Ayesha Hazarika is returning back to Edinburgh this year with her second show: Girl On Girl: The Fight For Feminism. Comedian and ex-political adviser, who made her hilarious debut last year with The State Of The Nation, is back with a feminist show tackling issues post #MeToo.
Ayesha spoke with The Fountain about her plans for Fringe and what we can expect from the show.
TF: Your show Girl on Girl certainly sounds intriguing, what’s the premise?
It’s definitely not soft porn. Which I realise may disappoint some punters. Sorry. It’s about how women are often pitted against each other when the media tackle feminism and how there can be more than one type of feminism. It’s not highlander. And men are welcome too.
TF: What drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I’m a big old feminist. I spent many years working on women’s issues and helped write the Equality Act 2010 when I was a Labour party adviser. I’m really interested in how feminism is developing especially post #MeToo and how we can make it more inclusive. It shouldn’t just be for white, middle-class women who likes a march in London.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, have you been before?
I’ve been coming to the Fringe for many years and love it. I will be focussing on trying to put on as good a show as I can and eating as much fried food humanly as possible.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Girl on Girl?
I am doing a run at the Soho theatre in October and taking the show around the country. And hopefully trying to get a holiday in.
Girl on Girl, Gilded Balloon: The Wine Bar (Venue 14), 6:45pm, 2-11 August 2018