True Ro­mance

QASIM PERACHA chats to Bucks co­me­dian Char­lotte Gal­lagher as she makes her Ed­in­burgh Fringe fes­ti­val de­but ... as a ro­mance nov­el­ist

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Co­me­dian and ac­tress Char­lotte Gal­lagher chats about her Ed­in­burgh Fringe de­but... as a ro­mance nov­el­ist

COM­EDY is rarely an hon­est sport. I can’t be the only one who, mid-laugh­ter, has thought ‘that prob­a­bly didn’t hap­pen, but oh well’.

Char­lotte Gal­lagher is dif­fer­ent. Sharp and sear­ingly hon­est, she in­ter­rupts the in­ter­view to ask “You won’t be mean about me will you?”

Char­lotte grew up in Lit­tle Chal­font and chose to pur­sue a ca­reer in act­ing. At just 29, she has an im­pres­sive CV hav­ing ap­peared on stage and screen.

She en­joyed comedic act­ing so much, she had a word with some friends and col­leagues and de­vel­oped a one woman show: Car­lotta de Galleon – A Fool for Love.

Car­lotta is her al­ter ego, an ac­claimed ro­mance nov­el­ist (in her head) who has never been in love and never writ­ten a book but, with the help of the au­di­ence, cre­ates a unique ro­mance novel plot in ev­ery show.

Char­lotte says she grew up on ro­mance nov­els. “I loved them. I lived my life by them.”

For her these nov­els re­ally helped her man­age to get to grips with who she was.

“The char­ac­ters in these nov­els are fem­i­nists but kind of not, self-as­sured but also kind of not.

“They don’t know who they are but they also dis­cover ex­actly who they are,” she ex­plained.

This kind of pas­sion­ate ver­bal­i­sa­tion of her love for the genre shows it’s more than a gim­mick.

Dur­ing her first few shows, Char­lotte saw her ex­pan­sive li­brary of ro­mance lit­er­a­ture start to dwin­dle as books were bor­rowed by like minded au­di­ence mem­bers, and the set started to thin.

A call to lead­ing ro­mance novel pub­lisher Mills & Boon led to a fruit­ful part­ner­ship as they have teamed up with her for the show at Fringe.

When I asked Char­lotte about her favourite ro­mance au­thors she gave the fol­low­ing list: Any­thing Mills & Boon Nora Roberts Eloisa James Jill Salvish Lisa Kley­pas I’ve never read a ro­mance novel, so when I asked her why she had got­ten so hope­lessly ad­dicted to these au­thors, she said: “A good ro­mance novel com­pels you to keep read­ing to the end”.

Car­lotta de Galleon – A Fool for Love will be show­ing ev­ery day un­til Au­gust 28 at Spotlites, Venue 278 at 3.55pm.

Love fool: Char­lott Gal­lagher AKA Car­lotta de Galleon

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