Hamilton Fringe Festival

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Meet Tammy McLeod-Casey, the Musing Madwoman

Posted by on Jul 11, 2019

The Fringe is known for being a space where artists and audiences can take risks, try something new, and dive in headfirst.

That can even mean a company from the waitlist getting the opportunity to join the festival late – maybe with less than two weeks notice!

This is your chance to get to know Tammy McLeod-Casey, the artist behind The Merry Musings of a Mediocre Madwoman.

 

 


A mini-interview between Associate Producer Franny McCabe-Bennett and Tammy McLeod-Casey, conducted online with 10 minutes notice:

Franny McCabe-Bennett: Who is completing this interview today?

Tammy McLeod-Casey: I am Tammy McLeod-Casey – writer/performer – the one and only “ranter” in the show.

Our server is waiting – what kind of food or drink would you order?

I will have a coffee with cream please, and maybe a little “Hello Dolly” square?  Why not add to my voluptuousity with such subtlety?

Congratulations on making it off the waitlist! What position were you on the waitlist when you got your show spot?

I was stunned because I was 5th on the waitlist; the Creative Spirit has a plan.

What were you doing when you got the call that you could join the Hamilton Fringe as a late add company off the waitlist? Give us the inside scoop!

I was walking out the door to get my kids from their Performing Arts’ Camp.  I abhor the heat and it was like Hades outside; now, top it off with a “crank call” to make me more irate…but then, Claire’s voicemail happened?  “Tammy, it is on!”  The kids carried it by chanting: “Of course you can Mom!”

Did you think you’d get the chance to perform in the Fringe this year or did we totally blow your mind??

I thought it was a “no go” but, then, that call – a week and a half away?  It has to be M-C Tammer time!

Why did you decide to participate in this year’s Fringe?

I have wanted to do Fringe for 25 years now.  However, this time, I had wrote the show; it was good to go, and road-tested ready – can I use anymore cliches?

Why should Hamiltonians search our your show to see? Give us your elevator pitch! 

I am in love with the truth: the tantalizing, threatening, terribly, terrific, truth – mine and yours – together. The Merry Musings of a Mediocre Madwoman is an unencumbered, unapologetic, and sometimes, unforgiving foray into thoughts that we all float and often allow to ferment. With my interesting antics, I want to reach and engage others with humour and inspire even small change in the world.

What are you most terrified of, as a late-add company?

The massive mountain of memorization for me in not so many days.  Also with Mercury retrograde, social media, plus publicity is even more required, and I am just really rubbish at it.

What are you most excited about, as a late-add company?

Trusting that it is, indeed, Tammy truth time.

Why do you think Fringe artists are more willing to take risks and jump at opportunities than other folks?

They are crazy, creative, compassionate collaborators cooperating and carrying on for a cascade of causes.

What advice would you give to another late-add company?

Magic happens

How would you describe the Fringe, in 5 words?

Fun, fantastical, fierce, fervent fray

How would you describe yourself as an artist, in 5 words?

Tenacious truth-teller of tantalizing tales

How would you describe your show, in 5 words?

Honest, open, outspoken, original, optimistic

What else do you need the Fringe world to know??

Here we go…enjoy it.

Buy tickets to The Merry Musings of a Mediocre Madwoman now!