Irish, rising star, Catherine Bohart debuts this very personal show, Immaculate, at the Pleasance Courtyard for the month of August. This show explores the small town in Ireland where Catherine was brought up, her identity as a bisexual woman, her struggles with OCD and the various conflicts and contradictions that arise out of these facets of who she is.
Catherine spoke with The Fountain about her plans for the Fringe, as well as the premise of the show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
I’m so excited! It’s the best month of the year, I love it! This will be my fourth time performing at the Edinburgh fringe but my first hour long show and I can’t wait. I’m also so excited to be doing my show at the Pleasance which is where I’ve loved seeing shows since the first year I went, it feels like a big milestone. As well as my own show, I’m so looking forward to seeing some of my favourite comics like Larry Dean, Felicity Ward, Ed Gamble, Sarah Keyworth and Ed Night. When I’m not on stage, I plan on seeing everything I can.
TF: Immaculate certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Well, I’m the bisexual daughter of a Catholic deacon and I have OCD so the show is about that. I hope it’s also about the reality of marrying competing identities and the strength of family. I’m having a lot of fun previewing it. They can all be quite heavy topics if you don’t find ways to laugh about them so it’s been really fun to turn some of the bad on it’s head. Especially in relation to mental health.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
These are things I’ve been talking about on stage since I started comedy but in very distinct ways. This show, for me, is about bringing all the strands together and figuring out how they have and do co-exist. With jokes, I promise!
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
Make a spreadsheet and a plan! I know everyone says just go with the flow and you’ll find amazing shows but great shows often run back to back so you’ve gotta have a schedule! And pre-book things you really want to see or you might end up disappointed. Bring comfortable shoes, as far as I can work out, Edinburgh is entirely uphill. I don’t know how they’ve managed it, but they have! Oh and the food is great, so come hungry.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
There’s a time beyond the Fringe? I’m so tunnel visioned about it right now, I’m not able to imagine a time after it. Hopefully, I’ll be taking my show to other places and gigging, all things going well!
Immaculate, Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker 2, 4.15pm, 4th – 26th August (except 14th)