Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Goody

Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Goody

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

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Goody, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 2 – 28 August 2017. I caught up with writer and actor Lucy Roslyn:

Describe your show in three words.

Two great apes.

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

We had a great experience at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 with our debut play The State Vs John Hayes. We had a lot of faith in our show but the festival is such an explosion of great things to see, it is daunting to be a part of it. We attempted to be prepared but there is always a vague feeling of winging it at the festival. We picked up some lovely reviews and by the end we were a sell out show – which was incredible. It was an great springboard for that show which went on to tour the UK with London and New York shows. We also made some great creative allies that year who we keep in touch with and are making great things.

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

There are some great looking circus shows, there are some fascinating movement pieces at Summerhall I’d like to see. The usual suspects are also on the list: Colin Hoult‘s How We Stop The Fascists, Jayde AdamsJayded (see her before you can’t get a ticket: Jayde is an absolute star), Cat Loud‘s cabaret show… Camille O’Sullivan (Where Are We Now) is mandatory obviously. Oh these are just a small handful. It looks to be a really fascinating year of work. I wish everyone the best of luck.

How do you feel to be performing at Pleasance Courtyard?

We’ve seen so many brilliant shows at The Pleasance over the years so we’re delighted to be a part of it! Quite a few of our friends are also there this year, which will be nice. We’re also in the brand new Pleasance Beside pop up box bespoke venue which looks beautiful and we can’t wait to be in it.

Who or what are your inspirations?

You never quite know how close you are to the top of the hill. If you stop, you may have been only one step away from something brilliant. If you keep going even when it’s tough, think how great you’ll feel when you’re looking out at the view.  I was also once involved in a seance as a child and it told me to Work Hard. The prospect of slacking off is now too frightening to risk.

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

You should go in knowing yourself and how you work, you have to do your show proud. If the crowds are overwhelming maybe duck out of them now and then, go somewhere quiet for a while. Sit in the park and write, maybe read. Look at the sky and do nothing. Wander home at a reasonable time.

However we tried all these things the last time we were there and it was still total chaos.

What are the future plans for your show?

We will be bringing Goody back to the Greenwich Theatre for four nights alongside Rendered Retina directly after the festival which will be great. Hopefully the festival will help us springboard Goody into some nice opportunities for the future. Meanwhile we are also beginning to set up our second show See The Elephant.  We’ll be looking to get this one up and running early 2018 which we’re really looking forward to!

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

Les Enfant TerriblesAlice Adventure Underground was brilliant, utterly charming. The scope of it and the planning it must have taken is mindblowing. I was talking with my friend at the end (we’d taken different routes) and we’d seen completely different things. I also saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this year… enough said. Despite loving small intimate theatre these are two enormous shows which brought the house down.

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

Goody is set to be one part of a larger series of interlinking shows all set within the same circus, we hope this will prove and interesting debut for the series. We researched Goody for around two years, looking into case histories and going to different zoos and sanctuaries, talking with the keepers. Because of this research, and how much Goody is inspired by the experiences of these apes, we will be using any profits from the show to adopt the beautiful chimps of Monkey World ape sanctuary in Dorset, as many times over as we can.


Writer: Lucy Roslyn

Director: Jamie Firth

Producer: Boon Dog Theatre

Cast: Lucy Roslyn; Jesse Rutherford

Image courtesy of Paul Hancock

Goody plays Pleasance Courtyard as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 2 – 28 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.