With over 3000 shows at the world’s biggest arts festival, here at The ReviewsHub,we want to make the job of choosing your Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows that little bit easier. So here’s Ben Pettitt-Wade, Artistic Director of Hijinx and director of Meet Fred answering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Made in association with puppetry maestros Blind Summit, Meet Fred is a hugely entertaining and visually striking story of a puppet that wants to live in the real world and the difficulties he faces in achieving this.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
We’d bring one every year if we could, we love it. Edinburgh is the largest theatre festival in the world and we want to be in among that, testing our work alongside the thousands of other artists that perform here each year. This show was developed specifically with Edinburgh in mind and we hope it is a huge success here.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Wear comfortable shoes, bring a bike and of course make sure you check out Summerhall.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
Three of our cast members are performers with learning disabilities that have trained in our Hijinx Academy, this brings a unique and powerful perspective to a performance in which we explore in a very satirical way the affect that changes and cuts to the benefits system in this country is having on the lives of the most vulnerable. Meet Fred is funny, poignant and life affirming.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
All the other Wales In Edinburgh shows, a collection of shows that have been funded by Arts Council Wales and Wales Arts International to appear at the festival. There is a really strong representation this year, but I’m especially looking forward to catching Gaggle Babble’s new show Wonderman.
Name of the show: Meet Fred
Venue: The Old Lab, Summerhall
Dates: 5 – 25 August 2016 (not 15, 22)