Q and A with Juliette Burton

As the Edinburgh Fringe fast approaches we're running a series of quick fire Q and As with some of the brilliant women heading up there this year. Today Female Arts' Amie Taylor grills Juliette Burton about her show 'Decision Time' which will be at the Fringe this summer.

AT: Please could you tell us briefly what your latest show is about and the inspiration behind it?

JB: My new show 'Decision Time' is a comedy, totally true-life, about a big decision I have to make in my life right now. Since I am terrible at making decisions, I wrote a comedy show to help me make up my mind! I look back in the show to see whether I can learn from other decisions I've made and whether I can find an easier way of making this big decision now - hopefully I can start making some good life choices!

AT: How long was your creation / rehearsal process and how did you go about rehearsing a solo show?

JB: I first had the idea for the show back in spring 2015, then began researching in August 2015 during the Edinburgh Fringe when my last show had a sold out run. I began writing ideas from Autumn 2015, crafting an actual show from January 2016, before I headed off on tour in Australia and New Zealand with my last show. I began performing work in progress shows in April 2016 and the show as it is now took its truest shape in June. I've been previewing hard in the past few months and now I'm raring to go! I can't wait to bring this, my favourite show I've created, to Edinburgh.

AT: What do you hope audiences will take away from watching?

JB: I hope they'll leave feeling empowered to make their own life choices, with huge grins on their faces and lots to think about - there's a lot of truth and honesty, silliness, fun and feelings in the show. Some parts are pretty dark - the show has been researched with mental health charities Mind and ReThink - but I've worked hard to ensure it's also uplifting and joyful too.

AT: Describe the show in 6 words:

JB: Well, from audience tweets these words come up the most: "Funny, honest, thought-provoking, uplifting, amazing, moving" or as my family might describe it "A waste of time and money". Why not come to see the show to make your own decision!

Juliette Burton - Decision Time. Will be at the Gilded Balloon, Teviot at the Edinburgh

Fringe Festival for the month of August for tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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