Kyle Ross, along with fellow co-Artistic Director of Fine Mess Theatre Joel Samuels, will alternate performing in a one man adaptation of God’s Own Country, the multi-award winning 2008 novel by Ross Raisin. We caught up with the guys for a five minute Fringe chat.
Is this your first visit to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
This is our first time at the Fringe as a company but we’ve both been to the Edinburgh Fringe before.
What has been your experience of the Fringe in the past?
We’ve both been up separately, as students and as drama-school grads. It’s hectic, crazy, like a weekend music festival extended for a month. But it’s inspiring. The gamut of work created in this country is staggering, and everyone from the top to the bottom of the industry respects and embraces the Fringe. It’s a great arena to battle in if you aim to be noticed.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
We formed our company while working together on a European tour and we wanted a project to collaborate on while away. To make sure we took that seriously we set ourselves the challenge of having it ready for Edinburgh. Once we realised what we were doing was working, and it was good, the challenge sort of changed into the first stop of what we hope is a production with huge potential for longer life.
Can you tell us about your show?
It’s an adaptation of the prize winning novel God’s Own Country by Ross Raisin. We’ve made it a one man show, following the story as the novel does, through the eyes of a young farmer in the North Yorkshire Moors. Sam Marsdyke falls for the new girl next door. It’s a love story and an adventure story, that doesn’t exactly go as Sam plans.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Fringe offerings?
It’s brand new, for a start. Also not only have we co-adapted the novel, we are kind of co-performing it. It’s a one man show, but we are both performing it on alternate nights. A large portion of the rehearsal process is happening separately, so in effect there will be two performances of the same show. It’s an exciting and unique way of showing what different performers can bring to the same story.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s festival?
Comedy wise, we’ve seen David O Doherty every year for ages. We’ve booked Nick Helm too. Kill The Beast are incredible and their show is about werewolves this year. Can’t wait for that.
What one piece of advice would you give to Fringe newcomers?
Try to eat together occasionally, if you’re with a company. It’s really like a family at times and you need to try and foster some group down-time. Having said that, also try and find a personal haven away from the madness. Stay away from North Berwick though, that’s ours and we like it quiet!
God’s Own Country will be at Zoo Southside from 1 – 25 Aug @20:00