Emma Wingrove talks about standing up to the bullies in MENGLE at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name: Emma Wingrove
Name of Edinburgh show: Mengele
Venue: Assembly Rooms
Performance time: 12.20
Show length: 1 hour
Ticket price: £7

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I always loved acting. My first job was playing Perdita in The Winters Tale when I was 16, and I was well and truly hooked after that! I particularly love theatre.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
The show is set in 1979 on a beach in Brazil, when a drowning man meets a mysterious woman who cajoles, questions and flatters him into defending the indefensible. The man in question being the infamous Dr Mengele.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
I’ve been part of this show from January 2018. I think it’s very relevant (sadly) to 2018 as it is a warning from the past about what happens when the world buys into hatred and bigotry.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
My advice for surviving the Fringe – pace yourself, and have fun. Eat well, sleep well and soak it all in!

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
There are so many things to choose from…! Someone once trod on the back of a long skirt I was in that was only held up by Velcro. Needless to say, the Velcro didn’t stay together, and I was left standing there in my pants!

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
There are so many people in the industry I admire. I find Harriet Walters incredibly inspiring – she’s an amazing actress and I love her books.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Yes 🙂 I’m not superstitious about them, but there are definitely things I like to have happened before I go on stage!

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
I’m intrigued to see ‘Six’ the musical about the wives of Henry 8th, the Pretend Men with Police Cops In Space, and pretty much everything really!

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
The play is very powerful. It will leave you wanting to actively tackle prejudice and discrimination, and stand up to the bullies of this world.


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