To find out more about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Bruce, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer and actor Tim Watts:
Describe your show in three words.
Puppet, adventure, comedy.
Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?
The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer; It’s Dark Outside; BRUCE (we did it two years ago).
Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?
I haven’t looked at the guide yet, but I know Trygve Wakenshaw is coming, and Manual Cinema. Both of those shows are great.
How do you feel to be performing at Underbelly Cowgate?
Great! I have performed in the Belly Button twice before and I really like it. I think the space works really well for BRUCE.
Who or what are your inspirations?
I actually get a lot of inspiration from the Edinburgh Fringe. I am looking forward to seeing lots of wild, and crazy stuff that will inspire me for the next couple of years.
What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?
I make time to do a good warm up, and eat healthy. I also avoid going out on a Friday or Saturday – the crowds on the weekends are too much for me. There is also an obligatory hike up Arthur’s Seat at least once during the month.
What are the future plans for your show?
We have some great tours lined up next year for BRUCE, and other shows too. My other shows have been touring around the world now for about eight years, (Alvin Sputnik is on in Japan right now) so it would be great if BRUCE could continue down that path. Actually it’s potentially on the cards to train up a Japanese performer to do a Japanese version of BRUCE. Which would be pretty fun.
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
The Magic City by Manual Cinema.
Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?
Our company (The Last Great Hunt) is doing three different shows this year, all in the Belly Button. The Great Ridolphi, FAG/STAG and BRUCE. Also Wyatt has his own solo show, Parallel Univers-ity. All very different, all great!
Writer: Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd; Tim Watts
Producer: The Last Great Hunt
Cast: Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd; Tim Watts
Image courtesy of Jamie Breen
Bruce plays Underbelly Cowgate as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 3 – 27 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.