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Fringe Q&As: Rachel Parris

Rachel Parris talks to HeraldScotland about singing, her encounter with Phil Jupitus and climbing in Scotland.

Tell us about your Fringe show

It's a musical comedy show set in Las Vegas. It's a spoof of one of the big-budget vegas cabaret shows with me playing every singer on the bill, ranging from a brit-pop boy to a megalomaniac diva.

Best thing about the Fringe?

Getting to see other people's shows.

Worst thing about the Fringe?


How many years have you been coming to the Fringe?

9 years - 8 as a performer.

Favourite Fringe venue?

The Ballroom at the Counting House. It feels like home - that's where we did Austentatious for two years running, and where I did my debut solo show last year.

Best Fringe memory?

My solo show last year was really fun - big crowds, and a really excited, warm feeling in the room.

Best heckle?

I don't tend to get heckled! I think it's cause I'm often singing and it really takes balls to heckle someone mid-song!

Craziest on stage experience?

I did Voices In Their Head last year and a scene ended up with me and Phil Jupitus almost dry-humping, except he was playing a bear.

What's on your rider?

I don't know what you mean! I'm not Mick Jagger! Who has a rider?

How do you wind down after a show?

By the end of my solo show at 5.30pm, I won't have eaten since 11ish (as I'm doing a lunchtime show as well) so I quite like to go and get a big plate of food, sit quietly on my own and read a crime thriller. I am the new rock and roll.

What do you love about Scotland?

So many things. I've come to Scotland a lot since I was small, places like Doune and Fortwilliam and the islands of Eigg, Muck and Rum, and climbing up here is so fantastic - more wild, more out-of-the-world than most places. I love Edinburgh too, the colour of the stone and being in the middle of a city but being surrounded by hills. It's an amazing place.

See Rachel Parris - Live in Vegas at the Pleasance: Attic during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe until 25th August. For tickets visit www.pleasance.co.uk.

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