What's your show about?
Tumble Tuck is a play that explores body image, the modern definition of success and self confidence through the eyes of Daisy, a young woman who has surprisingly found herself on her local swimming team!
Have you been to Edinburgh before?
This is Back Here! Theatre's first Edinburgh Fringe Production and mine as a performer. I've spectated many times but it's an honour to be bringing my first show up on the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh Fringe.
We’re all extremely excited. I'm also a little nervous, but I think that's because the entire team behind Tumble Tuck cares so much about the show. Daisy's story resonated brilliantly with everyone at Wilderness Festival with the Old Vic New Voices in August 2016, and it's showing at The Soho Theatre in the October, so I just hope that it will do the same with audiences in Edinburgh.
The show is being well looked after by our producer Helena at Back Here! Theatre, and the director, Tom Wright, and I have been with the show since the beginning of it's life on the Soho Writer's Lab in 2015. Together, we have a committed and passionate team who are so invested in Daisy and the play, that it will hopefully be something quite special.
What's the process of bringing a show to Edinburgh like?
As a team, we've all said we don't know how companies just decide to take a show to Edinburgh a couple of months before! This has been our plan since December 2016, and it's taken an insane amount of time, commitment, networking and admin up until this point.
Because we've had the luxury of time, it's been quite a steady process. Our producer, Helena Doughty, has been so forward thinking and meticulous in her work and preparation for August. We’ve also been lucky that the show has been performed before, so we're just building on that in rehearsals.
The process itself has been quite informal and relaxed so far; our Director, Tom Wright, asks a lot of questions and focuses on character choices that inform my performance, so it's all been wonderfully collaborative. As well, I think it helps that every single person involved passionately believes in this show.
What do you plan to do with any free time you have during the Fringe?
See some other fabulous shows, of course! I’m really looking forward to seeing BALLISTIC by Mini Mall Theatre at The Pleasance 2.15pm; I saw it at Brighton Fringe last year and am so excited to see the journey that show has gone on https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/ballistic.
Milly Thomas, who I’m on Soho Writer’s Alumni Group with, has her play DUST on at The Underbelly, Big Belly. It shows at 4.40pm http://www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk/whats-on/dust and I’ve heard an extract of it, which I was enthralled by! I also start my Yoga teacher training in September and Helena, our producer at Back Here! Theatre, has promised to be my guinea pig student for the month!