Honey, a freelance journalist and single mother of four (and a half) seeks control, agency, confirmation and solvency from her rebellious daughter, disappointed mother, skeptical friends and imperfect men. Three (or four) therapists have so far failed to help her, so it’s time to try a different kind of talking cure. Honey must tell her story to find out how it ends and where it begins. Will she find what she’s looking for, whatever that is? Honey is a comedic one-woman show from Finland featuring Scottish actress Sarah McCardie embodying eleven triumphantly dysfunctional characters in one hour, precisely. The Fountain caught up with Sarah about the show and her plans for this month.

TF: Are you excited to be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year?

Yes I’m super excited to be back! It’s my first time doing a one woman show at the Fringe – I hope I get on well with the rest of the cast …..

TF: Honey certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

Honey is a comedic one woman show and universal story about a woman’s struggle to find herself. The show highlights the life challenges of a single mother of 4.5 children and the decisions she has made along her journey to be infront of the audience in a live moment. Honey as a character will take the audience on a whistle stop tour of her self discovery with brutal honesty about her work, children, parents and questionable relationship choices. She is in search of something – as we all are! I will play eleven characters in this story which lasts an hour.

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

The lovely Julian Garner (Translator & Director) really pushed for this show to come to The Fringe. We met up last year and he described the storyline to me about a woman in her late 30’s/early 40’s who is a Storyteller; has a great sense of humour; has terrible luck in relationships and has made some questionable choices …. He said he thought of me! This made me laugh out loud and want to be part of it as I think there are global and tangible themes in Honey that a lot of people will relate to. This show, written by award winning Finnish writer/director Tove Appelgren, has already been performed in Finland & Julian felt it was a woman’s story that could transfer anywhere. I think he’s right! Tonally – of course there is drama in the story but humour too. Julian knows that I’ve been an actress for years and quite recently have dabbled in the Stand Up circuit – which is both terrifying; liberating and wonderful. He wants this version of Honey to be those things too. I’m going to Finland to start rehearsals and I’ve been lucky to work with the brilliant Finnish company ACE PRODUCTION over the years – I’m very excited about this collaboration. Let the games begin!

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?

My plans for the Fringe are to get Honey under my belt and hope that audiences enjoy it! I also try to do a kind of timetable for shows that I want to see – it’s such a mind blowing and overwhelming hub of activity that unless I plan it I miss things! My advice for first-time performers? Enjoy it; turn up on time; get ready VERY quickly for get ins/get outs; always have berocca & paracetamol in your toilet bag because you will definitely need it at some point during the run. I’m getting old saying that. It’s true though. 

TF: And what are your future plans beyond Honey?

I hope to win the lottery and emigrate to escape Brexit! I know Julian is hoping that Honey will be able to tour in the coming year. I act/write/direct for Glasgow based comedy group Witsherface and will continue to do that. I love seeing and encouraging funny women. I’m collaborating on a few projects at the moment and will juggle the life of a self employed creative to infinity and beyond!

You can see Honey at ZOO Playground until 25th August at 16:30. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/