Who? Helen Wood
What? The National Trust Fan Club
Where? Gilded Balloon at the Museum – Auditorium (Venue 64)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
I’m excited to be in the Edinburgh bubble for four weeks away from the realities of real life – a non-stop round of performing shows, seeing shows and socialising – but also knowing I really have to pace myself to last the course.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
It’s my year-long attempt to go to loads of National Trust sites and properties, avoiding eye contact with the room volunteers, coping with the winter opening hours and eating lots of scones!
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
There was more than one obstacle. Would I manage to get to the number of properties I’d set myself before my year long membership ran out? Would the dog have to stay in the back of the car at each National Trust site visited? Should I put jam on first or cream on first?
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
I’ve been coming to the Fringe for several years both as a punter and a performer and I’m delighted that the average age of the audiences has increased. There is now a huge number of Fringe visitors over 50 and many are looking for shows that they can relate too. I’m hoping that my show fits the bill.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
I love improv shows and always enjoy the Maydays: Happily Never After and although Honest Amy has a tough subject matter it is delivered by a highly engaging, enthusiastic and funny performer.
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
Back in Edinburgh please – it’s crazy but addictive and I’d like to be selling out a 200 seater every night.