Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: A Girl And A Gun

Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: A Girl And A Gun

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

Next up in our Spotlight feature is A Girl And A Gun, which plays Edinburgh Festival until 27 August 2017. I caught up with writer and performer Louise Orwin:

Describe your show in three words.

Girls. Guns. LIVE.

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

No, it’s not my first. I’ve performed here a few times before, but this will be the first time I’ve done the whole month (gah!). Previously I’ve brought just-out-of-uni work, and one of my previous solo shows Pretty Ugly– presenting it at Forest Fringe. I’ve always enjoyed bringing my work up here, but never necessarily felt that Edinburgh was the right context for my work. However, over the years more and more work with a performance art/live art feel to it has been presented up here- especially with the arrival and establishment of the excellent Summerhall– so I feel pretty confident that my work fits here nicely now.

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

Loads of stuff! There is literally so much amazing work on at Summerhall that I’m excited about, but specifically: Ontroerend Goed, Wild Bore, Séance… I’m sure more will come to me once the Edinburgh rumour mill starts!

How do you feel to be performing at Summerhall?

Really good. As I mentioned above, I really feel like Summerhall is an excellent context for my work, and its such a lovely, inspiring space to be in- a really great community for the month.

Who or what are your inspirations?

My audiences. I make work that changes on a nightly basis, and it really is the audience that brings it to life. That so much can happen in an hour is a really exciting thing: hearts broken, hopes dashed and then put back together, temporary communities created, feelings of empowerment, struggle..  the list goes on. I have the hots for these kind of spaces and happenings.

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

Having a team- friends, conspirators, colleagues. Drinking water. Not checking social media too much.

What are the future plans for your show?

I’ve already done a UK tour of A Girl and A Gun, so I’ll probably be moving onto touring my current show Oh Yes Oh No, and then of course… making THE NEW ONE. But it will be really good to get A Girl and A Gun back out there in front of people for one last, furious run. I love this show, and I think Edinburgh will love it too.

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

Anatomy of a Suicide at the Royal Court, and Triple Threat at Soho – Fuck. Yes.

Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?

A Girl and A Gun features a new, unprepared male performer every night so it really is a space where anything can happen. It’s totally risky and live – it will point a gun to your head and leave you not sure where you’re begging for more or begging to leave. Edinburgh – you better be ready for this!


Writer: Louise Orwin

Producer: Jen Smethurst

Design: Alex Fernandes (lighting); Josh Pharo (video)

Cast: Louise Orwin; a new unprepared male guest performer every night

A Girl And A Gun plays Summerhall as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 until 27 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.