A peek behind the velvet curtain! Hilarious one-woman sitcom based on Jacqueline Haigh’s true experiences working as a receptionist in a tantric massage parlour. Directed by award-winning Alan Short, Goddess will be at the Fringe for the month of August, which Jacqueline spoke with The Fountain about in more depth.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes, I love the Edinburgh Fringe; one of the greatest arts festivals in the world. It’s so buzzing and such a beautiful city – it’s an honour to perform there.
TF: Goddess certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Goddess is a one-woman sitcom, based on my true experiences of working as a receptionist in a Tantric Massage parlour in West London.
Directed by the award-winning Alan Short, co-director of the recent Emmy award-winning production of Watership Down for Netflix/BBC, the show offers something different from the classic stand-up comedy shows. I speak directly to the audience to tell the true story of what happened to me, then jump in and out of the drama to play the quirky characters I met.
Like a peek behind the velvet curtain, it gives a glimpse into the hilarious, secret underworld of Tantric Massage, whilst busting some taboos around female sexuality and exploring what it really means to be a Goddess.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
A few years ago, I went for a job as a receptionist in a “clinic” but when I saw the leopard skin sofa and women dressed as sexy Goddesses, I realised that it wasn’t quite what I had expected.
The experience of working there and meeting the Goddesses prompted me to explore my own sexuality and even go on a quest for the mysterious female G Spot. Some people say the G Spot exists, but others say it’s just a myth. It’s like the Nessie of the Vag!
But I wanted to find out for myself. You’ll have to come to the show to find out what happened next!
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Being at the Fringe is the perfect opportunity to catch up on lots of great shows and make brilliant new friends. I even met my boyfriend there last year when we were flyering as he had a rival comedy storytelling show on at the same time as mine! The main advice I would give first-time performers is, during all the stress and chaos, don’t forget to enjoy yourself and remember why you started performing in the first place. Don’t lose your love for it all. Oh, and try to stop drinking before 5am at least one night a week!
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
Goddess originally premiered at 2pm at PBH Free Fringe in Edinburgh, 2018. By the last performances, the show was full, with audience members sitting on the floor and others unfortunately turned away. However, just one reviewer came – on the last day! We got a great, four star review, the week after the show had closed!
However, this response proved the show’s popularity so this year, I am returning to Edinburgh Fringe in an evening slot at the Sweet Novotel to entertain a wider audience.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Goddess?
I have done a small-scale tour of the show so far, including Bath Comedy Festival and Brighton and Shaftesbury Fringe Festivals, but I would like to tour the show to a wider audience, including abroad. I would also like to adapt Goddess into a TV sitcom, which I think would be great fun, a bit like an English version of the recent Netflix hit Bonding.
In addition, I am now working on my next show, entitled Jacqueline Of All Trades, which reveals all the funny stories from my life and the bizarre situations I seem to keep getting myself into!
You can see Goddess at Sweet Novotel until 25th August at 19:45. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/