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 Fat Content Theatre Company answering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Skin of the Teeth is a poetic and physical thriller/fairy tale about a young man’s quest to feel fear.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
We found the right story. We’ve worked a lot with fairy tales in the past and when we discovered the Grimm tale, The Boy Who Went Forth to Learn to Shudder, we were instantly drawn to it. It’s about a boy who can’t feel fear and sets out into the world to find it. We’ve wanted to create a one-performer piece for a while and loneliness of that quest felt like a perfect fit for that form. It felt urgent to tell that story now because it speaks to contemporary issues around fear in communities and the manipulation of young men. We knew we had to bring the work tothe Fringe because we wanted to share that story with as many people as possible and be part of the biggest arts festival in the world.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Plan! You can see and do so much at the Fringe but it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of shows. Geeky as it sounds, we always make a big spreadsheet and make sure we pack in as much as possible. You have the opportunity to see such an exciting, eclectic mix of work at the Fringe and we like to strike a balance between seeing the work of companies and artists we know and love and taking risks on work that sounds intriguing. Don’t forget just how huge the festival is and only leave yourself a few minutes to get between venues on different sides of the city and do make sure you get a curry for the Mosque Kitchen to fuel your adventures.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer?(Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
Skin of the Teeth is a collaboration between a poet, a physical theatre maker and an actor. It fuses distinct theatrical languages to create a unique mode of storytelling. It tackles an urgent contemporary issue through the lens of a fairy tale. It’s gritty, magical, poetic, physical and surreal and takes an unflinching look at the manipulation of young men.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
We’re really excited for The Duke. It’s playing at our venue The Pleasance and created by one of our favourite companies Hoipolloi.
Name of the show: Skin of the Teeth
Dates:3-29 August 2016