To find out more about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 4 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with Middle Child:
Describe your show in three words.
Epic gig theatre.
Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?
No, we’ve been up a few times now – most recently with Ten Storey Love Song (2016), which won a Bobby Award, and Weekend Rockstars (2015), which won the Musical Theatre Network’s Development Award. Both of those productions were written by Luke Barnes, as is All We Ever Wanted Was Everything this year.
Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?
Loads of stuff – all of the other Hull companies up as part of the Hull 2017 Takeover; A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) (Silent Uproar), Bare Skin On Briny Waters (Bellow), Sad Little Man (Pub Corner Poets) and Frogman (Curious Directive).
How do you feel to be performing at Summerhall?
We’re so excited, Roundabout is our favourite venue at the festival – a truly social space which brings audiences together. We’re looking forward to filling it with instruments and noise.
Who or what are your inspirations?
Audiences. We’re absolutely obsessed with offering a new type of experience which brings people together and sends them back out into the world with more passion. We exist to challenge perceptions of what a night at the theatre can be and that’s a really exciting provocation to start making work.
What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?
Be nice. It’s easy to be sucked into a hard, mean, judgemental world during the festival. Just remember that everyone is working so hard to be there, making all kinds of sacrifices. There’s nothing to be gained from negativity. If you like something, shout about it. If you don’t, either make your criticism useful or keep it to yourself.
What are the future plans for your show?
We’re hoping there’s further life for it – we’d love to take it anywhere that has an image problem with the word ‘theatre’.
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
Ostermeier’s Richard III at the Barbican. Blew my mind
Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?
If you’re looking for a good night out with big ideas in it, come see the show. It’s full of great tunes and tries to make sense of the world we inherited and the one we’re creating.
Writer: Luke Barnes
Director: Paul Smith
Producer: Middle Child
Design: Bethany Wells; James Fewer (music)
Cast: Alice Beaumont; Emma Bright; Bryony Davies; James Frewer; Marc Graham; Joshua Meredith; James Stanyer
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything plays Sumerhall as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 4 – 27 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.