Helen Bauer enjoys a drama. She’s her mother’s daughter, taking a small situation, blowing it up, then getting upset that it’s out of her control. At the same time, she dreams of being a sweet angel handling any drama with grace. Highly anticipated debut hour from the 2018 BBC New Comedy Award Finalist, Little Miss Baby Angel Face runs throughout the Fringe in the Pleasance Courtyard. Helen spoke with The Fountain about the drivers behind the show as well as offering her dream plans.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
It is so exciting. It’s been 10 years exactly since I first went to the Edinburgh Fringe and doing my own show there is such a dream come true. It’s like going to Disney Land but I am the princess (the broken tired princess with a hangover and chips in my bed).
TF: Little Miss Baby Angel Face certainly sounds interesting, what is the premise?
Little Miss Baby Angel Face is an exploration of my love for tragic situations and the relationship with my Mum.
My mum and I are two sides of the same coin. My mum currently has ghosts in her house and thinks in a past life she was on the Titanic, where I wrote and performed a monologue about being sexually abused and performed it at school (TOTAL LIE & also VERY creepy)! In reality her Mum ran a ‘drama school’ from their house (from when she was small) and clearly the drama continued outside of her work!
Sincerity is what the show tackles and my completely in ability to be sincere when it is most required.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I’m fascinated by mother daughter relationships, I mean who isn’t? I love the TV show Gilmore Girls, so much the way they go into the relationship fascinates me but it’s really not done enough. I think because it such a hard relationship to explain and explore. There is such much humour in it though. Maybe more for me as I have a very liberal and dramatic Mum and I have taken after her in every way.
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 have been before and I am always excited to see so many different shows. Most importantly for performers though is to try and keep it fun. It’s a very long and tiring month but it’s a fun one if you are lucky. So, enjoy the madness.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Little Miss Baby Angel Face?
I wish I could say a month-long trip to all the Disney parks spending all my time dressed as a princess but I think it will head diving straight into the next project and running around gigging.
Helen Bauer’s debut stand up show Little Miss Baby Angel Face will be at the Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker One, at 18:00 for the month of August. For tickets, go to www.edfringe.com