Fringe Fever: We Catch Up with Claudia Barrie (Sydney Fringe)

 Today we speak with Claudia Barrie, who will be performing her show – Baby With The Bathwater –  at the 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival. has invited independent artists from the Sydney and Melbourne Fringe festivals for a quick chat about their shows, their quirks and their thoughts on the fringe. Today we speak with Claudia Barrie, who will be performing her show – Baby With The Bathwater –  at the 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival.

The Show

What’s your show called?

Baby with the Bathwater 


How much are tickets?

$28/ $22. Groups of 10 + $20

Fringe Artisits $5 rush tickets 


Are tickets available at the door?



When is it on?

12-22nd September. Shows remaining: 

Sat 17th @9pm, 

Sun 18th @5pm

Tuesday 20th @ 7pm

Wed 21st @ 7pm

Thursday 22nd @7pm

Where is it on?
New Theatre, 542 King St Newtown
How do you get there by public transport?
Train to Newtown station or any bus that heads down King St! 
Is there parking?
Yes. Plenty of unrestricted parking, especially off King St 



What is the URL link to your show on the fringe website?

A Quick Chat With Claudia… 

Baby with the bathwaterWhat three words best describe your Fringe show?Hilarious. Brutal. Absurd 
Who does your show speak to?Parents. People with parents. Everyone
What other Fringe show will you NOT miss?Flaw Plan- Nikki Britton’s one woman show. She is brilliant! And of course the Day The Sky Turned Black.
What do you love most about the Sydney Fringe?It’s an eclectic stomping ground
How many Sydney Fringes have you performed in?This is my first, but our director, Andrew Johnston dominated the fringe with his one man show, Rip Whitening last year (winning the People’s Choice Award) and directed Zetland at Sidetrack. (nominated for Excellence in New Theatre)
If you could invite anyone to see your show (and you know they would come), who would it be?Baz Luhrmann. One of our cast members, the lovely Brendan Maclean is currently filming The Great Gatsby with Baz. We would love to see him there! 🙂  What is the best theatre advice you’ve received?Have fun What was your most embarrassing moment on stage?I don’t get embarrased Do you have any pre- or post-show rituals?Yep. The Power Of Acting cheer.  It is a joke between the cast. We like to have a laugh.  What’s your favourite theatre superstition? Do you believe it?Don’t wish someone good luck. Sure I do. 😉
What was the last book you read?Alice in Wonderland 
What TV show do you never miss?Offspring. But now it’s off season, Underbelly. 
What film will you watch again and again?There are about 10 in my repetiore. Some of them are: Love Actually, The Wedding Singer and Labyrinth 

Who will hate your Fringe show?No-one I hope. Maybe someone with no sense of humour. 
What show changed how you see theatre? Why?I see a LOT of theatre. Shows that have stuck in my mind: Smoke and Mirrors, I am My Own Wife, After Mrs Rochester, August: Osage County, Mercury Fur 
 What was your first time on stage?Um, When I was in kindergarten. I was very upset I had been cast as the kangaroo in the nativity play (there were a lot of kangaroos in Bethlehem) and my friend was the star. I thought it was becaseu she had straight hair. (I have very curly hair) hehehe. 

What is the first theatre show you remember seeing?Apparently it was a broadway musical in London. I was very young. Maybe 4. Apparently I criend my eyes out when it was over and kept saying to my Mum, “Make them come back!” 

What director/actor/writer would you just die to work with?Claudia Karvan, Quentin Tarantino, Al Pacino. -we can dream, right 😉 

Where in Sydney do you always take visitors?Watson’s Bay. went there yesterday with my boyfriends family. So it’s fresh in my memory. 
How do you have your coffee?Soy cap with one 

What’s the best pizza topping?Peri Peri chicken from Crust Pizza. Yum 
What do love most about your Fringe show?The script is brilliant. The cast are phenomenal and the crew is amazing. And it still makes me laugh. Sometimes Ill be listening back stage and just loose myself, laughing so much. Even after all this time I still find it incredibly funny. 


Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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