From the comfort of her flat, an excitable, precocious, irrepressible woman with a dirty mouth and a lot to say discusses life, her many opinions and her best friend, all the while avoiding the advances of her over-eager neighbour. At times both funny and moving, Bethany Heath’s one-woman show, Definitely Louise, explores themes of confidence and insecurities, friendship and loss, and finding your way in the modern world. Bethany spoke with The Fountain about the show and what brought it about.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes! It is exciting! I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to come up as a performer after going to the festival for the best part of a decade as a PR, so to finally be doing it is brilliant.
TF: Definitely Louise certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s a play about a young woman who basically discusses her opinions on a wide span of topics, she doesn’t hold back and is very forthright and funny. The play is about living and the pressures and influences we have to deal with, not always very effectively.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
The project is definitely driven by a lot of personal experiences. Without giving too much away, there is an event that happens in the show, the real counterpart of which, was a big influence behind the writing but mostly it’s just about the experience of trying to be someone of worth but also the desire to just fit in and how that can mess with you.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Well I’ve been many many times before, but never as a performer so I feel like I’ll be seeing it through a news lens. I’d say I’ve been enough to know that nothing can really prepare you for the sheer mayhem of the fringe and my advice would be just to roll with it and go along for the ride.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Definitely Louise?
For the moment, my soul focus is on the show and the fringe. I’d like to be able to continue with Definitely Louise beyond the fringe and see if I could play it in other parts of the country ideally but beyond that, who knows. I’m definitely not done with her yet so I’ll see where it takes me.
Definitely Louise will be at the Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre Attic at 15.15 daily for the month of August. For tickets, go to www.edfringe.com