To find out more about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Woman on Fire, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 4 – 26 August 2017. I caught up with actor Claire Moore:
Describe your show in three words.
Dynamic Dazzling Deeds.
Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?
We previously brought Lady In Red– we were shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.
Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?
Peter Barratt, great grandson of Suffragette Alice Hawkins – a contemporary of my character Edith Rigby. Peter has original memorabilia and kindly offered to lend me some Alice Hawkins, a shoe machinist by trade and mother of six, formed her local city branch of the WSPU in 1907 and went on to be imprisoned five times in all.
How do you feel to be performing at theSpace on North Bridge?
Excited! Not seen it yet but it’s an intimate space being built especially for the fringe. Also pretty nervous that it will be as expected.
Who or what are your inspirations?
It’s tough surviving as a touring theatre company – we get no funding and it’s a struggle to survive but here we are still writing and producing new work since we set up in 1989! So we are our own inspiration – sheer determination is what keeps us going and thankfully our audiences recommending us – word of mouth has ensured our survival.
What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?
Well this year we have a day off so that will be a big help. The support of our venue’s tech team will be crucial to keeping us sane.
What are the future plans for your show?
To tour it across the U.K. next year which is the centenary of when women first got the vote (some women – those over 30 with property) to remind people of women’s struggle for the vote and to light a fire in anyone who wants to campaign on something they care about.
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
Jersey Boys – fab night out!
Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?
We believe in new writing – new writing is the lifeblood of theatre. We have created a unique brand of theatre – writing and producing only original work – we aim to take the harsh, raw elements of life and language, mix them with a startling lyrical flavour and add a touch of attitude, to create something new, edgy, daring and dangerous – to give people what they don’t expect! Using dynamic original theatre we seek to create works of art that are at once dark, beautiful – and human.
Writer/ Director: John Woudberg
Producer: Certain Curtain Theatre Company
Cast: Claire Moore
Woman on Fire plays theSpace on North Bridge as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 4 – 26 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.