Interview with Kat Bond

Kat Bond takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Interview with Kat Bond

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

My name is Kat Bond I am an actress and comic and I have written and am performing my one woman character comedy show Loo Roll at the Ed fringe this year. 5.45pm The Pleasance Courtyard (2nd to 28th) not the 16th.

How would you describe your show?

It's a visual feast of comic characters. It's a character comedy show with a story based around my alter ego Pat who was left in a bin by her family. She spends the whole show becoming her family members and realising the power of Loo Roll!

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

Because it's the best festival to show your work to willing audiences and it has been a brilliant experience in previous years. I also come away feeling very inspired by all the people who have made beautiful things.

What differentiates it from other festivals?

It's in a beautiful historic city and the food is excellent! It's a unique place with lots of great little nooks and crannies.

Do you think the Fringe has changed over the years? If so, how? Are these changes positive or negative?

I think that the fringe has to change and move and evolve. I think that it still has the same buzz about it as it did 10 years ago.

What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations?

I love the instant response you can get to an idea with comedy, also I hate money!

If you didn't have your current job, what would you probably be doing?

I'd like to be a psychotherapist and get to the bottom of why I want to do this job.

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

Astronaut - my heads in the clouds already.

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

Seeing Bambi at the cinema. A heartbreaking start.

Do you ever feel any pressure to be a social commentator, or constantly update material to respond to events?

My material is fanatical and silly but there is a small amount of social commentary in it which I find easier to say in the voices of characters. I would be like to explore these things in my shows more.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

Loo Roll-filled adventure

If you could work with anybody, from any point in history, who would you pick and why?

I would like to have worked with Victoria Wood - reckon we would have had a great laugh.

Why would a performer opt to do either a ticketed event or participate in the free fringe? What are the benefits and limitations of both?

I have done both. I think you have to just focus on getting a venue that's right for your show (also sometimes just getting a venue is tricky) and try and make it work. I'm at the Pleasance this year for the first time. They are super supportive of the show from start to finish. Also, I have done Bobs BlunderBus and that was great too.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a show up to the fringe?

Work hard on your show, focus in on it and try to not get consumed by other people journeys.

When and where can people see your show?

5.45pm Pleasance courtyard 2nd to 28th (not the 16th)

And where can people find, follow and like you online?

@kathrynbond

@bondkatbond

https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/kat-bond-loo-roll#overview


For tickets and more information visit the Ed Fringe website.

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Tom Inniss

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Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe..

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