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 Samantha Pressdee about her show 'Sextremist' which will be at the Fringe this summer.
AT: Hi Samantha, thanks for speaking with Female Arts today. Firstly could you tell us a little about you and how you came to be a performer...
SP: I wanted to get inside the telly so I could get more of my mothers attention when I was 4, she enrolled me into a dance school so she could watch telly in peace. I completed my mission to get inside the telly. Dancing behind Hanson on Top of the Pops. I wasn’t paid for that, I was stalking them. I have been paid to be on telly since that though, so she is a bit proud.
AT: Please could you tell us briefly what your latest show is about and the inspiration behind it?
SP: Its about nipples and the way they are perceived in our society. Our culture is very hyper sexualised and I didn’t used to feel safe in my body and sexuality. The show is a journey through reclaiming those parts of myself. Its about being a whole woman.
AT: How long was your creation / rehearsal process and how did you go about rehearsing a solo show?
SP: I got the idea for this show at The Edinburgh Fringe last August. We’d had our Free the Nipple rally on The Royal Mile so I decided to perform my final show topless to celebrate not getting arrested. I started improvising on the themes at open mic nights in Sept. Then it became a foetus in about January when I did my first topless preview. I’ve done as many work in progress shows as I can. It’s been difficult to get bookings with it being performed topless. I am also rehearsing in front of my teddies every day.
AT: What do you hope audiences will take away from watching?
SP: I hope they feel a bit fired up by it, in a good way I mean. I don’t want them to storm out angrily. Although, that may happen. I know not everyone will like what I’m doing, thats ok. I’m trying my best, and some people love it. Thats enough.
AT: Describe the show in 6 words...
SP: Tank girl infiltrates Russell Brand’s revolution.
Samantha Pressdee - Sextremist. Will be at Just The Tonic, The Mash House at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the month of August for tickets go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/samantha-pressdee-sextremist
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