Liz McMullen is Stupid Cupid and has brought her internationally performed one woman show to the Edinburgh Festival. Wherever more love is needed, you’ll find her!
Liz spoke with The Fountain about what inspired Stupid Cupid and her plans for whilst she is in Edinburgh.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes! It’s my first time, nothing like diving in the deep end with a one woman show for the full run of the festival! However, Stupid Cupid has already been to the Vancouver Fringe, Brighton Fringe and a short run in London, so I feel it’s ready for the audiences of Edinburgh! I can’t wait to be apart of all the excitement that is the Edinburgh Fringe. Going #intotheunknown as they say!
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Stupid Cupid is a one-woman show all about Love. Cupid has been rigorously training in matters of the heart and she’s finally ready to get her wings! But in the middle of her big exam, she accidentally shoots herself with one of her own arrows, making her fall in love with everyone in the audience. And after the first arrow leaves its mark, Stupid Cupid craves everything from the erotic to exotic — leading her down a path of passionate adventures and new insights on modern love. But with so much l’amour to explore, will Stupid Cupid get her wings before exam time is up?
TF: What drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Three years ago, I was in a place in my life where I was reflecting on love. It was then that the character Stupid Cupid came to me. She’s a funny character, of course because I think it’s important to not take yourself too seriously, and the answers always seem to be in kindness, graciousness and humour: thus Stupid Cupid was born!
I wanted to explore Love. And Sex. What relationship did they have to one another? What does women’s sexuality mean these days and what happens when it appears on stage in front of an audience. There is no place more vulnerable then standing alone on stage. I was excited to explore Love in all its glory. I had so many ideas, for different types of love, aspects of love that I wanted to explore in my play! Plus I just wanted to get back on stage and to be doing what I love most, what I was trained to do; to tell stories and connect with people.
I teamed up with two of my good friends, who are writers and also happen to be married Kerianne Cameron and Miguel Eichelberger (they know all about love) to help me create it. It was incredible because we were really able to workshop ideas, brainstorm and collaborate on a play in a way that I have never done before. Plus Cupids are a HUGE topic! It helped to bounce ideas around and figure out our Cupid’s journey together.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I have been to the festival before only as an audience member. One of the great things about being at the fringe for the full run of the festival this year, is getting to see so many shows! I have many friends in plays (A Modern Guide to Heroism and Sidekickery) , there are improv troops that I have always wanted to see (Austentatious) , plus word of mouth is always a good way to discover great shows.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond your show?
After the festival I hope that Stupid Cupid will play elsewhere in the UK and other fringe festivals across the globe! Stupid Cupid needs to continue spreading the love.
Photo courtesy of Tom Webb.
Stupid Cupid, Underbelly Med Quad – Clover, August 1st – 27th (Not 13th), 12:10pm