It’s that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s. Alison Skillbeck talks about her show The Power Behind The Crone.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
In this serio-comic celebration of Shakespeare’s older women I play Artemis Turret, Professor, let down at her final lecture in a series by her star chum Dame Bunti Smart, so that she, Artemis, (rather a good actress in secret ) has to ‘do’ seven Shakespearean crones, in order, and in between each wax passionate about the characters and the way the words work.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
I had a wonderful time last year at Assembly with a near sell-out run of my second show, Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London; this is my third one-person show, the first, Are There More Of You? also had 5 stars in 2008 and 2011; finally it’s 50 years since I was first on the Fringe as the only girl in the Oxford Revue.
Any advice for anyone on the Fringe for the first time?
It’s never as bad, or as good as you think (see Kipling). Don’t compare audiences – the quiet ones may be loving it. Try to get some sleep some time. Be polite, be kind, to yourself too. Get a properly rain-proof mac, and an umbrella that won’t blow inside out. Take deep breaths. Sit down to eat.
What makes your show stand out from the others on offer?
I don’t know enough about them all to say…but, I am an older woman all alone on stage, and having fun sharing her delight in Shakespeare.
What show do you not want to miss?
Alan Ayckbourn’s The Divide at King’s.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: The Power Behind The Crone
Venue: Assembly George Square Studio 4
Dates: 3 to 28 August 2017