Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Brutal Cessation

Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Brutal Cessation

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

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Brutal Cessation, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 28 August 2017. I caught up with actor Lydia Larson:

Describe your show in three words.

Funny, messy, human.

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

In 2014 I performed in We Have Fallen at the Underbelly, written and directed by Jacqui Honess-Martin, and last year I was in a two hander called Travesty, written by comedian Liam Williams, which played at Assembly Rooms.

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

I haven’t done my research yet but Milly Thomas‘ one woman show Dust, Curious Directive‘s Frogman, DollyWould by Sh!t Theatre and How to Win Against History. It clashed with my show last year and now I get a second chance to see it.

How do you feel to be performing at Assembly George Square?

I was there last year so it feels like coming home.

Who or what are your inspirations?

The amazingly talented women who get their work on and their voices heard. Michaela Coel, Sharon Horgan, Jessie Cave and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are constant sources of inspiration. I wish I had their get up and go.

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

Chips and gravy, avoid flyering, staying dry and warm, alone time, a night with Christeene in the bowels of the Underbelly and chats with Mama.

What are the future plans for your show?

A tour and a London run would be really lovely. Oh and they’ve announced a musical of Alanis Morrisette‘s Jagged Little Pill. If anyone from casting is reading, I have basic guitar and know all the lyrics.

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

I loved Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour.

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

Yes – our writer Milly Thomas is bloody awesome. She’s written for BBC shows River City and Clique and is totally one to watch.


Writer: Milly Thomas

Director: Beth Pitts

Producer: Michelle Barnette

Cast: Lydia Larson; Alan Mahon

Image courtesy of Rebecca Pitt

Brutal Cessation plays Assembly George Square as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 3 – 28 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.


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