Next up in our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s it’s the turn of Nocturnes.
In one sentence tell us about your show
Nocturnes is a multi-media twist on a 50s spy-thriller, a mixture of le Carré and Kafka, digitally remixed for the post truth generation, selected to be part of the British Council Showcase.
What made you decide to bring the show to the Fringe this year?
Being selected to be part of the British Council Showcase is an honour and we’re delighted to be part of the event again this year, having been twice before. We’ve taken shows and run workshops all over the world since performing Hotel Methuselah at Summerhall as part of the Showcase back in 2011 so it’s an opportunity to connect with new organisations, networks and companies from across the globe. And of course being part of the Edinburgh Fringe is always exciting, planning what shows to see, catching up with friends, lazing around on the Meadows, weather permitting…
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Plan ahead as much as possible. Sounds dull, but if you can book for the shows you know you really want to see you can hook the rest of your day around these performances/events. If there are any last minute recommendations, then you can try and fit these in and allow time to just generally experience the city. Edinburgh is a great city to wander about in but having said this, make sure you allow time to negotiate the crowded parts of town so you can get to your next venue on time.
What makes your show stand out from the others on offer?
We’re pretty sure audiences won’t have seen anything quite like Nocturnes. Without giving too much away, the show at first appears to be set on a kind of soundstage, with actors voicing a black and white film they never see or acknowledge. But as the piece progresses the relationship between the world on the stage and the world on film shifts and you’re never quite sure which is controlling which. Indeed, by the end the two worlds, the theatrical and the filmic, seem to be in direct conflict with each other. What starts off as a kind of conventional spy thriller ends up as a metaphysical examination of what constitutes the truth, free will and our place in history. And all the while, it’s entertaining and playful with some great music.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
All the other work programmed in the British Council Showcase. There are some excellent companies performing this year and such a broad spectrum of work, it’s going to be an exciting summer.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of Show: Nocturnes
Venue: Zoo (venue 124)
Dates: 21 August -26 August 2017