Buddug James Jones is heir to her family’s three hundred year old farming dynasty in Wales. Now as a modern woman, Bud is desperate to change her destiny. Hiraeth is her story.
What’s been your experience of the Fringe in the past?
I’ve been to Fringe twice already so I know what to expect, and that is to expect the unexpected! It’s always chaotic but in the most fun sense. You meet so many people and it’s really great to see what sort of theatre is being created across the UK and world right now. It’s also a lot of work but worth it.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
We really wanted to take the show to an audience outside of Wales. It’s a story which is very current to Wales and also other rural communities across the world, and I think it’s a story that needs to be heard.
Can you tell us more about the show?
The show is about my life growing up on a farm which has been in my family for five generations in West Wales, and my decision to leave this all behind for a new life in London. It’s based on my real life events, and is performed by myself and Max Mackintosh. It’s a show that explored the decline of Welsh tradition and identity through my personal struggle to escape and let go. Expect to laugh, cry, sing and eat welsh cakes!
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Fringe offerings?
I don’t think there are many farmers’ daughters up in Edinburgh performing a show about their life and the decline of the farming industry! It might also be the only show with Welsh Cakes.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s festival?
I’m looking forward to seeing all the other IdeasTap award winners: How to Achieve Redemption as a Scot Through the Medium of Braveheart, Mush and Me and We Have Fallen.
What one piece of advice would you give to Fringe newcomers?
Meet as many people as you can, talk about your show to everyone, make friends, have fun, go and see as much shows as you can, keep up with your fruit and veg and don’t get drunk every night!
Buddug James Jones’ Hireath is at the Underbelly Cowgate from 31 Jul – 24 Aug @16:50