Amy chats to Rosalie Minnitt as she prepares to take her show Clementine to the Fringe!
Hey Rosalie – here’s your chance to give an elevator pitch, can you give us a brief synopsis?
Clementine is a character comedy show that follows its eponymous heroine on a whirlwind quest to get to the bottom of her romantic misfortune and find The One. Think Bridgerton meets the Mighty Boosh with just a hint of Barbie.
What inspired you to create this show?
I’m first and foremost a huge history nerd so prancing around in vaguely period costume is my idea of absolute heaven. Aside from living out my fashion fantasies, I mainly wanted to make this show to prove to myself that I could. Like a lot of people, my confidence took a real nosedive over the pandemic and, whilst I can look back now with over seven comedy festivals under my belt, there was a period where I never thought I’d be able to get back on a stage again. But I did! So the show represents such a huge personal triumph for me.
Have you performed at the fringe before? What are the best and worst parts of performing at the fringe? Or if it’s your first time, what are you most excited about?
This will be my fourth fringe – but the first time doing a solo show for the month. I genuinely think the best part is the other shows you see – those are the stories that have really stayed with me. I remember seeing Julio Torres at Underbelly in 2017 which is still the best comedy show I’ve ever seen. I’m just so excited to see everyone else’s work and be inspired by other amazing artists.
What are the main themes within the production, and what can audiences expect?
The show follows our eponymous hero and she tries, and repeatedly fails, to find the love of her life. It’s nonsensical and extremely silly but there is heart wrapped up in there too. At its core, it’s a reminder to take life a little less seriously.
Finally, with so many shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, why should people book a ticket to this one?
The mind-boggling variety of shows is what makes the fringe so special. You can kick off the day with theatre, segue into a circus act and before you know it, you’re cackling riotously in a late-night clown show on the Blundabus. People should come and see Clementine because it’s seriously silly. And I mean really, really silly. It’s a stupid slice of farcical heaven in a fraught world that takes itself far too seriously. I love the show, I love the character and I know audiences at the fringe will fall in love with her too.
Clementine is on at Underbelly Cowgate from the 3rd – 27th August at 2.25pm – find out more here!