It’s that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s. Joe Sellman-Leava talks about Fix.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Fix is a play with music about pornography and gambling addiction.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
We’ve been researching and developing it for quite a while, and want to show it to the world. It’s touring straight afterwards (Theatre Royal Plymouth, Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter and Theatre Royal Stratford East), so Edinburgh is a brilliant place to launch the show and hopefully secure another tour in 2018.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
For artists, know why you’re going and what you’d like to get from it. There’s plenty of help available from Fringe Central depending on your ambitions for the festival (e.g. building new contacts, getting specific people to see your work, touring your show), so if head there as soon as you can and book yourself into the sessions that seem most relevant to you.
If you’re a first time audience, try and see something in a few different venues, and take a risk on at least one show. Go by recommendations from friends, other audiences – ask people what they’ve seen and flick through the features and reviews in the many free guides and magazines that will be on almost every table in the city.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
Firstly its content: addiction isn’t being talked about very much at the moment, and that’s even more true for behavioural, rather than substance, addictions (e.g. pornography and gambling as opposed to alcohol and drugs). Fix also has Worklight’s unique approach to theatre in its mix of head and heart, science and story, as well as being a very visual and rhythmic show. We have a really talented director, Katharina Reinthaller and an exciting cast and creative team, so we think it’s going to be something very special.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
Salt by Selina Thompson, sounds really interesting, as does The Secret Life of Humans, which is inspired by one of my favourite books, Sapiens. I’m also really keen to see Jess Thom’s take on Beckett’s Not I. Sorry, that was three shows and not one but I’ve barely scratched the surface – It’s going to be a really exciting Fringe.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: Fix
Venue: Underbelly Cowgate (Belly Dancer)
Dates: Thursday 3 – Sunday 27 August 2017 (not 16)