With over 3000 shows at the world’s biggest arts festival, here at The ReviewsHubwe want to make the job of choosing your Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows that little bit easier. So here’s Lucy Grace of Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfieldanswering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield is a journey through the land of Narnia and out into real world where I go in search of CS Lewis’ Goddaughter, Lucy Barfield, to whom he dedicated The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and gave her name to the story’s iconic heroine; I want to know who is the real Lucy and why does it matter.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
Last year was my first ever Edinburgh with my debut show Garden. I had an amazing time and as a result of that experience Garden has gone onto tour in 2016 and played other fantastic festivals. I had a couple of months post Edinburgh where I kept saying, “I’ll have a little rest from Edinburgh next year” but eventually the urge to make Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield and get it in front of an audience got too strong, so I booked my train tickets for another month of Fringe fun!
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
It is a very full on experience. Even more so, if you are in a show that you also created, especially if like me that show is solo. You will have a lot to do – flyering, stapling, press, meeting people, going to talks/events, dealing with the emotional roller coaster of audience numbers, reviews and the diabolical weather. I found quite a rigorous schedule played out each day from first thing in the morning until bedtime and I needed to have a bit of normality every so often. I would say find a cosy cafe or somewhere that is your relaxing spot where for an hour every so often you can just recharge your brain by reading a book or something else escape-y that isn’t Fringe related. It probably speaks volumes that last year’s Edinburgh Fringe was the first time I ever indulged in an adult colouring book.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
My show is unique at the Fringe but also in the whole of time and space because no one has ever before explored the life of Lucy Barfield before. Her life took a tragic turn which CS Lewis couldn’t have foreseen when he wrote his dedication to her and it was perhaps because of that turn, she fell through the cracks in the decades of attention the Narnia series has received.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
Daniel Kitson – Mouse, The Persistence of An Unlikely Thought, because I am a huge fan and recently introduced myself to him at a cafe in South East London. He was noting down ideas for one of his previews on a tiny scrap of paper. I am pretty sure that tiny scrap of paper contained genius.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard (Below)
Dates: 3 – 29 August 2016 (not 15/22)