Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: No Show

Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: No Show

To find out more about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.

Next up in our Spotlight feature is No Show, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 2 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer and director Ellie Dubois:

Describe your show in three words.

Strong, breath-taking, bruises.

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

I bought my circus show, Ringside, which was for one audience member at a time to Summerhall in 2015. We sold out, got great reviews and were nominated for some awards which was great.

Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?

I’m excited to see some baby shows with my wee one such Snigel and Friends by Caroline Bowditch.

I am also very excited about DollyWould by Sh!t Theatre because they are always thought-provoking and funny, and who wouldn’t want to see a show about Dolly Parton, and Wild Bore at the Traverse Theatre by Zoe Coombs Marr, Ursula Martinez and Adrienne Truscott which sounds subversive and twisted.

How do you feel to be performing at Summerhall?

Great, I’m really happy to be back at Summerhall. They are one of the few venues that exist year round and contribute to the theatre/ arts ecology in Scotland all year round and they have been super supportive of my work.

Who or what are your inspirations?

I still feel like I make a contemporary circus theatre hybrid that is very much my own style and unlike other work being made in the UK. I think that I have more ideas for shows that are exciting and I want to keep making and putting my work in the world. I am also a mother now and that makes working much harder but I think that it’s important that there is performance being made by mothers being placed into the world.

What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?

I’ve always been pregnant when bringing shows to the Fringe (I was in 2015 and am now) so I always go at my own pace. I’m not sure that is a secret to surviving but it makes you go at your own pace and concentrate on what you and the work needs.

What are the future plans for your show?

We would like to tour Scotland and then maybe go to some European circus festivals.

What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?

I really enjoyed Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir’s show at Buzzcut called Elision. It was funny and heartwarming and she is a really talented theatre maker!

Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?

No Show is contemporary circus and theatre hybrid featuring five astonishing and highly skilled female circus performers.  Genuinely strong women.  There will be breath-taking acrobatic feats, the rarely seen discipline of hair-hanging, brilliant Cyr Wheel, personal confessions, some sly humour and genuinely joyous moments. It’s a show suitable for family audiences as well as anyone interested in contemporary theatre and looking to see British circus take a new direction.


Writer/ Director:  Ellie Dubois

Producer:  Nicola Lawton

Designer: Jennie Loof (costume); Chris Hoyle (lighting)

Cast:  Francesca Hyde; Kate McWilliam; Michelle Ross; Lisa Chudalla; Alice Gilmartin

Image courtesy of Chris Reynolds

No Show plays Summerhall as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 2 – 27 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.