Leaping barriers of age, sexuality and gender, Gloria prepares to dance the can-can one last time. When I Fall If I Fall tells Gloria’s story about growing up feeling different and not fitting in… With this new work, Claire Dowie continues her ground-breaking subversion of gender expectations and stereotypes. Claire and Producer/Director Colin Watkeys spoke with The Fountain about their plans for August.

TF: When I Fall…If I Fall certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise? 

CD: Looking at the ageing life, physically, mentally and spiritually. Is it all bad?

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie? 

CD: Getting old, body no longer moving, memory failing…..

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers? And what are your future plans beyond When I Fall…If I Fall? No matter how man…

CD: Around half way through the month overwhelming misery descends throughout the fringe and lasts for about a day, so listen out for sounds of soft crying in toilet cubicles.  And if it’s your own cubicle, cry quieter.

CW: No matter how many times you have been to the fringe you should never take audiences for granted and appreciate whoever comes to see you. I can remember the days when comedy shows were a small part of the theatre listings. I will be looking out for interesting new theatre, much of which seems to be at Summerhall and also taking risks and searching for something different.

When I Fall If I Fall was originally commissioned by the Kilowatt Festival in Sansepolcro Italy and was invited back to play Bologna and Mantua. We will return to Italy to play Milan after Edinburgh and hope to tour the show as widely as possible.

Claire Dowie wrote the musical Queen Lear for Nina’s Drag Queens in Milan and we want to bring that production to the UK.

Claire Dowie’s show When I Fall If I Fall will be at Summerhall from 31st July – 25th August (Not 12th) at 16:00. For tickets, go to www.edfringe.com