Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Out Of Love

Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Out Of Love

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

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Out Of Love, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 4 – 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer Elinor Cook:

Describe your show in three words.

The female gaze.

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

It’s the first piece I’ve written that has gone to the Fringe. I’m excited to bring such a female driven piece to the festival. I wanted to write characters who disrupt that idea of the ‘strong woman’, which is a pedestal women are always having to wrestle to be taken off. And it felt important to forefront a friendship between two women, over any kind of romantic relationship. That still doesn’t get written about enough.

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

Gary McNair‘s Locker Room Talk, Louise Orwin‘s A Girl and a Gun, The Royal Court‘s Manwatching, Middle Child‘s All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

How do you feel to be performing at Summerhall?

The Roundabout is an intimate and exposing space, which demands the most front-footed kind of playwrighting. It’s an electric space which has a very unique relationship with its audience. I’ve always wanted to write for it.

Who or what are your inspirations?

At the moment I’m reading a lot of Deborah Levy – her novels, even though she’s also a playwright. She does really exciting things with form and voice, and has that rare ability to compress entire poems into one or two words

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

Walking to Arthur’s Seat.

What are the future plans for your show?

The play is touring around the country, before transferring to the Orange Tree Theatre at the beginning of 2018.

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

It was actually a production of my play Image of an Unknown Young Woman (on at the Gate at 2015) which was performed by graduating Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama students, and directed by Mel Hillyard. So many drama schools are really forward thinking in their programming now, and that’s really heartening to see. RWCMD are one of the real pioneers of that.


Writer: Elinor Cook

Director: James Grieve

Producer: Paines Plough

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

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

Image courtesy of Jonathan Keenan

Out Of Love 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.