In this historical feminist coming-of-age musical comedy show, Harriet Baine brings forth a team of rebellious women from the history of science to help her wage battle against ignorance, patriarchy and her inner demons. She also looks back over her career as a performer, from school plays to now, presenting her achievements alongside those of renowned inventors, healers and technological pioneers. Bold move, idiot.
AAA caught up with Harriet for a chat…
Is this your first time at the Fringe?
This will be my third solo Fringe show in three years, and before that I was doing other Fringey things (comedy competitions, working in press offices, bars, flyering and myriad other servile duties) nearly every year since 2011.
Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?
My show this year is a musical comedy show about really cool female scientists from history, like the first woman in space and the actress who invented Wifi. Much like Jesus Christ Superstar, I resurrect the dead and bang out some incredible tenor solos. Just kidding, I’m a soprano.
How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?
I was trying to work out how many hours I’d put into writing it, and realised whilst doing so that I wrote a good chunk of this show on Christmas Eve. How sad is that. Then you’ve got hours and hours of previewing, testing and re-writing, etc. All that on top of a full time job which I insist on keeping so I can afford to go to Edinburgh in the first place, and it’s quite a lot of work.
There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?
Whispers: it’s pay what you want, so you don’t even have to fork out if you don’t want to.
Shouts: YOU KNOW HAMILTON? MY SHOW IS PRETTY MUCH HAMILTON BUT ABOUT DEAD WOMEN INSTEAD.
Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?
Helen Bauer is a hoot, can’t wait to see her first hour, and I’d recommend Mustard Doesn’t Go With Girls by Bric a Brac Theatre, Esther Manito’s Crusade, Sikisa’s I’m a 7, I’m really looking forward to Eshaan Akbar’s Infidel-ity too, ermmmm (I’m trying not to repeat recommendations I’ve made elsewhere, as I’ve got loads), oh and have you SEEN Alasdair Beckett-King’s animated trailer for The Interdimensional ABK? If the show is anywhere near good as the trailer, it’s going to be incredible.
What’s on your hit-list to see?
What are you planning to do on your days off?
I’ve already bought tickets to shows on my day off, including Bec Hill’s I’ll be Bec. I might go on my annual Portobello Beach trip as well if the weather’s nice.
Sell your show in no more than ten words….
Historical feminist coming-of-age musical phenomenon with cat pics
Harriet Braine: Les Admirables, Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market, 18:00, Aug 7-11, 13-25, www.edfringe.com