Backed by a live jazz trio, Melinda’s show is a sophisticated romp through social and political satire, packed with provocative original songs on internet trolling, cougars, hipsters, sex-pest cowboys as well as an appearance by Melania Trump. Performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year in the Assembly Rooms, Melinda spoke with The Fountain about her influences as well as her plans whilst in Edinburgh.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I’m taking my new show Off The Scale which is a one hour show packed with satirical songs. I’m still in the middle of writing it so it’s exciting to see how it will take shape and it’s always fun (not to mention nerve-wracking) to see an audience’s reaction to new material
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Off The Scale is a fun-packed musical romp through social and political satire. I will sing original songs about internet trolling, selfies, cougars, hipsters, sex-pest cowboys, as well as Melania Trump’s Diary entries, which has become a hit feature of my shows in London.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
My background is opera and from that grew a fascination with Weimar Cabaret (the origin of cabaret as we know it today) It was also the last bastion of political criticism in Fascist Germany. I relish the challenge of writing songs which are not only musical and upbeat, but which will make people think and most of all, laugh.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
As soon as I am settled in, I plan to see as many shows as I can, no matter what genre. I would say see as many shows as possible, try to do some networking but most of all, keep healthy and get enough sleep.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
I will be working on my show MARGO half woman half beast set in Weimar Germany. I took this show to the Fringe last year. It received wonderful reviews and I hope to develop it further and take it to New York.
You can see Off The Scale at Assembly Rooms Drawing Rooms from 1st – 25th August (not 12th or 19th) at 4:50pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com