Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest for Love comes to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name: Emma Dean
Name of Edinburgh show: Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest For Love
Venue: Greenside Venues – Forest Theatre
Performance time: 7:35pm from 3-25 August.
Show length: 60 mins
Ticket price: 10 pounds / 8 pounds

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I am an imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being/unicorn who loves to write and perform theatrical pop songs about love and the human spirit. I have performed in North America, Germany, Costa Rica and all over Australia. This is my first time performing in Edinburgh and I cannot wait! As well as writing and performing my own cabaret shows, I’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with artists like Macy Gray, Placebo, The Amanda Palmer, The Dresden Dolls, and Jinkx Monsoon. Earlier this year I was thrilled to be a featured vocalist in the opening ceremony of The Commonwealth Games. A large part of my work is also dedicated to nurturing and strengthening communities using the power of music and group singing, so when I am not on stage you can find me conducting my colourful community choir, Cheep Trill!

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest for Love is my new cabaret about heartbreak, healing, and unleashing your inner unicorn. The show is a mixed tape of songs about heartbreak that have nursed me through my most broken, romantic times. Featuring my ‘Broken Romantics’ four-piece band and astonishing physical theatre performer Jamie Kendall, we hope to enchant you with a delicious and decadent musical feast of originals and wicked covers. There are moments for belly laughs and moments for tears, so prepare yourself for a night of madness and mischief as we revel in the messiness of what it means to be human.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
The concept of the show came to me when I was sitting on a balcony in Tokyo in February 2017, pondering the art of Kintsugi. I was thinking how beautiful it is to repair something broken using lacquer mixed with gold and silver to highlight the unique cracks instead of hide them. I wanted to write a show that bared all my own cracks, scars and heartbreak and turned them into something beautiful. So, Broken Romantics was born. These are strange paradoxical times where we are technically more connected than ever, but so many of us still feel very much alone. Due to the social media phenomenon, we are constantly comparing ourselves to others. This show is about finding human connection through our imperfections, finding the strength to step into your light and be exactly who you are, and discovering that you indeed…a f*%king unicorn.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
I’ve not been before so I am on the lookout for hot tips myself!

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Too many to mention. Some things are far too embarrassing to write here, but one experience that springs to mind is when my costume fell off seconds before the curtain opened in front of an audience of 7000…

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
The creative women who bravely and boldly paved the way before me. Forever grateful.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Apart from vocal warm ups and the application of copious amounts of glitter, my band form a circle and say a little prayer to the unicorn goddess.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
I have always wanted to see fellow Aussie, Anya Anastasia. I’m looking forward to her show, The Executioners.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Pick our show if you want a night of original theatrical pop music, a killer band, heartfelt story-telling, soaring vocals, comedy, dance, wild fetishes and one gorgeous scantily clad man. Arrive as a human; leave as a unicorn.


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