Next up in our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s it’s the turn of Daniel Bye on his show Instructions for Border Crossing
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Shaggy dog story meets explosive political subversion.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
The Fringe is a great place to open a show. Audiences are really open and a long run allows the show to properly get into its groove. And everyone who can help it have a longer life will be there at some point in the month, hopefully once it’s got into that groove
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
It’s like running an ultra marathon. You have to pace yourself in the early stages or you’ll blow up by the end. And don’t compare what’s happening for you or your show (reviews, audience figures, celebrities in the front row) with what’s happening for your friends or other shows you just happen to see. Run your own race.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it)
The participation or otherwise of the audience is right at the heart of this show. Don’t let that put you off. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
It’s a bit of a cheat because I’ve seen it before, but Selina Thompson’s Salt is remarkable and completely essential viewing.
Finally, the boring but essential bit:
Name of the show: Instructions for Border Crossing
Venue: Northern Stage @ Summerhall
Dates: 7-8 August, 10-15 August, 17-22 August and 24-26 August 2017