3 Minutes with Francesca Beard

FRANCESCA BEARD is a charismatic and funny writer and performer on the UK circuit. We had the pleasure of working with her 10 years ago (via renaissance one on Modern Love). She's developed a number of shows and formats since. We'd certainly vouch for her allusions to the finest vinegar (see below). Here's what she says:

What are you most passionate about?

I'm passionate about being as light as possible about the important stuff.

What 3 words would you say best describe you?

Luck, low cunning.

Are there any comedians you'd cite as exploring the taboo, or saying 'the unsayable'?

Louis CK's series ‘Lucky Louis’ was really great at the making me laugh at difficult awkward stuff.

What's an important piece of insider knowledge you have as a writer and performer?

Turn up on time, sober and show courtesy to the people you're working with.

Have you or your work changed in the last 5 - 10 years and if so, in what way?

I have mellowed with age, like a fine vinegar.

What do you think about the comedy meets spoken word aspect of Tilt's 'Is It Something I Said?'

I like the combination of comedy and spoken word - it makes the comedy audience softer and more listeny and the spoken word audience sharper an more rigorous.

Are there any artists you'd cite as an inspiration?

I love John Hegley's work. Big fan of Ty, Stacy Makishi, Roger Robinson, Sophie Woolley...

What creative masterpieces do you wish you'd written or created?

Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Nickolodeon's Avatar, The Last Airbender.

Any upcoming projects you're excited by?

London Tales, a poetic map of London for live and digital platforms, developed with B3 Media.

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