Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Kin

Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Kin

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

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Kin, which plays Edinburgh Festival until 26 August 2017. I caught up with performer Beren D’Amico:

Describe your show in three words.

Funny. Dangerous. Intense.

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

We premiered our very first show BROMANCE in 2014 and returned with it in 2015. Edinburgh has such good memories for us because it launched us into our professional careers.  We opened our show here and it went all over the world.  BROMANCE has a 3 week run in New York in February 2018, that came out of our shows in Edinburgh!!

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

FAUNA, a new show by our friends Rhi (Cave Walker) and Dan (Cave Walker) and colleagues. – they are a lovely company. Also, looking forward to Circolombia who trained with us when they were in London. And hoping to see some edgy innovative theatre.  Our shows are really theatrical so it’s such a treat to see what other  people are doing.

How do you feel to be performing at Underbelly Circus Hub?

We are very excited as we always have a great time with Underbelly and the big Circus Hub tent looks fantastic.  We have worked in a few tents around the world, the atmosphere is sooooo good.

Who or what are your inspirations?

Right now, we are totally inspired by our director for KINBen Duke.  We recently completed three awesome weeks training in Montreal where we worked with the best trainers and acrobats – they totally inspired us. Our Associate Director, Ella Robson Guilfoyle, stays on the movement quality of the company, always challenging. Oh and inspiring!

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

Keep the energy up by pacing the partying, Edinburgh is such an important market place for all of us. Choose the showcases carefully, you can spend a lot of energy racing round doing snippets of shows and not all of them are useful! Focus on delivering in your show!

What are the future plans for your show?

Barely Methodical Troupe hope to secure some international touring for KIN.  We have been having an excellent time touring in the UK this summer.  We hope to return to see out friends in Brazil, France and Canada as well as explore some new territory

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

We loved choreographer Crystal Pite at Sadler’s Wells and Company XY at the Roundhouse.

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

Barely Methodical Troupe love playing at the Fringe.  We were touring internationally last year so couldn’t be here. We’re so pleased to be back, looking forward to seeing lots of friends from around the world and playing with those lovely audiences…


Director: Ben Duke

Cast: Beren D’Amico; Jonathan Bendtsen; Jean-Daniel Broussé; Arthur Parson; Nikki Rummer; Charlie Wheeller.

Image courtesy of Tristram Kenton.

Kin plays Underbelly Circus Hub as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 until 26 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.


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