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5 questions for the Fringe: Melanie Wilson
Each day for the 16 days of ABSOLUT Fringe 2011 in Dublin, we quiz the creatives on how they work, why they work – and their tips for the festival.

IN TODAY’S MINI-INTERVIEW with an ABSOLUT Fringe 2011 figure, we throw five rapid-fire questions at Autobiographer performer, writer and sound artist Melanie Wilson.

Autobiographer is playing the Smock Alley Theatre today at 3pm and tomorrow at 3pm and 8.30pm.

Melanie Wilson, tell us about your ABSOLUT Fringe:

Describe your show to’s readers in 20 words:

Autobiographer is a sound poem for performance, woven from the last remembered fragments of the life of a woman with dementia.

Do you have any special rituals you just have to carry out before a performance/reading/exhibition?

Teeth brushing and listening to Patti Smith.

What’s the best/worst audience reaction you’ve ever had to your work?

The best audience reaction has been the forging of lasting friendships from people who have come to see my work.

What/who do you recommend we go see at Absolut Fringe 2011?

‘On The Edge of Things is A Fierce Beauty’ by Macnas. I have only a very small understanding of what this work is, but what an incredible and inspiring title! I shall be going along tonight.

What has inspired you or made you happy today?

Memories of my last visit to Dublin. I really enjoy this city and am honoured to be able to show my work here.

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