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 Jessica Lazar of Life According to Saki answering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
It’s a new play born from the stories of satirist Hector Hugh Munro, better known as Saki.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
We wrote the play. As soon as the writer (Katherine Rundell) and director (Jessica Lazar) had shared our ideas, we set about bringing it to the Fringe. It was only after the wheels were in motion that we realized that the play’s premier would coincide with the centenary of Saki’s death at the Somme, a fact which seemed sadly fitting and which gave further impetus to tell his stories to new audiences.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Use every opportunity to meet other performers and creative teams. And be appreciative of everyone who makes the Fringe such a cauldron of art and ideas, from other performers to audiences, bloggers, tweeters, critics, passers-by… everybody.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
It’s funny and occasionally strange (like Saki) but also reflective and subversive. Plus we have a great cast and a killer ferret. Literally.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
So many! We’re excited to see Les Enfants Terribles’ The Vaudevillains again. They produce consistently great shows. Also Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke – because it sounds like an interesting adaptation – and The Mission – because…just because. Finally, one of our favourite posters so far is the one for Immortal, so that’s a successful piece of marketing right there.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: Life According to Saki
Venue: C Venues
Dates:3-29 August 2016(except15)