TPR had a chance to chat to Anna Emerson about her new Fringe show An Evening With Patti Dupont.
Is this your first visit to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
This will be my eighth year at the Fringe so I know what to expect: rain, debt and a constant sense of nagging worry. (And obviously, joy, excitement and creative fulfilment.)
What has been your experience of the Fringe in the past?
In 2006, me and Lizzie Bates took our first show to the Fringe, bafflingly entitled Dogs in the Sink. We performed it daily, for free, in an odorous basement in Leith, in a room that felt like a cross between a working men’s club and a cupboard. Whatever happens this year, at least I can say I won’t spend any of it performing a monologue to three drunk old men while dressed as a pineapple.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
Before writing An Evening With Patti DuPont I’d been doing sketch comedy as part of The Boom Jennies for six years, so it’s been exciting to develop more of a narrative show and have the freedom to make all my own creative decisions. For better or worse, it’s turned out very differently from anything the three of us would have written together, and that’s both exciting and terrifying.
Can you tell us more about your show?
The premise of the show is that 84-year-old Hollywood legend Patti DuPont (149 films, nine husbands, five facelifts) has booked a space at Edinburgh Fringe to present an intimate hour of chat, music and candid tales from 65 years in show business.
On the night, however, Patti’s awkward, inept daughter Linda arrives to explain that Patti’s been taken ill and she’s been sent to perform the show instead. The ensuing hour is what happens when you put the reputation of an icon in the hands of an idiot. It’s silly, funny and a bit dark.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Fringe offerings?
Probably the extended vomiting scene.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s festival?
Nick Mohammed’s Mr Swallow – The Musical. Nick’s shows are always an hour of pure joy.
What one piece of advice would you give to Fringe newcomers?
Have a night in and call your mum.
See An Evening With Patti DuPont at St. John’s Venue 202@20:45 until 24th Aug