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EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Katie Brennan

BWW speaks to Katie Brennan ahead of her Edinburgh Fringe show "Katie Brennan's Quarter Life Crisis".

What inspired you to write Quarter Life Crisis?

I was at a point in both my career and personal life where I felt like I was hitting dead ends every which way I turned. I was working a temp job that I hated, I had no money, I was single and I was still living at home with my parents. In short, I was a bit miserable. The more I spoke to other people my age, the more I realised that I wasn't alone and the majority of us were just blundering through our twenties feeling disappointed, frustrated and 'not-quite-good-enough'. So I wrote a show about it! If you can laugh at a problem it instantly feels less terrible and I knew I wanted to speak out to all those Quarter Life Crisis folks who felt the same as me!

What kind of issues does the show touch on?

Gosh, lots! Online dating, moving to the city, having terrible sex, attending other people's weddings, the housing market, mental health and that feeling of having not really achieved anything yet. Oh, and the 90s. Because if there's one thing my generation loves, it's feeling nostalgic about the 90s!

Is this your first visit to the Fringe?

Ten years ago I visited the fringe for the first time to perform a production of The Tempest and I've been every year since, both as a performer and a reveller. It's my favourite place on the planet and I'm so excited to be marking my tenth fringe anniversary with my own show!

Do you think you know what to expect?

From Edinburgh? Well, I mean, I've got wellies and a pretty stylish raincoat. Should be fine.

Describe Quarter Life Crisis in five words.

Warm, funny, saucy, empathetic and life-affirming.

Timings and ticket information for Katie Brennan's Quarter Life Crisis are available on the edfringe website.


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