Who? Jay Bennett
What? An Audience With Yasmine Day
Where? Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker Two (Venue)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
A mixed bag of feelings! You never really know what to expect and it’s always a risk taking a show up to the Fringe. Both artistically and financially!
I’m currently having loads of fun performing the show and so I’m pretty excited to debut it to Edinburgh audiences. I’m hoping they’ll get as much enjoyment from it as I do.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
It’s a character comedy show about a washed up 80’s power ballad singer called Yasmine Day who attempts to put on a concert extravaganza! It borders on cabaret and it’s a really silly late night show.
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
This is the first solo show I’ve done and so working alone is always scary. I think when you’re writing with other people you have a sounding board and people to share ideas with. So working on your own sometimes feels harder!
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
I think it’s learning to not expect much, or think you’re going to get huge amounts out of it career wise. I think it’s healthier knowing that you’re going to spend the month getting really good at something. I think the fringe definitely helps you to become a better performer and so really making the most of doing that is the best thing you can get out of it.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
There are loads of really great shows this year and a lot of fantastic debut solo shows. Sadie Clark is doing her play Algorithms at the Pleasance,
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
I’m having loads of fun with this show and would love to keep doing more things with the character I’ve created. Hopefully she’ll pop up at the fringe next year.