Next up, Naomi Sheldon talks about her show Good Girls in our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Good Girl is a frank and funny debut coming-of-age storytelling show which gives a bold look at the darker side of being a good girl and what it means to cut your feelings off to fit in.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
This year I felt passionately about getting my voice out there and telling a story that connects with people. With you-know-who heading the most powerful country in the world and an internet culture of shouting down women, it feels more important than ever for female voices to have the space to make their perspective heard. Good Girl looks at what can happen when women self-silence to fit in with what is expected of them. When a powerful woman is a ‘nasty woman’, It’s vital to have an antidote of frank female voices speaking openly.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
The advice I’ve heard most often and shall be following is to look after yourself. I’ll be doing this by hanging out with other supportive, brilliant performers and by eating lots of greens.
What makes your show stand out from all the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
A female comic storyteller show with a soundtrack of Michael Jackson, Madonna and ABBA? It’s pretty unique. It fulfils all your reminiscent 90s needs whilst getting deep and being funny. The full package. Plus, it’s something that resonates with both men and women- the feeling that they can’t or aren’t allowed to express themselves. What do we do with that?
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
There are a few big ones I shan’t be missing… I can’t wait to see Jayde Adams’ new show Jayded. I’m looking forward to catching Prom Kween again. There’s also Martin Murphy’s Victim and Lucy Pearman’s Maid of Cabbage.
Finally, the boring but essential bit:
Name of the show: Good Girl
Venue: Just the Tonic at The Mash House
Dates: 3 August -27 August 20217 (not 14)