FRINGE 18: 5 mins with Jessica McKerlie

Go to bed Jessica brings you a collections of tales from the road, stories that make a person shiver with anticipation, shudder with wanton lust and bawl with tender longing. The no holds barred, potent storytelling style by Jessica, a cabaret badass, will have you writhing on the floor with hilarity one minute, begging for more titillating detail the next. The show is a delightfully messy explosion of creativity.

We caught up with Jessica McKerlie, the magnificent storyteller, ahead of her debut show at this year’s Auckland Fringe.

Is this your first Fringe Auckland?

What are you looking forward to about performing in Auckland?
I have some mates who live in Auckland so I can’t wait to visit them!

Describe your show in three words or less…
Manic, Mischievous, Badass

Fringe Festivals are known for the weird, wacky, and utterly wonderful – what’s the most bizarre thing you’ve come across during your Fringe history?
A free show in Edinburgh that was less of a show and more a lecture on medieval ghost history of the buildings in the area.

What are your top 3 picks for Auckland Fringe?
Toxic Mas, The Plastic Orgasm, and Fuck Rant.

Where will we find you during the festival?
I’m doing my show in 2 different venues, on Thursday 1st March at Sweatshop Brew Kitchen, 7 Sale Street, Freemans Bay, and then on Sunday 4th March at Backbeat Bar, 100 Karangahape Rd, both at 7pm.

What would we find if we raided your fridge?

Word Association:
Fringe – Argh!!
Fridge – milk
Auckland – Fun!
Festival – Even more fun!
Lights – Find yours
Chocolate – the solution
Winter – schminter
Theatre – magic

Catch Jessica McKerlie performing in Go to Bed Jessica at Sweatshop on 1 March and Backbeat Bar on 4 March. Buy your tickets here.