GUEST BLOG: Edalia Day on Too Pretty to Punch


Edalia/Edward is a transgender/non-binary poet, theatre maker, animator and musician based in Swindon and Norwich. They’re returning to Derby Theatre with their show Too Pretty To Punch and they took a few moments out of their prep to chat to us ahead of their performance for this weekend’s COME AS YOU ARE Festival.

Please sum up TPTP in 3 words
Hilarious. Gripping. Insightful.

Tell us what inspired you to create the piece
I’d begun performing comedy cabaret and wanted to make a show with my comedy songs. As I made it became more and more centred around my experiences as a trans person and the more I delved the more passionate I became about how badly we’re misrepresented in the media and before I knew it those silly comedy songs had no place in the show and I had more material than I knew what to do with.

How do you feel about taking part in CAYA Festival at Derby?
I’m so delighted and honoured to be a part of CAYA and it’s especially wonderful to be performing at Derby. I’ve worked at Derby theatre a lot in the past, with Sarah Brigham’s children’s theatre company Hiccup and have a lot of fondness for the place. When I was developing Too Pretty To Punch last year I tried out 15 minutes at CAYA at Camden People’s theatre as part of their scratch night and then went on to try out a further 25 minutes at Derby Theatre’s Scratch That Itch event a month later. These opportunities along with several other scratch night’s were a huge part of the show’s development and it’s wonderful to get to come back now that the show’s complete and share the finished product.

Tell us what else you’re looking forward to seeing/doing?
I’ve already seen Bullish twice. Once when it opened last year and once this week with my partner in Norwich. I’m still super excited to see it on Sunday. It’s such a brilliant show.

Unfortunately the Sunday is the only day I can do for the festival as I’m currently touring two other shows all over the country, Super Hamlet 64, my spoken word show about gaming and Shakespeare, and The Vulture Song, a play about the partition of India and Pakistan. I’m gutted I can’t see more of the festival and catch the Derby Scratch night this time around.

How will audiences feel when they leave the studio after seeing your show?
Audiences tend to feel exhilarated, moved and full of facts about trans people they never knew. For non trans people this show is about filling you in on all the things people aren’t talking about but really should and about how we’re completely misrepresented in the media in a light hearted, comic way. For trans people this is a show about solidarity; about accepting who you are as a trans person and celebrating it and the wonderful trans community.