Clara and Nyri are two very different women. Two complicated lives. Both having a very bad day. Mental health nurse Nyri’s woken up hungover with a younger man. Meanwhile, Clara has developed a compulsive wink and can’t remember if she’s taken her meds. Nyri needs to get to Ebbw Vale Hospital via Greggs and Clara is dodging signs telling her – rather rudely – to kill herself, so she can get cracking with her shoplifting list for the Devil. Interweaving and unexpected connections collide in this fast-moving, touchingly funny one-woman show, For All I Care, by Alan Harris. Hannah Daniel from the show spoke with The Fountain about the show in more detail.
TF: Are you excited to be performing at the Fringe this year?
Yes! I’ve never performed there – I’ve been many times as a keen punter, willing the year I spend the whole of August up there on the other side! So here we are, and I can’t wait to get going.
TF: What is the premise of your show?
It centres around two women – Clara, a troubled teenager slipping through the cracks, who’s trying to get through a day’s shoplifting without killing herself, and Nyri a mental health nurse who’s so frustrated with the system’s cut backs that she becomes almost vigilante-like in her approach to her work. This all whilst nursing the mother of all hangovers. The two women’s paths cross and it becomes a story about human connection, care and kindness. It’s a comment on the increasing pressure on our care system, and the unsung heroes still fighting within it.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I’m a fan of Alan Harris’ writing so when the opportunity came up I jumped at it. The piece is a lovesong to our crumbling NHS and Alan manages to communicate a very important political message through such warm and witty dialogue. As an actor it’s a dream challenge – when you read characters like that on the page it’s hard not to get excited about bringing them to life.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’ve been so many times as a punter and always leave brimming with joy! I love it. So to be performing here this year is incredibly exciting. Usually I run around in a mad panic, trying to squeeze in as many shows as possible in three days, but this time I’m here for the month, so let me at them! I have a few friends performing their own shows up here this year which I’m particularly excited about. Remy Beasley in Do Our Best, and Holly Morgan: Is a Witch. Get Her are top of my list.
TF: And what are your future plans?
I’m currently coming to the end of editing a Ffilm Cymru/BBC Wales short film I wrote and directed. So will be finishing that off, then taking a little break to have a baby… Then back to the grind posthaste!
You can see For All I Care at Summerhall, Main Hall until 24th August at 13:30. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/