The mother of all confessional shows from the bestselling author and star of The Fast Show and Two Doors Down, Does My Mum Loom Big In This? is for everyone who’s had a mother or been a mother, featuring hair-raising hilarious true stories from Arabella Weir’s dysfunctional childhood, her perilous career and her life as a single working mother. With Arabella hitting the Fringe this year, she spoke with The Fountain about the premise of her show and her plans whilst in Edinburgh for August.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I’m very excited indeed, more so than I’ve been about anything I’ve done for a long time. Edinburgh is a bit like New York – if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere. Oh God, wish I hadn’t thought of that now, the pressure.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The premise is pretty much in the title – my mum was a huge presence in my life and mainly not a positive one, but her foibles were hugely entertaining…well, with some distance. So, the show is about my mother, specifically, and about mothering in general.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
My parents relaxed, putting it kindly, attitude to parenting has influenced all my comedy, not to say my approach to everything. Other influences have, of course, been my peers and people whose work I admire and strive to be on a level with.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’ve been to the Fringe many times, though this is my first as a performer, since 1977 and 1978 when I came as a student actor. I am keen to see as many young female comics as I can plus the wonderful Kieran Hodgson.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
We hope to be doing another series of the Scottish sitcom Two Doors Down and possibly a live show too and I will be touring my Edinburgh show in Spring of 2020 – Britain here I come!
You can see Does My Mum Look Big in This? At the Assembly George Square Studio 2 from 12th – 25th August at 4pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com