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 Neontopia’sA Good Clean Heart answering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
A dynamic and funny play about two brothers, separated through adoption, told accessibly and visually in two languages.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
We were at the Fringe last year when we realised that we had a unique and exciting show which could work really well. The play was written; we’d had already had a really well received three week run at Cardiff’s award-winning pub theatre, The Other Room, and with the incredible support of the Wales Millennium Centre, we felt it was a really positive and important step for us as a new company to get our work out there to an international audience.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
We’ll definitely be in a better place for dishing out any advice at the end of August…
I’m sure at some point we were advised to keep any production we took to the Fringe ‘light on tech’. As a result we seem to be taking a fantastically tech-heavy show BUT all for good reason.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
Ha! Well, we’re bilingual, we’re bold, and we’re bangin’!
Alun, the play’s writer, won the Wales Theatre Award for Best Playwright in the English Language for this play (kind of a controversial award for a bilingual play, mind!), and we’ve got a seriously strong team aboard, from the cast to the designers to the support/marketing team. We’re not going to allow anything other than the very best quality on that stage.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
We’re really excited to get to see the other work from Wales up there (there’s work from NTW &our friends, Gagglebabble; August012; Difficult Stage; the Torch Theatre; Aberystwyth Arts Centre), that all promises to be strong and varied work. We’ve also got Welsh buddies in the Paines Plough Roundabout plays (we’re everywhere, mind) last year The Human Ear was fantastic, so it’ll be great to check out this year’s offerings. Some of the most inspiring pieces last year were at Edinburgh’s own Traverse (Swallow,Crash), so we’ll be making a beeline for there (and hoping to spot Mark Rylance in the audience again).
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: A Good Clean Heart
Venue: Underbelly, Bellybutton
Dates: 4 – 28 August 2016 (no Monday shows)