Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Hear Me Raw

Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Hear Me Raw

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

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Hear Me Raw, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 2 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer and actor Daniella Isaacs:

Describe your show in three words.

Clean-living gets dirty.

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

In 2014, we debuted Mush and Me at the Underbelly after winning the Ideas Tap Underbelly Award. The show went on to win the Holden Street Theatre Award which meant it transferred to Adelaide Fringe Festival and it also was part of the RADAR Season at The Bush Theatre.

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

LOTS. Jack Rooke’s new show Happy Hour, all of the Paines Plough programme, Ruby Wax: Frazzled (obviously).

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

I’m really excited to be at the Wee Coo it’s such an intimate venue which hopefully means we can create a little bit of magic.

Who or what are your inspirations?

I always remember being in the National Youth Theatre and noticing the tenacity and relentless energy of the writers. I remember watching James Graham, Sarah Solemani and lots of others hone and hone their work right the way through the rehearsal process until they were genuinely proud of it. That process has continued to inspire me since I was really young, it also showed me that working with people that inspire you in a collaborative way is the best route to creating exciting work – so that’s why I was really keen to get back in a room with Director Rosy Banham again. Also, Joe Hampson has really helped me develop the script, having a circle of talented, trusted peers who ‘get it’ is the best way to keep going!

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

I don’t know yet – strangely, my mind has blocked out the low points of the Fringe from last time round. LOADS OF GREEN JUICE?!

What are the future plans for your show?

After the fringe, I’d like to do a tour and London run.

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

This Beautiful Future at The Yard Theatre was mindblowing. The writing was immaculate – it continued to surprise me, and was both hugely joyous yet devastating

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

I hope the show will enable our audiences to reassess what it really means to be well. It’s semi-autobiographical, it features my 105 year-old great aunty, lots of well-known voices (including Charlotte Ritchie and Richard Gadd) and you’ll get smoothies and chocolate too! Namaste.


Writer: Daniella Isaacs

Director: Rosy Banham

Producer: Lipsink, Aine Flanagan Productions & United Agents

Design: Kieran Lucas (sound)

Cast: Daniella Isaacs

Hear Me Raw plays Underbelly George Square as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 2 – 27 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.