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’sDelia Olam from Just Let the Wind Untie my Perfumed Hair answering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
This female solo cross-artform theatre/music show explores, through five conflicting characters, the haunting, shocking and poetic true story of the first female-suffrage martyr: a Persian, in themid-1800s.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
The political, social and spiritual questions at the heart of this work are so pertinent and topical to the chaos and trauma of the “moment” we are in globally, it felt important to offer it into the conversation on this global platform. Also, the work has been developing for several years, and is just READY for this next step!
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
This is my first Edinburgh but the advice I’ve been given which sounds the most helpful is to make friends! At the reception, at the box office, with the techies, with the people who make the food wherever you go to eat, with your audience, with other artists and any producers that you meet; that it’s this ‘friend-making’ which will help ‘outsource’ your advertising, and generate some of your word of mouth – which is key. Sounds like good advice to me!
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
This true story, and the woman herself – Tahirih – who it is about stands out! She was remarkable, her poetry was exceptional, her story is hard to believe and offers an important slice of HOPE – through her very real example of peaceful, eloquent, effective change-making. Also, the way that her poetry-set-to-music and performed live is woven seamlessly throughout the work – which keeps the ears and eyes refreshed.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
LABELS by Joe Sellman-Leava, is another politically-charged one person show that I heard a LOT of good things about during the Adelaide Fringe this yearbut was disappointed never to make it to one of the shows. I won’t miss out this time. I’m really looking forward to seeing how he engages with his audience as a solo performer and explores heavy content in what promises to be an entertaining way. I hope to learn something, I suspect I will be inspired.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show:Just Let the Wind Untie my Perfumed Hairor WHO IS ṬÁHIRIH?
Venue: Assembly George Square Studio 2
Dates: 4 – 29 August 2016(not 16).