Firstly, if you'd like to introduce yourself and your show?
Yeah, my name's Susan Harrison and my show is Jennie Benton Wordsmith, it's on at Underbelly Clover.
Cool, and where can we find you on social media?
I'm @sueharrison123 and on Facebook Jennie Benton Wordsmith has a Facebook page.
Fab! What inspired you to do your show?
Well, it's a character I've been doing for a few years and I do a lot of different characters, but she's the one who I thought had quite a lot of back-story. So I thought it would be really nice to explore that and sort of find out about her life and sort of give her a chance to do a show.
Yeah, you sound very articulate in your show in terms of language, and obviously very well educated. Are you trained professionally in English, or is it just something you've taken on as a persona?
It's just something I've taken on as a persona, yeah. The character's probably a bit more clever than me! But yes, I'm trained as an actor first and foremost, and then I got into comedy, and then I got into improvisation as well, so now I use all of those things combined.
You have a lot of audience participation in your show. What encouraged you to use that technique?
I think that's from all the improv that I do, I really enjoy it and it's sort of like you have another person to play with, particularly when it's just when you on stage. When before, in my show, the other character comes on stage it's lovely because it means that you almost have other characters in your performance… When they're up for it! Which obviously they were today, which is nice. Yeah, that's why I like to improvise, and why I like to keep it a bit risky.
Do you have any advice for our readers in terms of comedy and performance?
I think have fun. It sounds a bit simplistic, but I think if you're having fun, that audience will be too. Yeah, just take risks, try stuff and allow yourself to fail so that you find out what you enjoy.
Great advice, thank you!
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