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ODETTE!

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Venue:The Phoenix, 46-48A Broughton Street Edinburgh EH1 3SA
Phone: 0131 557 6944
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Phoenix Below
AUG 3-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-27 at 22:55 (60 min)
 
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Meet the Aussie cleaning lady everybody loves to love!
Brain child of Gaulier graduate Marina Margarita, the heavily pregnant and hormonal Odette dreams of stardom and romance on American dayatime soap 'The Bold and The Beautiful' - will her dreams come true?
A hilarious new character comedy with some songs thrown in for good measure!


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August 7, 2017  The Mumble
There is a certain young lady out there this Fringe called Marina Margarita, a fast-talking, bizarrely brilliant, ‘cleaning lady number seven’ from Australia who you may see flyering in the Broughton Street area the New Town in the most unfashionable of attire. I mean, she’s funny before she even opens her mouth, & when she does open her mouth, revealing a set of saintly & exceptionally well-polished teeth, she gets even funnier. Her attractive & colorful rapid patter is like receiving a loose fist beating of a really good masseuse, hitting those tight spots of social anxiety & releasing them all like starlings from a trap. Her command over our comedy pleasure-zones is both instantaneous & continuous & I really don;t have any choice to award her top marks. In a comedy world full of jokes & stand-up comedians who think they’re funny, when they’re clearly not, its refreshing to know that ‘clowning about’ & acting silly has the same effect on we moderns as it did, lets say, Will Sommers had upon Henry VIII.

Marina is a brilliant actress, a fantastic singer (tho she uses her sweetly resonating voice quite frugally) & a complete master of the mop, which swept us up into whatever the hell planet her creative genii lives on. In a recent interview with the Mumble, she described her education at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier, also the origins of Odette;

A mother of 4, my Mum had a lot on her plate when we were kids so Portuguese mother and daughter team, Odette and Erbelina, used to come and clean the house for us every few weeks. When I was first toying with the idea of Odette as a character I recorded several Spanish and Portuguese friends to try and develop a convincing accent but the minute I stepped on stage in character, a broad ocker Aussie voice came out! I’ve had a ball developing the show through trying 10 – 20 minutes at various comedy cabarets across London. She hasn’t always brought the house down, but I’ve kept all the bits that have and woven them into the show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Her snippets of spellbinding audience interaction work so much better than the vast majority of others. I mean, my wife was involved & had a jolly good time of it. The next morning, I’m like, ‘hey, you should do your own fringe show, it was cool’ – shes like nah, then, ‘y’know, I might have to have a think about it;’ this is the power of Marina Margarita. Her mind has been an ingenious rock-cutter that has found a wee niche in the Mount Comedy corpus, a cave of delights we should all take time to explore. Her creation, Odette, represents a rose-like blossoming of her substantial talents, & for anyone in Edinburgh this month, at the perfect time of night between tiddly & pissed, go see Odette at 48 Below. Click Here

August 5, 2017 The Mumble
An Interview With Marina Margarita
You are bringing your show ‘Odette!’ to the Fringe this August, can you tell us about it?
Clown inspired character comedy, ‘Odette!’ tells the story of a ballsy, brash, heavily pregnant Aussie cleaning lady with big dreams of romance and stardom on cheesy American daytime TV soap ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’. It’s playful and fun, moving in parts, and unashamedly OTT. Oh, and there are a few songs thrown in for good measure!

How did you select your material for Odette?
A mother of 4, my Mum had a lot on her plate when we were kids so Portuguese mother and daughter team, Odette and Erbelina, used to come and clean the house for us every few weeks. When I was first toying with the idea of Odette as a character I recorded several Spanish and Portuguese friends to try and develop a convincing accent but the minute I stepped on stage in character, a broad ocker Aussie voice came out! I’ve had a ball developing the show through trying 10 – 20 minutes at various comedy cabarets across London. She hasn’t always brought the house down, but I’ve kept all the bits that have and woven them into the show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Can you sum up your show in a single sentence?
Heavily pregnant and hormonal Odette, the Aussie cleaning lady everyone loves to love, floats on soap opera bubbles and shakes her booty to win the heart of super star Ridge at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Click Here

May 28, 2017 Michael Calcott's Fringey Bits
Odette!
Odette is a piece of work! I mean that. She is as tough as nails and as soft as butter, a sarcastic shrew with a romantic streak as big as her mouth. She will make your eyes roll and your jaw drop but most of all she will make you laugh. A lot. Marina Margarita is Odette and is she ever! She takes serious chances with her show. Odette dragoons not one but two audience members into full supporting roles, incorporating them and their reactions fully into the action. And it works! Well, it did the night I attended. But who could resist Odette’s winning (and domineering) personality. She may not be beautiful but she is certainly bold. If you want a good laugh, go meet Odette before she rides off into the sunset. You won’t regret it. Click Here

May 28, 2017 Michael Calcott's Fringey Bits
Odette!
Odette is a piece of work! I mean that. She is as tough as nails and as soft as butter, a sarcastic shrew with a romantic streak as big as her mouth. She will make your eyes roll and your jaw drop but most of all she will make you laugh. A lot. Marina Margarita is Odette and is she ever! She takes serious chances with her show. Odette dragoons not one but two audience members into full supporting roles, incorporating them and their reactions fully into the action. And it works! Well, it did the night I attended. But who could resist Odette’s winning (and domineering) personality. She may not be beautiful but she is certainly bold. If you want a good laugh, go meet Odette before she rides off into the sunset. You won’t regret it. Click Here

May 30, 2016 PYT Blog
Prague Fringe Festival - Tuesday 30th May
There are a lot of female solo-shows at this Fringe that centre around relationships. Off the top of my head I can name Kontra Alt, Be More, Do Better but Don’t Change and Nothing Like Your Profile Picture. I think what sets Odette! apart is how interesting it is to see a show centring on a pregnant woman. Modern culture avoids representation of pregnant women in paintings and films and when they are depicted they’re usually hysterical and hormonal. Odette! is far from hormonally stable but underneath her erratic mannerisms she is a human being that just wants to be appreciated. The show uses a lot of audience interaction and there are always two people selected to play Shauna and Brian. In the performance I saw, I played Shauna and I can’t speak for the audience but I had tremendous fun slipping into the role of arch nemesis.
As well as being a great actress, Marina sings beautifully and one moment that touched me a lot was her final song where we see her love and devotion for the child she carries. She was thoroughly entertaining, human and relatable – not to mention bold and beautiful. Her character was wonderfully well-defined and I could picture her in pretty much any situation knowing exactly how she’d react and just hear her voice in my head. There is a hilarious evening to be had at Golden Key. Click Here

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