To find out more about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Mimi’s Suitcase, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 4 – 26 August 2017. I caught up with writer and actor Ana Bayat:
Describe your show in three words.
Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?
Yes, I’m getting ready for a “performance endurance marathon”, any theatre professional’s dream!
Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?
Fellow theatre lovers and performers from all walks of life.
How do you feel to be performing at your two venues?
St. John’s Church will be a unique experience because of its magnitude and grandeur and Quaker Meeting House should be intimate and perfect for the experience Mimi promises to offer audiences from all over the world. I have performed Mimi’s Suitcase both at intimate venues as well as a 400-seat theatre and, to my surprise, I saw and experienced its impact in both scenarios. It’s very interesting to observe how the technical life of the show pans out in either venue. In that sense, I believe the venues lined up for the fringe, will be perfect in capturing both experiences.
Who or what are your inspirations?
The biggest source of inspiration and energy to carry on making theatre is the realization that through storytelling – whether in the form of full plays or the solo form genre – we can continue to make our fellow humans realize that we have more in common than what sets us apart.
What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?
I hope it will be what has always made me not give up: an innate and inherent love for our shared craft.
What are the future plans for your show?
I envision Mimi’s Suitcase going unimaginable places: being turned into a full musical, a short film, a feature film, a graphic novel, a full-length play. I see it as I see its heroine: versatile and adaptable. In the meantime, I see the show continuing to tour worldwide with a more definite structure and stronger than before marketing plan
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
I quite enjoyed Robert Le Page’s Needles and Opium at A.C.T. I was thrilled when the entire tech team came on stage for curtain call. What I was wishing suddenly came true!
Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?
Mimi’s Suitcase is a universal story about all of us; it’s a tale that transcends place of birth, origins or geographical boundaries. I also believe it’s the only multilingual solo show at the fringe and that it embodies the very spirit of the festival. I look forward to connecting with like-minded people and to continue engaging on a universal level
Writer: Ana Bayat
Design: Elissa Webb; Mahboubeh Shirkhorshidi
Cast: Ana Bayat
Mimi’s Suitcase plays St John’s Church and Quaker Meeting House as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 4 – 26 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.