Betty Grumble: Love and Anger (or Sex Clown Saves the World Again!) is a show that almost defies description.
The show is a ritualistic flesh riot. It’s a cabaret of rage, love making and total beauty.
What does Edinburgh mean to you?
Edinburgh is a chance to connect. It’s a wild convention of wyrdos and magic makers. It’s a kinky mistress and exercise in endurance.
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by the liberated, punk-ing spirit of Wild Womanhoods. Annie Sprinkle’s sensual worship of sex and sexecology makes me wanna come more and harder. Her and artists like her teach us that Pleasure is a radical act.
Describe your best or worst experiences on stage.
The best is when the line between artist and audience drops away and the whole room becomes a whirling mass of bodies. That’s the best and if you’re lucky, it happens often. Beam me up!
Describe your best or worst review.
Real life connections with people post show. Nothing beats real, unfiltered, unregulated connection. The hearts a real-talking critic.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you be?
What was the last book you read?
Little Birds – Anais Nin
Why Love and Anger?
To quote a citation on Aizen Myoo (A Goddess of Love from Japan) ‘Penetrating Love…. or Anger… reminds us of the power to transform desire and passion into compassion.’ Love and Anger is a mantra I use to channel my feelings of helplessness towards a world that seems corrupt beyond repair. Love & Anger lets us into each other’s feelings. All pain and all beauty are connected.
Imagine that the BBC have asked you to produce a primetime show. What would it be and who else would be involved?
It would be ECOSEXUALS UNITE and David Attenborough, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens and a whole gang of ecosexuals would travel the world making love to her. Peaches would do the soundtrack.