International cabaret star Elsie Diamond is back and ready to let you know even more truths about the so-called glamorous world of burlesque. With her new show, The Sensible Undresser hitting Fringe this week, The Fountain caught up with cabaret artist, Elsie Diamond, about Fringe and her plans for August.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes, I’m very excited, I didn’t perform there last year as I have been living in Brazil but I can’t wait to be back amongst the madness!
TF: The Sensible Undresser certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The show looks at what it is really like to be a professional burlesque performer. Although it still has the glamour and humour you would expect from a burlesque show it also looks at the hard work, insecurities and dirty toilets as changing rooms a lot of performers face. It’s told through song, multiple costume changes, audience interaction and of course striptease.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
The show was created when I started to question if I was still as excited by burlesque as I was eight years ago when I started. Through writing the show I realised there were still avenues for me to explore with burlesque, building on the acting, narrative and comedy aspects of it. I’m influenced by all my amazing, hilarious burlesque peers that I get to work with and the strange situations we find ourselves in. I’m also influenced by musicals, operas and believe it or not 90’s indie. Look out for a Britpop banger in the show!
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
I am planning to drink Expresso Martini’s at the Voodoo Rooms, eat at The Mussel Inn at least once a week and to try and sneak my dog into as many shows as possible. I recommend seeing The Creative Martyrs, Camille O’Sullivan, Amber Topaz and Tina Turner T Lady’s. Mixed bill cabarets are always fun; Magic Faraway Cabaret, The Lock in Cabaret, Mat Ricardo’s varieties, Burlesque at Le Monde and The Kaye Hole will all be amazing.
To first time performers I would say be careful not to party too much in the first week else you may end up with the infamous fringe flu; Wait until the second week when you have built up your stamina. Don’t let the audience member that looks like they hate you knock your confidence. They are usually are the ones enjoying it the most. Do not eat samosa’s from a newsagent at 3am, that will always end badly.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Sensible Undresser?
Continue to perform burlesque and compere in the UK and internationally. I would also love one day expand some of my writing into a play or sitcom, doing a one-woman show is very rewarding but it would be amazing to collaborate with some other performers and directors.
You can see The Sensible Undresser at Voodoo Rooms: PBHs Free Fringe from 3rd – 25th August at 12:35. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com