Storytelling, music and physical theatre combine in Emergence from The Pachamamas. Here, Lorraine Sutherland tells us more, including a bit about a life-sized penguin…

Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?

We are early birds with an early treat – we will be showing at the Underbelly’s Belly Button at 11.20 am for the duration of the Fringe (except Aug 15).

Our show is a magical realist tale told by a dusty cabaret singer about a mum, daughter and making the most of the time we’ve got. Interspersed by lame jokes and observations on the universe, this hilarious, entertaining and moving story unfolds. Come along and meet a mother obsessed with birds, find out the importance of wrapping up when it’s cold, discover that mum’s Abba dance routine leaves a lot to be desired and come face to face with a life-sized penguin. Emergence is a galvanising concoction of storytelling, cabaret, physical theatre and a capella singing. Quite something before you’ve even had lunch!

What are you expecting from the Edinburgh Fringe?

The unexpected! Anything can happen at the Fringe – that’s what makes it so exciting! Last year I even bumped into my mum’s neighbour’s son – very rock n roll! It’ll be a thrill to get out onto the Royal Mile and meet the public – probably a tad chilly, but we cannot wait to get going.

What’s been your funniest experience performing the show so far?

During our rehearsals we became rather unnaturally obsessed with some seagulls nesting on the roof. Like mini David Attenboroughs we watched them flirt, mate, lay eggs, hatch and learn to fly, all whilst sipping coffee and commenting from the window. We even Skype one another about their progress when we’re apart. Sad, we know.

If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?

Well, the show has a little bit of Abba in it and a life-sized penguin – so naturally the combination of these two would have to be on the cards. Maybe Abba singing down the Royal Mile in a sea of penguins doing some funky moves. Or, it could be more surreptitious than that – promotion when you least expect it! Like when you are just nodding off or in the shower – the penguin peeks around the shower curtain or even odder, a member of Abba. Even with all the money in the world, I’m not sure this would be legal!

Alternatively, because the heart of the show is really about the inevitability of time passing, it might be nice to ask members of the public how they would choose to spend the following 24 hours of their lives and make it happen (I’m a member of the Jim’ll Fix It generation). They wouldn’t have to worry about work or other obligations, they would be able to select exactly how, with whom and where they would choose to spend this time. It might be at the seaside building sandcastles with friends. Or, lounging on the sofa watching back-to-back episodes of Colombo with your mum.

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

We all have quite different tastes – between us we are hoping to see; Adrian Howells May I Have The Pleasure?, Steven Berkoff, as are most people! Free Time Radical by The Frequency D’ici and Colour Me Happy by Group 13. Quite a motley bunch really! Oh, and my mum’s neighbour’s son, of course!

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

Next project! No, maybe a wee rest and a wee whiskey in a cosy pub.

Sum up your show in three words for us

Inspiring, hilarious and moving!

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