Home / Edinburgh Festival Fringe / FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS WITH…Joel Samuels from Divas


In one sentence tell us about your show.

A love story between a pathological liar and a narcissist, told forwards and backwards at the same time, accompanied by a live accapella trio singing new arrangements of classic songs from the 60s and 70s.

What made you decide to bring a show this year?

I started writing the show last year at the Fringe during the run of our (Fine Mess Theatre’s) show God’s Own Country. So actually it’s been a year of developing this show specifically to premiere it at the overcrowded, insane, crazy Edinburgh Fringe. Plus Divas won the Les Enfants Terribles Award back in April when we showed the first ten minutes of the show at the Greenwich Theatre. It got us some funding and a slot at the Pleasance for the Fringe: and of course mean’t we definitely had to come!

Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?

For companies doing the whole run: find a quiet place away from the crowds and madness (but also not in your flat) that you can always retreat to if you need to get away for a bit. We’ve got one, it’s a hidden corner of Summerhall, but I’m not about to tell you exactly where…

If you are just coming up to see shows: at least once, go to a venue on your own, ask what the next thing to start is and, as long as it is under a tenner, go and see it. You might just see the most amazing/worst thing you have ever seen. Either way you have a story.

What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer?

Divas is a gay love story that is a cross between The Last Five Years, Gone Girl and Sliding Doors.

And if that isn’t enough people will literally never have heard the extremely familiar songs in the show sung the way they are sung.

What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?

So many. 64 Squares, Goodstock, I Am Beast and Institute all standout. Although David O’Doherty has my fave title (We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at David O’Doherty). Plus the two shows I’ve pre-booked which are Daniel Kitson in Polyphony and The Wrestling.

Also Fine Mess have another show, Islands, which is at Underbelly at 12.10pm and we are massively excited for that and all!

Finally, the essential bit…

Name of the show: Divas

Venue: 10Dome, Pleasance Dome

Dates: 5th – 31st August (not 17th) 2015

Time: 14:40


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