Fringe Q&A: Bethany Heath, Definitely Louise

From the comfort of her flat, an excitable, precocious, irrepressible woman with a dirty mouth and a lot to say discusses life, her many opinions and her best friend, all the while avoiding the advances of her over-eager neighbour. At times both funny and moving, this one-woman show explores themes of confidence and insecurities, friendship and loss, and finding your way in the modern world.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

My first time performing but not my first time coming. I’ve been doing PR for other shows here for the best part of a decade.

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

It’s an (almost) one woman show called Definitely Louise. It follows a ranty woman as she eviscerates all the things in the world that annoy her and she thinks are stupid. She goes after reality TV, ghosting, audition etiquette, everything she can think of. She also touches on mental health and other issues as she strives to be special and unique in a world full of seemingly special and unique people.

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

I first previewed the show in July 2018 back in Somerset where I’m from and wrote it six months prior to that so it’s been a while coming. The actual prep for the Fringe itself has been a lot of work, I’ve never had to take care of all the producing side of things and turns out, it’s a lot.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

I am nervous but also excited. I did a short run at Brighton Fringe and it went really well so I’m just excited to bring it up here now and see how it all goes.

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

Because I think it really reflects a growing sensation in our society where people (particularly young people) feel like they have to be exceptional just to fit in. It’s a lot of pressure on an idea that isn’t a tangible thing so it inevitably leads to insecurity and confusion and I think that’s what a lot of people have to deal with now. Also it’s funny and she’ll probably say all the mean things you think but won’t say aloud.

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

So many! I’m really excited to see Glenn Moore’s new show as he was nominated last year and Helen Bauer has her debut which should be brilliant. My friend Lucie Pohl is back again from NYC and Tom Houghton, Milo McCabe, just loads of them!

What’s on your hit-list to see?

I really want to see Michael Odewale’s debut, I think that’s going to be great and I’m very excited to see Dan Soder as well.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

I don’t think I’ll have any days off but any spare moment is usually spent seeing as many shows as possible or honestly huddled in a corner drinking gin

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Funny shouty whack of energy everyone needs on rainy days

Definitely Louise will be at the Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre Attic at 3:15pm daily for the month of August. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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