Fringe Wives Club's Tessa Waters on putting yourself on the line

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NAME

Tessa Waters of Fringe Wives Club

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Comedian, Cabaret, Mentor, Activist.

FAVOURITE BAND?

Hot Chip

FAVOURITE SONG?

Let's Sweat

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Right now I am obsessed with Alice Edgley the costume designer who did our costumes for Fringe Wives Club, she is a sequin warrior woman.

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IS THIS WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF?

I used to stride around the house dress as Shirely Bassey when I was 4 years old singing Big Spender so I would say yes I am living my best life. And same goes for the other Fringe Wives, we've all been massive drama nerds since day dot. We all love the stage and performing and are passionate about using these tools to start conversations

THREE OF YOUR HARDEST MOMENTS?

When we set out to make the show we were pretty nervous to know if it would work. I mean we are great friends and respect and love each others art but would it work to combine forces? Going into the first rehearsal day we were super worried and when Victoria played the first notes and we sang in harmony we all burst into tears of joy and relief. It's hard putting yourself on the line as an artist and especially as a female talking about sexuality, about feminism, domestic violence, empowerment etc. We get our fair share of aggression from trolls or misguided audiences members. It was pretty confronting at first but sadly it is so common that it's now kind of normalised, is that a good thing? I dunno. We walk a fine line between being funny and talking about some intense topics, and it's really hard sometimes in the writing process to find the balance. For instance we've just written a new song 'Feminist Fuckbois' about millennial dudes who use feminism culture and language to disguise their misogyny. The aim of the song is to be a hilarious destruction of this toxic masculinity while making sure we don't just turn it into a men vs women thing and alienate our audience.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

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New York baby!! Our dream is to take the show to the UK and perform Glittery Clittery on the stage in New York.

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC

Hardcore, goal orientated, ambitious and intensive. We are only all together in the same city for like two to three months of the year so everything is created under strict timelines. We are passionately hungry in out pursuit of great art and getting out message out there and changing the world.

DO YOU HAVE RITUALS?

Hahah sure we like to spread the show, sexy, flirtatious, furious vibes with our show. So just before we go on we get in a circle and consensually blow rasberries on each other and tickle our boobs and bums. Get's us giggling and a bit sexy, perfect cabaret pre-show backstage party. Also Champagne....allllll the Champagne.

HOW CAN WOMEN BEST SUPPORT EACH OTHER?

Fringe Wives Club says it all really. Fringe Wives was a thing before the show, we came together as friends over cocktails and dance floor bangas on the international Fringe Festival circuit. We supported each other, licked wounds, poured drinks, nursed bruises, got matching tattoos, talked politics and art and then decided to make a show together. We use the word wives for our friendship as we are committed to each other, to supporting one another, to relying on one another, to subvert the traditional use of 'Wife' as ownership to mean something more, something that is ours. Wyfe4Lyfe

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WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?

Standing in her own power, seeing that space, taking that space. Understanding and deconstructing the myths she's been sold and stepping forward to give zero fucks but all the passion for what she believes in.

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