Nancy Dell’Olio comes to Edinburgh Fringe

Nancy Dell'Olio. Pic: Comp

Nancy Dell'Olio. Pic: Comp

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NANCY Dell’Olio is a lawyer, an author, an entrepreneur and a TV personality, but the chances are, all you remember her for is a romantic liaison with former England football manager Sven-Goren Eriksson

The 53-year-old comes to the Fringe this week to set the record straight.

In her solo show, Rainbows From Diamonds, at the Gilded Balloon, Dell’Olio reveals her secrets on surviving with glamour as she shares her beliefs on living a self-empowered life.

“It’s a one-woman show with stories from my life,” she explains. “It’s about sharing my ideas, advice, my experiences, especially from the part of my life that I have been in the UK.

“Of course, for the Fringe you have to condense it into an hour,” she adds, revealing there are plans to take it to London, and that she would love to see it on TV.

Born and brought up in New York and Rome, Dell’Olio is now based in London, where she works as a successful lawyer, advising clients on business transactions, many of which involve public affairs and often bringing people together to form successful ventures.

“I think Rainbows From Diamonds gives more of an idea of who I really am, rather than what you get from the papers.

“I want to have fun. Want people to have fun. It’s not a comedy, but the audience I hope will be entertained, it’s an instrument to let people get to know me better. To see the other side.”

The bubbly celebrity continues, “When you give an interview, everything you say is always lost in translation because everyone is an interpreter. The writer wants to give their interpretation. Now that is normal, but in this piece I can show my sense of humour, and do one of the most important things, share my energy.”

Having never been on stage before, Dell’Olio admits she’s nervous ahead of her opening night on Thursday. She laughs when asked if she is ready.

“No. Not exactly. We will see on the night. I am very nervous and excited at the same time. I have butterflies in my stomach. Ask me again after the first night.”

Described as ‘confessional and inspirational,’ Dell’Olio holds court for an hour in which she shares her passion for life and advice for getting through the dark times, secure in the knowledge that the best is yet to come. 

“It is a great challenge. You need a lot of courage. They say I’m brave, and yes I am,” she laughs again. “But I’m used to holding court and I will just pretend that I am hosting a bigger dinner party than the ones when I am just with my friends.”

No stranger to the Fringe, Dell’Olio has wanted to perform in her own show here for some time now.

She says, “For the last couple of years I have always spent a weekend or two during the Festival in Edinburgh.

“I suppose doing a play here was something that I always wanted to do, but it was decided to do this at the last minute. I think I made the right decision, but we shall see.”

Not that she is too worried. “I know Edinburgh well. The Fringe has a great energy, it’s so positive because everything is creative, which I like. I love seeing all the new talent.

“It’s just a great place to be and a very prestigious place to showcase new work. Really, Edinburgh was the best place to start.”

Nancy Dell’Olio: Rainbows From Diamonds, Gilded Balloon, Dining Room, Thursday-24 August, 8.15pm, £11-£13, 0131-226 0000