Direct from the dirty back alleys of London, failed drag icon Myra DuBois has earned her keep here in the capital... for reasons we couldn’t possibly mention here. Use your imagination. Now she’s packing her leopard print bag and hitching a ride to Edinburgh with new show Self AdMyra. So naturally, we get up close and personal with Rotherham’s least celebrated daughter.
Why is Myra on the move to the Fringe
this summer? I’ve been pushed up there, really! Some people got in touch with me after I did The John Bishop Show last year and said that I should take the show up to Edinburgh, so here we are. It’s nice because I’m the least motivated person in the world, so it’s good to have people pushing me to do it.
Have you performed at the Fringe
before? I did Edinburgh in 2010 with Eat Your Heart Out, which was a cabaret show run by Scottee. Do you know Scottee? It was just like a ten minute thingy for two weeks. Are you nervous about returning? I’m not nervous at all. Is that conceited? That's confident... Confident! Yeah, confident [Laughs]
Speaking of confident, let's talk about the title, Self AdMyra. A little egotistical, no? Myra’s a really egotistical person! A wonderful combination of an astounding belief in her own talent without any sort of basis in reality. If anything negative is said about her, she just doesn’t hear it. If anything wonderful’s said about trend in Edinburgh for people to shoehorn their own name into the title. So I thought if Myra was going to go to Edinburgh, she’d probably do that, too!
Who’s the inspiration behind Myra? I went to a fancy dress night at the University and Rose West, just for shits and giggles. We adopted the names for a laugh and made up stories about what they did that weekend. They became removed from Myra Hindley and Rose West connotations and I entered a cabaret show because I wanted to see if Myra worked on stage. I wrote ten minutes of material, it went really well and it rolled from there. What can you tell us about Self AdMyra? We promise to jeep the secrets... For the very first time, Myra's singing originalsongs. Lawrence,a composer, has written the music and I’ve written the