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 Sophie Winter, writer and performer of Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Annekaanswering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka is a funny, frank andopen exploration about the challenges ofovercoming anxiety (includes: bum bags, wigs, and snacks… yes: snacks).
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
Edinburgh is probably one of the most anxiety-inducing places you could ever go to. Seriously. We’ve taken shows there before and it is hectic. So what better challenge than to take a show about challenging anxiety up to the Fringe? We’ve also been working on the show for about a year and we’re keen to unleash it from its preview box.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Edinburgh is awesome! And exhausting and terrifying (both as a performer and an audience member). I would definitely head to the half price hut to see what’s going on there for cheaper tickets and I would also take some time out to charge up Arthur’s Seat or chill in the meadows (if it’s not gale force winds /slashing with rain). On that note: bring a waterproof.
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’s the most epic homage to the best 90s TV show going. And it’s funny. And it’s got a serious message about anxiety (because, let’s face it, having anxiety can really suck). Oh, and we have snacks.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
This year we’re definitely getting stuck into the shows at Summerhall – Sh!t Theatre, Nick Cassenbaum’s latest, On the Run and Kieran Hurley.
Name of the show: Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka
Venue: Summerhall, Cairns Lecture Theatre
Dates: 3– 28Aug 2016 (not 11or 22)