Baby wipes, glitter and cans at the ready, Joni and Scarlett head off on their respective weekends. From two sides of Dublin City, the pair unexpectedly meet in the neon fields of Irish music festival Electric Picnic. Hysterically riotous and soul-stirring, Electric probes our innate prejudices and preconceived notions of who we are while taking you on the session of a lifetime! Ali Hardiman who wrote and perfomed in Electric spoke with The Fountain about the show and her plans for the month.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes I’m really delighted! I’m so excited for ELECTRIC to get a new audience too, we have performed the show so much accross Ireland so I’m really looking forward to interacting with an entirely new audience!
TF: Electric certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The story is about two girls who fall in love at a music festival. To me, music festivals are this amazing place where people from all walks of life meet and party for 72hrs! The two characters in the story are from totally different backgrounds, so I suppose you could say it’s a story about forbidden love. Being set at a music festival though, it’s a lot of fun! Expect music, karoke and glitter!
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I wrote the show because I wanted to talk about class divide from my experience growing up. I was becoming increasingly interested (and frustrated) in how accents are so closely linked with social class. The more I thought about it the more I wanted to write about it. I’m hugely influenced by people like Phoebe Waller Bridge. I love how how she writes tragedy and comedy so close to one another, that was something that really inspired me.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?/Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’ve never been to the Fringe before so I’m really excited to be making my debut on the Edinburgh Stage! I’m really keen to see the city and to get to as many shows that I can. There are some fantastic fellow Irish companies going to be at the Fringe too and I’m really excited to see what they bring!
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Electric?
I have one or two exciting things in the pipeline. I look forward to revealing all my plans in coming months!
You can see Electric at Underbelly, Cowgate until 25th August at 17:40. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com