Amy loves it. Natalie hates it. Who’s right? Amy thinks the 2003 film Love Actually represents everything good about the human experience of love. Natalie thinks it’s unrealistic and manipulative crap. Part double-act, part film lecture, part game show, this two-woman comedy showdown asks whether Love Actually is the ultimate romcom… or ultimately terrible. What will you decide? Amy Currie, one half of show, Love/Hate Actually, spoke with The Fountain in more detail about the show, and her plans beyond the Fringe.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting!

We can’t wait to get to Edinburgh. We’ve had some amazing adventures performing Love/Hate Actually around Australia. We even got to take the show overseas to Vanuatu for a one-night-only charity performance! Heading to the other side of the world is such a thrilling next step – and it’s an absolute dream come true to be able to perform at the world’s most legendary arts festival.

TF: Love/Hate Actually certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

I’ve always adored iconic 2003 rom-com Love Actually. After all, what’s not to love? Sure, it’s not exactly a hard-hitting think piece, but it’s the perfect Christmas movie and it always leaves me ugly-crying happy tears. Tragically, my dear friend Natalie hates the film with a passion and thinks it’s manipulative drivel. For years, we’d argue every Christmas about its merits…or lack thereof. Eventually, we decided the only way forward was to present our cases in a two-woman comedy showdown and let our audiences decide!

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?

Natalie and I have been friends for more than a decade, and we’ve spent most of that performing together in improv and comedy theatre. We both love British comedy, novelty costumes and a good argument…and we both rather fancy Colin Firth. Love/Hate Actually is packed with things that entertain us – it’s part sketch, part standup, part film lecture and part game show.

TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?

While we’ve both been lucky enough to experience Fringe as punters in the past, this is our first time bringing our very own show! We’re looking forward to seeing as much weird and wonderful theatre and comedy as we can, catching up with fellow performers and eating several thousand deep-fried Mars bars.

TF: And what are your future plans beyond Love/Hate Actually?

We’ve got several projects on the go at the moment, both individually and as a team. I’m putting together a new sketch comedy show themed around a terrifying dystopian future, and Natalie’s prepping a season of her big immersive homage play Speed: The Movie, The Play for the Sydney Fringe Festival in September. For now, though, our focus is on making Love/Hate Actually the very best show it can be – and we can’t wait for Edinburgh audiences to feel the love/hate!

You can see Love/Hate Actually at Imagination Workshop from 9th – 26th August at 18:00. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/