point walk into a Free Fringe show at random. If it’s good, it’s good. If it’s bad, that’s also super exciting.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Climb things that look beautiful. I’ll also probably try to go to the beach. I’m Australian so we do stupid things like go to the beach in Scotland. It’s a cultural thing.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Conspiracy Theories, jellyfish anuses, memories, lies, jokes, songs and Nazis.

Alice Fraser’s new stand up show ‘Mythos’ is at the Gilded Balloon Billiard Room at 8:45pm from 31st July – 25th August. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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