Edinburgh Preview: Walrus Theatre's Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Declan Maloney Drummond

What's your show about?

The play is about a world where there is a daily limit on the number of words people can speak aloud. We follow a couple from when they first meet, before the law is passed, through to them adjusting to what the limit means for them and for the world. It's a love story, and a kind of political fable.

What's the process of bringing a show to Edinburgh like?

Thrilling. Edinburgh is a beautiful and inspiring city all year round, but in August it's the best place in the world. There is a real sense that you get to be a part of something that's much bigger than just your show. It's also a chance for us to share our work with with an incredibly broad, global audience.

What's it like bringing a show back that's done well previously and how did that come about?

This is our third time at the Fringe with Lemons, and our second stint at Paines Plough's Roundabout. There are two reasons, really. The first is that we hope the play has the capacity to resonate with the politics of the day. So much has changed in the global landscape in the past year that it feels there's a new moment to speak to. Also, we are just in love with this venue. Roundabout is a gorgeous space, and more ideal for Lemons than any other theatre we have played it in, so when Paines Plough said they were keen to have us back, we jumped at the chance.

What do you plan to do with any free time you have during the Fringe?

Theatre, ice-cream, walking. Not necessarily in that order.

https://www.painesplough.com/project/edinburgh/lemons

https://twitter.com/WalrusTheatre

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/lemons-lemons-lemons-lemons-lemons

Edinburgh Preview: Rory Horne on Argonaut Theatre's Action at a Distance by Declan Maloney Drummond

What's your show about?

'Action at a Distance' looks at the world of U.S. drone strikes and the resulting civilian casualties through the eyes of Chris (Rosa Caines), an out-of-work plumber in a small town in Nevada. After a chance encounter with Josh (Dom Luck), a vigilante working to expose the true consequences of the strikes, Chris wants to get involved in his world, but her desire to help sends her towards obsession, desperation and the darkest of ethical dilemmas. We hope that the show will spark off some complex and nuanced discussions at the Fringe about the relationship between the citizen and the nation in which they live, Obama’s complicated legacy, and how far we’re willing to test the limits of moral behaviour to help the people we love.

Have you been to Edinburgh before?

This is our first show as ARGONAUT, but the whole team has Fringe experience with other companies. For example, Rosa and Dom were up last year with 'STEAM', a show by the Minotaur Theatre Co., and I was working with Paines Plough at the Roundabout, and with Walrus, flyering for 'Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons'. But it's a whole new thing for me to be up with a show I've worked on creatively, and I can't wait to experience Edinburgh as a writer of a show that is being performed.

What's the process of bringing a show to Edinburgh like?

Stressful but fun is probably the best way to put it. There's so much going on, so many plates to spin, and I'm constantly feeling like I've forgotten something, or neglected to reply to an important email. However, the process of putting the show together has been so rewarding and enjoyable, and the perfect antidote to all of those stresses. We feel so good about what we've put together in the rehearsal room and just can't wait to bring it to Edinburgh audiences.

What do you plan to do with any free time you have during the Fringe?

We've each got lists of shows we're keen to see, and there are so many already. There are some shows with us at ZOO that we're really excited to see, such as 'Anyone's Guess How We Got Here', 'Celebration' and 'We Need To Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders)'. We're also hyped to see 'Me and My Bee' at Pleasance and 'Threadbare' at theSpace. I'm working with Paines Plough again this year, so I can't wait to see all their shows, as well as everything else that Summerhall has to offer this year.

http://zoofestival.co.uk/shows/action-at-a-distance/

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/action-at-a-distance

https://twitter.com/rorhor

https://twitter.com/ArgonautTheatre

Edinburgh Preview: Suited Elephant's POV by Declan Maloney Drummond

What's your show about?

The play is part verbatim part new writing fragmented journey through the minds and experiences of an array of different characters, and their relationships to sex and pornography.

Have you been to Edinburgh before?

Some of the cast have been before, but for most of us this is our first time at the fringe, which is daunting but incredibly exciting!

What's the process of bringing a show to Edinburgh like?

At times it can be a real challenge, but overall we all agree it has been one of the most rewarding things we have ever done, not just as a cast but as people. The interweaving of real and personal accounts and bringing these stories to life in our devising process has been an experience like no other.

What do you plan to do with any free time you have during the Fringe?

See the sights, see the shows, and spread the word about POV as far and wide as we can!

https://www.facebook.com/suitedelephanttheatrecompany/

https://twitter.com/Tara__Burgess

Edinburgh Preview: Chris Davis by Declan Maloney Drummond

What's your show about?

I have two shows this year. One-Man Apocalypse Now - a hilarious and dark adaptation of the war film performed in under 60 minutes AND The Last Emperor of Mexico - a historical comedy about Maximilian I.

Have you been to Edinburgh before?

This is my 4th year at the Edinburgh Fringe. My first year I brought a show called Drunk Lion to Free Fringe, second year I brought Bortle 8 & Violence of the Lambs, and last year a stand-up comedy called Chinchilla Coats.

 

What's the process of bringing a show to Edinburgh like?

I feel like I haven't stopped working on Edinburgh since the moment I left last year. It's a year-long process, which includes developing the show, endless anxiety over making the numerous deadlines to participate in edfringe, finding a flat, finding a venue, finding everything. It's a little more complicated when you are in the U.S., but not by too much. I like to bring a show that has been through a lot of development and is reaching it's full maturation. I have tried the latter, and brought a show to develop in Edinburgh Fringe. I did that last year and it was just much harder, I was changing the ending / beginning every day. I think on the 20th day I figured out the show and by then I had 5 left. This year, I've performed both of my shows about 30-40 times throughout the U.S.

What do you plan to do with any free time you have during the Fringe?

I just try and see as many shows as I can. All the time. I also love to hang out in the meadows and have lunch. I will hike Arthur's Seat at least two times. I will flyer way too much probably 3-4 hours a day. And just enjoy the atmosphere of the festival as a whole.

https://twitter.com/1drunklion

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/one-man-apocalypse-now

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/last-emperor-of-mexico

Edinburgh Preview: Minotaur Theatre's threadbare by Declan Maloney Drummond

What's your show about?

threadbare follows the story of 18 year old Mia who has had nude photos of herself leaked on social media. A brand new piece of writing/theatre that speaks for revenge porn victims and gives an honest account of life that follows. Based on true events, the play shows the real and funny sides of this ordeal as Mia has to deal with her single dad and boyfriend.

Have you been to Edinburgh before?

Minotaur theatre company have been to Edinburgh many times before but as a cast this is the first trip for some and we are all very excited.

What's the process of bringing a show to Edinburgh like?

It's been a working project since January, we have had to work incredibly hard fundraising alongside university but we smashed our targets with some creative events and lots of bake sales! The last few weeks have been heads down rehearsing and creating the piece which is hard work but rewarding as we are on the final stretch to Edinburgh. As a company the cast and crew have all had to take on a range of roles, unlike others shows it's everyone mucking in together to make it to the Fringe.

What do you plan to do with any free time you have during the Fringe?

Lots and lots of theatre- we are definitely going to support other shows at theSpace venues. I'd love to finally make it to Arthur's seat (I've heard the view is great) and will be dragging some cast members there with me. The Jazz Bar is always a must.

Instagram - @mtcthreadbare

https://www.facebook.com/MTCThreadbare/