Interview: Donna Gray from Pamela’s Palace

pamelas palace interview
Pamela’s Palace is a very funny, fun and silly show, a completely new work devised by the company and choreographed by Stephen Harper from Told by an Idiot and Aiotor Basauri from Cirque du Soleil. It’s an all-singing, all-dancing comedy with cheeky, tear-jerking humour touching on themes of self-empowerment, beauty and ageing which The Scotsman described as “An outstanding sitcom comic creation ★★★★”. Co-devised by the comedians Donna Gray, Katie Grace Cooper and Ayesha Tansey with Mella Faye, here Donna tells us about the show, how they actually cut hair live on stage, what she loves about the Edinburgh festival, how from the wings she once made her fellow cast members lose it on stage, and much more.

Comedy To Watch: How would you describe your comedy to someone who wasn’t previously aware of your good selves?

Donna: 3 terrible feminists in a hair salon who cut, style and tease their way through 60 minutes of fast-paced physical comedy, crazy choreography and quick-witted improvisation that will have you in stitches (& curlers if you’re lucky!)

CTW: And what can you tell us about your Edinburgh show?

Donna: That we actually cut hair in the show and we strike a chord with female self-empowerment!

CTW: What are your favourite things about the festival?

Donna: The anticipation as you queue up to see a show you’ve heard great things about, hanging out in the gardens and the well-deserved post-show beer!

CTW: And are there any aspects you don’t like?

Donna: Trying to get to sleep when the adrenaline is still pounding around your body!

CTW: How do you feel you’ve evolved since your first ever performance?

Donna: Feeling like we’re rockstars! No more worrying what will happen, just get out there and rock it!

CTW: What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you since you started performing?

Donna: When I wrote ‘smile’ in lipstick across my bare chest and flashed to the girls from the wings – they lost it!

CTW: If you could change any element of the stand up scene, what would it be?
Donna: The jeans and t-shirt look – so dull! Where is their edge?

CTW: Apart from what you’ve already done, is there anything else you’d like to do in the comedy world?

Donna: A TV sitcom

CTW: And if money were no object, and you could collaborate with any living comedian, what would you like to create?

Donna: Sharon Horgan to write a comedy drama for TV

CTW: Finally, if you could interview yourself, what question would you most like to ask? And what would the answer be?

Donna: So Donna what’s the best thing about playing Pamela in Pamela’s Palace? A. I get to fool around on stage with my besties and make people’s cheeks ache for the privilege!

Alex Finch. Photograph (c) Nicole Cleary.
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Related Links:
Pamela’s Palace can be seen at the Assembly, The Box from the 31st of July through to the 26th of August (Not 13th) and further information and tickets can be found here.
And you can watch a trailer for the production here.
The Official Site.
You can follow Pamela’s Palace on Twitter here.

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