Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: How To Be A Kid

Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: How To Be A Kid

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

Next up in our Spotlight feature is How To Be A Kid, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 4 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer Sarah McDonald Hughes:

Describe your show in three words.

An exciting adventure!

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

No – my company, Monkeywood, brought our show Once in a House on Fire with the Northern Stage programme in 2012.

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

Everything in Roundabout and Summerhall!  And lots of kids shows.

How do you feel to be performing at Summerhall?

Over the moon and really excited.  Roundabout is a truly magical space.

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

Fruit and veg.  And sleep. (And probably not bringing 2 kids with you as I am)!

What are the future plans for your show?

How to Be A Kid will tour with the other Roundabout shows to Salford, Kendal, Margate, Lincoln, Darlington, Poole, Stoke and Luton in Autumn and then all three shows transfer to the Orange Tree early 2018. 

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

I just saw Julius Caesar at Storyhouse in Chester which was amazing – I didn’t expect to love it but I really did, a fantastic, funny, contemporary and arresting production with a brilliant professional and community cast in a beautiful new venue.

I also loved How My Light is Spent at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and will be checking out Alan Harris’ new play Sugar Baby at Summerhall.


Writer: Sarah McDonald Hughes

Director: James Grieve

Producer: Paines Plough, Orange Tree, Theatr Clywd

Design: Peter Small (lighting); Dominic Kennedy (sound)

Cast: Hasan Dixon, Katie Elin-Salt, Sally Messham

How To Be A Kid plays Summerhall as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 4 – 27 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.