It’s that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s. Next up it’s My Leonard Cohen.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
My Leonard Cohen offers arresting and imaginative arrangements of the late, legendary Leonard Cohen’s most-loved music.
What made you decide to come back to the Fringe this year?
Stewart D’Arrietta is a regular at the Edinburgh Festivals, having visited Edinburgh with Lennon: Through a Glass Onion and Belly of a Drunken Piano (a Tom Waits tribute) in recent years. We always receive a very warm welcome at Edinburgh: last year the reception for My Leonard Cohen was overwhelming, and the show sold out on many nights of the festival. We can’t wait to return to see old friends and to introduce new audiences to our arrangements of Cohen’s great music.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Go see other shows. It’s so easy to spend your time at the Fringe focusing entirely on your show, or with just your team of performers. But it’s such an amazing experience, with so many different artists together in one place. Going out to see the variety of shows on offer and meeting artists from around the world will help you develop your own craft, and who knows what collaborations might come out of those conversations?
What makes your show stand out from all the others on offer?
The Edinburgh Festivals are a great opportunity to see world-class talent on your doorstep, as artists come from all over to play in Edinburgh for one glorious month, we have certainly earned our credentials. My Leonard Cohen recently enjoyed a sold-out run at the Sydney Opera House and Stewart has played venues internationally, including Montreal Jazz Festival, The Riverside Theatre London, EX Theatre Tokyo and Soho Playhouse New York. He’s backed by a full six-piece band – such a large band is rare at the Fringe. This is a great opportunity to see an artist who has played at some of the world’s greatest venues, and who is rarely in the UK, as part of a rich musical experience.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
We’re always really keen to see another Fringe regular, comedian Jimeoin, because he’s a mate of ours and hilariously funny. Diametrically opposed to Jimeoin’s comedy, we also enjoy serious theatre and plan to see Borders by Henry Naylor.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: My Leonard Cohen
Venue: Assembly Rooms – Ballroom
Dates: Thursday 3 August – Sunday 27 August 2017 (Previews Thursday 3 August and Friday 4 August)