Camille O’Sullivan: My Edinburgh
5th Jul 2016
We grabbed a moment with the ever brilliant Camille O'Sullivan, Queen of the Fringe, who gave us all of her most magical advice, gleaned from 12 years of Fringe magnificence. See her show, Camille O'Sullivan: The Carny Dream in Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows from 4 - 22 August. Click here for booking details.
Have you performed at the Fringe before?
Eeek! I've been performing at the Fringe since 2004. It's my 12th year now doing my own shows and as original cast member of La Clique/La Soiree.
Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?
The magical carousel situated below the beautiful Edinburgh Castle above on the rocky sheer face or a walk on Arthurs seat.
What will you be packing in your suitcase for the Fringe?
Jaysus, as always the kitchen sink... A rabbit (light), animal masks I’m making. Tom waits in a suitcase, mirror ball hat, dresses that light up, make up, bird cage, musicians, instruments, therapy books on how to survive Edinburgh, sparkly boots… basically don’t have space for daywear will be wearing costumes 24/7!
Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?
Ahh the lovely wee Bobby and it’s statue that has become a wee Edinburgh selfie icon, he was a skye terrier who guarded his owners grave for 14 years till he passed away.
What’s the best show you’ve ever seen at the Fringe?
There’s been a few, I loved 1927’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Fuezabruta
What’s the best piece of advice you’d give (or have been given) about the Fringe?
Pace yourself, usually don’t go out on blinders till the last week, i.e. take care of voice, body and mind, get sleep! Be kind to yourself, pressure of reviews and constant gigging can take it’s toll, and go meet people see shows, get promoters to see your show.
To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?
Ceilidh all the way!
What can audiences expect from your show?
Performed in the magical Spiegeltent of mirrors - Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Radiohead, Bowie and Arcade Fire creating a theatrical show and magical vignettes, the show has been described as an emotional roller coaster: madness, darkness, light, fun… have a wine and enjoy the sporadic meowing, donkey mask and talking suitcase!
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