To find out more about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Odyssey, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 2 – 28 August 2017. I caught up with Theatre Ad Infinitum:
Describe your show in three words.
Thrilling, Unbelievable, Gripping.
Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?
2017 will be the 10th year Theatre Ad Infinitum is coming to the Fringe. It also coincides with our 10-year anniversary as a company. Almost all of our productions have enjoyed their premieres at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe so it’s very dear to our heart. Some of our previous productions include: Ballad of the Burning Star, Light and Bucket List.
Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?
Our long standing collaborator and friend, Amy Nostbakken, who’s based in Toronto, is bringing an award-winning show called Mouthpiece to the Canadian Hub and we simply can’t wait to see it.
How do you feel to be performing at Pleasance Dome?
Since the first time we came to the festival we’ve been performing at The Pleasance so it feels a little bit like our home for the summer. We know their way of doing things and they know ours. There’s so much that is unpredictable during the month of the fringe so we feel fortunate to have a constant.
Who or what are your inspirations?
Our audience and their reactions to our work. Running an independent theatre company is tough. It takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication. The reason we do it is because we are passionate about the themes our work deals with, and the stories we believe are important to tell.
What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?
There’s no secret. Suffer through it and remember that it ends. Just joking… Make sure to fill yourself up on theatre for the year, and speak to people. the festival is such an excellent event and it attracts people from all over the world and they all have different and interesting perspectives about theatre and how to make it – and sometimes how you might be able to make it together.
What are the future plans for your show?
Both Translunar Paraidse and Odyssey have toured the world with each being performed more than 300 times. We are hoping to tour both productions again in Spring 2018.
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
Hot Brown Honey at last year’s Fringe. Don’t Touch My Hair. Phenomenal piece.
Writer: Nir Paldi; George Mann
Director: Nir Paldi
Producer: Theatre Ad Infinitum
Design: Clare Amos (costume)
Cast: George Mann
Odyssey plays Pleasance Dome as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 2 – 28 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.