Fringe Q&A: Helen Bauer, Little Miss Baby Angel Face

Helen enjoys a drama. She’s her mother’s daughter, taking a small situation, blowing it up, then getting upset that it’s out of her control. Just like all the best reality TV. At the same time, she dreams of being a sweet angel handling any drama with grace. Who doesn’t overthink everything and plan for how she will have all eyes on her at the right moment.

Highly anticipated debut hour from the 2018 BBC New Comedy Award Finalist. As seen and heard on BBC Three, Comedy Central and Radio 4.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

Not at all. 10 years ago, I came up for the first time as crew for Pleasance, since then I have done split hours and compilation shows, I have come up as an audience member! This is my first solo show though. So still a first.

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

‘Little Miss Baby Angel Face’ is an exploration of my love for tragic situations and the relationship with my Mum.

My mum and I are two sides of the same coin. My mum currently has ghosts in her house and thinks in a past life she was on the ‘Titanic’, where I wrote and performed a monologue about being sexually abused and performed it at school (TOTAL LIE and also VERY creepy)! In reality her Mum ran a ‘drama school’ from their house (from when she was small) and clearly the drama continued outside of her work!

Sincerity is what the show tackles and my completely in ability to be sincere when it is most required.

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

Oh, so much, writing, going round ever new material night, previewing all over the place and I still feel like I haven’t done enough. I’m very lucky to be working with director Phoebe Bourke which has been great.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Of course. If I didn’t I would be a fool. I mean, I might slip up and impale myself on the mic stand. YOU NEVER KNOW.

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

Why can’t you all just see us all? I suppose mine will be the show with the most drama and that’s always a good thing. Also, if you are into talking about your relationship with your mother this is the show for you.

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

I’m a massive fan of so many people, off the top of my head, Sunil Patel, Nick Ellery, Chloe Petts and Sam Lake are doing a split hour and always make me laugh. Micky Overman, Heidi Regan, Neil O’Rourke and ANNA MANN. I LOVE ANNA MANN.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

ANNA MANN. Always and forever.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Watch the Princess Diaries because it is the best film ever and maybe watch a show. Julie Andrews will always be my first choice though.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

A big dramatic scene for no good reason.

Helen Bauer’s debut stand up show ‘Little Miss Baby Angel Face’ will be at the Pleasance Courtyard Bunker One at 6pm for the month of August. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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