With over 3000 shows at the world’s biggest arts festival, here at The Reviews Hub we want to make the job of choosing your Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows that little bit easier. So here, kicking off our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions series is Robert Shaw director of Poena5X1.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
It’s a Scandi noir thriller about sex,politics and the power of love.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
I really wanted to do this show and I couldn’t wait until next year. Edinburgh is still the best place for promoting an original piece of work. I’m lucky to be working with some outstanding artists whose work deserves the widest possible platform. From a personal angle, it allows me the chance to revisit Edinburgh, an incredible city with an amazing vibe at all times of year and especially during August. Edinburgh is where I come to refresh my creativity.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Bring lots of t-shirts and plenty of sun cream.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
It has an amazing soundscape by Tarik O’Regan, an outstanding composer twice nominated for a Grammy. I was privileged to work with Tarik in 2015 on the European premiere of his brilliant one-woman opera The Wanton Sublime. I’ve always believed in seeking out the cross-over points between contemporary music and theatre. With this production, I’m really excited to have the chance to explore those connections in new ways with one of our most brilliant young composers.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
Stewart Lee. Stewart Lee. Stewart Lee. Stewart Lee. Stewart Lee.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: Poena 5X1, or How I Came To Agree With Right-Wing Thinking by Abbie Spallen
Venue: Underbelly Med Quad (Ermintrude)
Dates: Wednesday 3rd – Monday 29th August 2016 (not 17th)