Name: Becky Williams
Name of Edinburgh show: Grace Notes
Venue: The Space on the mile (V39)
Performance time: 15.05
Show length: 50 minutes
Ticket price: £10 (£8)
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I just finished drama school last year and have been developing the show for some time. Whilst I was training I appeared as Mercutio and was always creating little projects. Grace is the by far the most challenging role I’ve taken on so far.
Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
Grace Notes is about a talented musician who has recently been released from prison. She is a young woman who found herself in London and in an abusive relationship and sadly ended in prison. It is a show about choice and second chances, as well as the overriding power of music.
How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
I had the idea a while ago but the whole thing really only came together this year. The experience for ex-prisoners remains a real challenge. There’s lots of charities out there working tirelessly to make the transition into life a lot easier. I hope audiences will see a rather different character in Grace and empathise with her story.
Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Sleep, hydrate and be a friendly face to support everyone else up there! I will also pledge to enjoy every single minute of every single performance and try and be in the moment as much as possible. Caffeine probably also helps!
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I remember when I was doing amateur Shakespeare a few years ago I tripped over my skirt, slid on the stage and later totally lost my way! Everything was alright but falling flat on my bum in front of 500 odd people wasn’t much fun.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Ah so many! Lucy Prebble and Isley Lynn spring to mind. I’m inspired by artists making powerful socially-engaging work. I also admire women who create or perform complex, interesting female characters. Last year I was lucky enough to participate in a workshop on Berkoff and was directed by Linda Marlowe as part of Masterclass at The Theatre Royal Haymarket. Apart from her track record of performing in the originals she recently presented his female characters as a powerful one-woman show.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Not really. I get terrified just before going on stage but try to channel it into the character and performance.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
I’m a big fan of music and I notice there’s lots of shows based on the lives of musicians – I’m ridiculously excited about seeing Elsa Jean McTaggart play and in her new show Eva Cassidy: The Story. I saw her a couple of years ago and she moved me to tears. I’ll try and support all shows at The Space, especially fellow solo-show artists!
Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Obviously, there is such a range and depth at the fringe and everyone’s in the same boat! I think Grace Notes is ultimately an uplifting story telling a story about someone marginalised by society but with that desperate hope for a second chance. I hope people will connect with Grace’s character and journey; you’ll laugh and cry!