Alice Fraser has been lying to herself. But aren’t we all? In Mythos, she takes on the stories and lies that we tell ourselves about ourselves and each other. In this clever and very funny show Alice (co-host of The Bugle) asks: Is beauty truth? Is truth beautiful? What are flat earth conspiracists? Does Australia actually exist? What does anything even mean anymore? She spoke with The Fountain in more depth about this Fringe show as well as offering tips for first-timers.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Exciting, terrifying, same thing right?
TF: Mythos certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The premise of Mythos is the stories and lies we tell ourselves and each other. It started with a man online who was trying to tell me that the Earth was flat, and that Australia wasn’t real, and it ends with me talking about my holocaust surviving grandpa.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
All my projects are driven by deadlines and a heady combination of fear and delight. I was also driven by an urge to pick apart all the things I’m smug or certain about because what’s “sleeping sound at night” compared with “making interesting comedy”.
My influences are everything from other comedians to World’s Strongest Man competitors to Batman.
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 love Edinburgh. My tips for first time performers would be to see as much other stuff at the fringe as you can. It’s fascinating and inspiring and delightful to see what other people are doing, and a 10am experimental theatre piece will stick with you longer than a night of drinking til 4am. Watch great stuff, seek out hilarious disasters, make friends.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Edinburgh?
First Edinburgh, then the world.
You can see Alice Fraser: Mythos at Gilded Balloon Teviot from 31st July – 26th August (not 12th) at 20:45. For tickets, please visit https://tickets.edfringe.com