Fringe Q&A: Do Our Best

Self-obsessed Sephie finds herself back in the sanctuary of the Girl Guides following the death of her Mother. In a last ditch effort to fend off eternal unhappiness she attempts achieving her Entertainers badge for the fourth time. A devastating comedy about how to harness your grief, find your pack and never giving up. From 2018’s double Fringe-First winning Francesca Moody Productions.

AAA caught up with Remy Beasley, writer and performer…

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

Actually, this is my second time performing at the festival. I was here in 2016 with the Paines Plough Roundabout season up at Summerhall. I had an amazing time, so I’m hoping for all the good vibes again when I bring my first solo show Do Our Best up this year.

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

The show is called Do Our Best and it’s a monologue following the story of Sephie, who at 30 years old has found herself back at the Girl Guides trying to get her Entertainers badge for the third time. She’s grieving and lonely and self-destructive but is trying to claw herself out of her malaise by throwing herself into Girl Guiding life.

How much work went into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

Yeah, you know. Quite a lot. Writing a play is hard. It’s hard to sit still and finish something.It took me quite a while to get to the end, but I’m so chuffed that I did.

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

Because I really want the audience to have a good time. I want them to be part of it and to feel involved. In fact, I literally need people to help me onstage so please do come otherwise it’ll be really awkward.

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

There’s a few other Welshies heading up that I’d like to catch. Dirty Protest are at Roundabout with their show How To Be Brave and also Ffion Jones has her show The Wrong Ffion Jones on as well. You’ve gotta support the pals.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

I’m obsessed with comedy so I’ll be trying to watch lots of funny women. Alison Thea-Skot is just so unbelievably brilliant. And Rose Matafeo. Also the girls from In Bed With My Brother are back with a new show which I can’t wait to see.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

I have one day off. The pressure might be too much to plan something to do. Ideas on a postcard please. Actually, can I go inside the Castle for a nose about? Maybe I’ll do that.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

An hour of laughs and tears and dances and song.

Underbelly, 2.50pm, until 25 August,

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