The Scotsman Sessions #129: Wendy Wason

Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, comedian Wendy Wason discusses the little things she does to deliberately annoy her husband and why the future might not be so bright for a generation home-schooled by day drinkers

Comedian, actress, writer and voiceover artist Wendy Wason may not have been able to step onto a live stage since coronavirus took hold, but that doesn’t mean she’s had her feet up. “Since mid-March I’d love to say things have been quiet for me,” she says, “but I’ve been home-schooling, cooking and cleaning for five of us, and squeezing bits of voiceover and writing work in as and when I can. I was a little jealous of friends who tell me how bored they were during lockdown, but I suppose it’s been different for everyone. I’ve spent proper time with the family and we all enjoy the longer lunches: we think we’ve gone a bit more Mediterranean.”

With comedy mainly taking place digitally for now, Wason has enjoyed Michael Spicer’s The Room Next Door in which he appears to be feeding lines to the likes of Trump, Johnson and Hancock during their public announcements, and Janey Godley’s voiceovers for Nicola Sturgeon’s daily briefings: “I love it. Even my mum sends me them and she’s not a fan of swearing. I am. I’m a big fan.”

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While the future of live entertainment remains uncertain, Wason hopes at some point to be able to perform parts of the show she had planned for this year’s Fringe. “It was called Self(ish) Portrait, exploring who we are versus who we pretend to be online and in public. I was inspired by the artist Frida Kahlo who painted frequent self-portraits, much like the modern obsession with selfies. I’m not that nice about myself in this show.”

Wendy Wason

Meantime, Wason has put together this video for the Scotsman Sessions in which she discusses the little things she does to deliberately annoy her husband, why the future might not be so bright for a generation home-schooled by day drinkers, and how her own parenting methods changed dramatically upon the arrival of each new child.

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