Tina T’urner Tea Lady & Freaks head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name of Edinburgh show: Tina T’urner Tea Lady & Freaks!
Venue: Frankenstein Pub. 26 George IV Bridge
Performance time: 2.30pm
Show length: 1 hour
Ticket price: Pay what you want or £10 in advance to secure a seat.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I started performing in youth theatre in my hometown of Leicester and ending up being signed by a record label in London.

After making a pop album in Norway, I sang in various bands and started getting into the Electroklash music scene.

Watching people merge character, costume and music together really appealed to me.

So I started performing on the cabaret scene and writing comedy characters, which is when I created Tina T’urner Tea Lady.

Tell me about your new show, what it is all about?
Tina T’urner Tea Lady & Freaks is a bizarre and action packed musical comedy character show. Fantasy, obsession and loss come to the fore, in a celebration of showbiz and the surreal.

Tina T’urner Tea Lady will get things off to a steamy start with her famous hot brew.

Audrey Heartburn will be making a return appearance with her melodramatic desire for a real date.

Audrey is followed by Ed Cheerup – my drag king version of Ed Sheeran. Cheerup is a tortured artist and ‘misunderstood genius.’ He is, in his own words, the Shakespeare of pop. Its torture!

And then ill be playing obnoxious self-made billionaire Fanny Legup, who will close the show with a grotesque motivational seminar.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2019?
I put last year’s show Tina T’urner Tea Lady & Friends to bed at the end of 2018, and began new writing for this show soon after. I performed the first preview in January at The Museum of Comedy, where I added the Fanny Legup and Ed Cheerup characters. Ive been working on them and building them into a new show ever since.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
For performers: have fun and take care of yourself number one. I don’t think you should worry if the show isnt how you want it to be when you arrive, performing the same show every day is such a treat and I found mine improved every day. Whatever else you want to get out of The Fringe, you will definitely improve as an artist.

For visitors: See new artists, leave space in your schedule for surprises. Give donations at the end of free shows, and share the love!

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
This year, I was performing at a lovely cabaret show as Tina T’urner Tea Lady. I invited a fabulous man onstage to join me for tea and once the music started he was going for it. Dancing all over the stage. Rather than try and stop him, I sat in the audience until he got it out of his system. He was fab!

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
My comedy and cabaret inspirations are Rick Mayall, Barry from Watford, Caroline Aherne and Andy Kaufman. I love performers with a spirited or punk edge. These performers have a freedom which is a joy to watch, and I find their characterisations mesmerizing.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I drink tea to lubricate my voice. I then jump up and down on the spot until im pumped up and ready to hit the stage.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Top of my list are John Kearns, Tom Taylor, Lucy McCormick and Spencer Jones. I will leave the rest of my time for surprises and new acts I’ve never seen before.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Because its a bizarre and silly celebration. It will transport you to somewhere else where the surreal and showbiz meet and play. You can join in as much or as little as you like: You could have tea with Tina T’urner Tea Lady, a date with Audrey Heartburn, be serenaded to by Ed Cheerup or spank Fanny Legup! Anything is possible with these loveable freaks.

Thanks for having Tea With Wilma
Thank you- It was a cracking brew!

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