Maggie Thatcher has been extremely busy since she first graced the stages of Edinburgh in 2014. MoodyComedy interviewed her last summer about her latest Edinburgh run, and now she returns to tell us all about Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, which she will be performing at Vault Festival throughout February.
Hi Maggie, what’s changed since we last talked?
Oh lots dear, not least James Franco’s chances of being nominated for an Oscar. When we last spoke there was a racist lunatic in the White House, the British Government was in disarray, the NHS was in crisis, climate change was ongoing and inequality was worse than ever… Sorry, were we talking about what had changed?
Are you looking forward to performing at Vault Festival from 14th-25th February?
Oh absolutely. Given that the threat of nuclear war is worse than at any time since the 1980s it makes sense to perform the show in what is essentially a fallout bunker. Joking aside, I love Vault Festival. It’s a chance to see exciting new work, meet talented young artists, and experience the atmosphere of the Edinburgh Fringe without having to shell out a million pounds for a flat.
How did your audiences during your Edinburgh Festival run tend to respond to you and your show?
What’s a humble way of saying ‘universal adoration’?
How has your act evolved over the years?
Oh, it’s evolved a great deal. Back in 2013 I used to wear a blue skirt suit with a red pussy blouse, whereas now 2018 I have radically changed my look and now wear a blue skirt suit with a white pussy bow blouse. It’s night and day.
For you, what is the biggest joy about performing in front of a crowd?
It’s like being back in the house of commons, only the people in front of me aren’t Labour politicians and my backing dancers are slightly less likely to stab me in the back than Tory politicians.
And what is your least favourite aspect?
When other characters have lines. I mean seriously, it’s my name on the poster, why do other people have to speak?
What, or who, are the biggest factors of your success?
What’s next for Maggie Thatcher?
Watch this space, dear – we’ve got some exciting news to announce very soon!