With Child is a solo show – six different women, one thing in common. Inspired by society’s expectations and the pressures on women to be maternal, kind, considerate individuals. There is one thing these women share, they are all pregnant, however they rarely refer to this – but do we as an audience judge them differently because of their impending motherhood? Performer, Claire Pointing, spoke with The Fountain about this Fringe show in more depth.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I am so excited, this will be my 9th fringe but will be so different as I had a baby in September 2018 and will be bringing her along for her first Edinburgh Festival, it will be such a new experience.
TF: With Child certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
In this show you will meet six women with one thing in common, they are all pregnant. However only one of them refers to this fact.
With Child is a series of talking head style monologues, six different women all offering a glimpse into their everyday lives warts and all. Inspired by the work of writers such as Victoria Wood and Alan Bennett, this show will make you laugh, cringe and cry.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
When I first started writing this show pregnancy was on my mind, lots of friends were having children and I really wanted to have a baby myself. Then it got me thinking about my career, what would happen if I was lucky enough to become pregnant myself. It struck me that we never really see pregnant actresses on screen or stage unless the scene is focused on this fact and I thought, what about a show where everyone is pregnant but they’re not talking about it, does it still work or does it change how the audience feel about them as people? Along the writing journey I became pregnant and performed a few work in progress versions throughout the pregnancy up until I was 8 months, my own experience has really informed the show and continues to do so.
I want to show these characters simply as they are…because women do not necessarily transform when they become mothers, at least not in my experience. They are still who they are, women, not saints, just people capable of all the usual human emotions. We might like them, we might not!
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers? Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
This will be my 9th Fringe I have mainly attended as a performer but also on a couple of occasions as a director. My plans for the fringe are to try to take each day as it comes and enjoy the luxury of getting to perform a show I love each day.
My tips would be to take one eve off during the month to go back to your accommodation, eat your favourite snacks in front of a tv show you love and have an early night.
Next tip… It’s all very well saying this next one but… if you get a review you don’t like remember that this is just one persons opinion, one persons taste it doesn’t mean the world even though it can feel that way in the moment.
At some point take a day or a few hours to head a little outside the city centre away from the hustle and bustle, I like going to Leith, maybe have a drink at The Shore pub and remind yourself that whilst the Edinburgh bubble can feel like everything the rest of the world is still spinning, take a breath and go back in for all the amazing things on offer.
Finally, while you’re out selling your show and pitching the necessities have a chat with people about other stuff (if they want to chat too), you can make friends for life at this amazing festival.
Go see Who is Daniel King on at Assembly 18.55.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond With Child?
I’m always keen to start writing new things so I expect after a little break i’ll be feeling inspired to write something new. I’d love to perform With Child some more.
Also my brother and I are looking forward to getting on with a sitcom pitch we’ve been thinking about for a long time.
You can see With Child at the Pleasance Courtyard until 25th August at 15:30. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/