La JohnJoseph's Fringe theatre performance, a Generous Lover, will be on at the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall,from August 3 - 26.

  • What is your Fringe show about?

“A Generous Lover” is a show about queer psychosis, it’s sort of a mythological descent into mental illness. I wrote it when I was in a psychiatric hospital, where my (then) boyfriend had been sectioned. It sounds dreadfully dour, but actually it’s a very funny show, if bittersweet at times. And I have a great new hairdo.

  • How many times/many years have you appeared at the Fringe?

I came up in 2012 with my show “Boy in a Dress” in 2012, and a few years before that I was at the festival for a week as a guest in Scottee’s show, Eat Your Heart Out.

  • What’s your most memorable moment from the Fringe?

Taking shrooms at the Botanical Gardens maybe? On the one day off we had in 2012. That was a great life decision I never came to regret.

  • What’s the worst thing about the Fringe?

Well it’s pretty exhausting isn’t it? I guess the hardest thing is trying to deal with everything that comes at you, the ups and downs of performing daily in a very competitive market. That and all those wasted flyers - flyers, flyers everywhere you go. Sodden in the gutter, spilling out of bins, under every seat, and inexplicably hibernating in your handbag.

  • If you were not a performer what would you be doing?

Zumba instructor, no question, the flexible schedule is ideal for a young mum (which I’d also undoubtedly be).

  • How do you prepare for a performance?

I sing “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” in front of the mirror, in a variety of demonic voices and/or in the style of cartoon characters from cereal commercials. Tony the Tiger and Lucifer for example. I find it really revs me up.

Not being in London? No, but seriously guys! I love seeing my friends who are in town with their own shows, especially those who live in the US whom I rarely have the chance to see. 8 What’s the most Scottish thing you’ve ever done? I went out on the lash with Nicola Sturgeon, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Loch Ness Monster once. That was pretty rad.

  • Favourite Scottish food/drink?

Cranachan, every time!

  • Sum up your show in three words

Great New Hairdo

Show summary

A Generous Lover is the true and very queer tale of one soul's journey through the wasteland of mental illness, to deliver their lost love. Brimming with psychedelic proletarian prose and trenchant wit, it recounts the pandemonium of navigating mental health services on behalf of a loved one, whilst being transfeminine (and occasionally being mistaken for a patient).

Drawing on epic poetry, classical mythology and queer modernist literature, A Generous Lover fuses psychology, euphonic prose, and song to create an intimate and beguiling world. Somewhere between a seance and a recital, it delves into psychosis with compassion.

La JohnJoseph's Fringe show, A Generous Lover, will be on at the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall,from August 3 - 26 (not 13 and 20) at 16:10 (17:10). Suuitable for ages 16 and over. 

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