Next up in our annual series of Edinburgh Fringe and Festival preview Q & A’s it’s the turn of Lucy Farrant of True Stories Live
In one sentence tell us about your show.
At True Stories Live real people tell true stories about their lives lasting between five and ten minutes inspired by a theme which we have set in advance in front of a welcoming and supportive audience .
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
The Edinburgh Festivals are the UK’s premier creative showcases. We are so delighted to have been invited to be part of the Unbound programme within the Book Festival. We know that Edinburgh people will have plenty of stories to tell and we are looking forward to hearing them.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe/Festivals for the first time?
It’s a terrible cliché but the six Ps are always helpful- prior preparation prevents piss poor performance… On a more serious note , all the staff at the Book Festival have been very supportive and helpful and we are looking forward to making the most of our chance to be part of the wider festival experience. Whatever happens, the atmosphere in Edinburgh in August is unique and special so whatever show you are involved with try and benefit from that too.
What makes your show stand out from all the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
True Stories Live is a very straightforward, real experience. People speak directly from the heart to a receptive audience. There is no screen and no fourth wall to dilute or shield that effect. Anyone can tell a story – from plumbers to poets and our audiences understand and appreciate that.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
We are looking forward to Frankie Vah by Luke Wright, Frogman by curious directive and Sara Pascoe’s show: LadsLadsLads.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: True Stories Live
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Date: 20 August 2017
Time: 21.00 (90 mins)