To find out more about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Fix, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with actor Rianna Dearden:
Describe your show in three words.
Fast, truthful and rhythmical.
Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?
This is my fourth time performing in shows at the Fringe but the first time not performing with my own company, Lost Watch. Previously we’ve taken Goodstock, KATE and Play for September.
Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?
Secret Life of Humans from New Diorama, Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog from Mad Like Roar, Education Education Education from Wardrobe Ensemble and The Soft Subject (A Love Story) by Chris Woodley.
How do you feel to be performing at Underbelly Cowgate?
Amazing! I really love dark, damp underground tunnels so…
Who or what are your inspirations?
The people around me who relentlessly keep going. Knockback after knockback we’re still here and without them I would have fallen back years ago. Olivia Hirst and Agnes Wild who I founded Lost Watch with, and Lucy Wray who directed our show Goodstock are inspirational to me, and keep me going by being smart, realistic and funny.
New Diorama have to get a mention here too. They have supported Lost Watch over the last few years and given bucket loads of morale support. This has allowed me to continue working as an individual artist too and they inspire me to fight to improve the industry and my own work.
What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?
Pre-show bananas and the Marks and Spencer’s Café on Princes Street (No phone signal, no wifi, cracking hot dogs and victoria sponge. YOU’RE WELCOME.)
What are the future plans for your show?
After the fringe we’re heading to Plymouth and the Bike Shed in Exeter. We’re then heading back for three weeks at Theatre Royal Stratford East and after that I hope the show continues to tour nationally and internationally. It’s about addiction, which is such a broad subject that affects so many people.
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
Yerma at the Young Vic. It was very good and I think about it all the time.
I also saw an amazing show in Reykjavik whilst I was working in Iceland this year, called GIRLS. It was a dance piece with only 14-16 year old girls in it, which they had mostly choreographed themselves. There were about 20 of them and it was so incredible to see so many young girls on stage at one time, doing something really cool.
Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?
I might do some rapping and I feel I might need to warn people of that.
Writer: Joe Sellman-Leava; Michael Woodman
Director: Katharina Reinthaller
Producer: Worklight Theatre
Design: Sam Hollis Pack; Charlotte Anderson (set & costume); Lisandra Mendes and Gustave Robic (music/ sound)
Cast: Rianna Dearden; Fioana Whitelaw; Fin Cormack
Image courtesy of Benjamin Borley
Fix plays Underbelly Cowgate as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 3 – 27 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.