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 The Grimmest of Grimm Tales answering our annual Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
A fast paced, brand new, utterly unique family comedy telling the lesser known tales of the Brothers Grimm with loads of laughs, original music, and amazing puppets.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
I have been working on this show on and off for the past couple of years. More recently, fate granted a number of development opportunities and after a successful workshop performance which took place in January at the Proteus Creation Space in Basingstoke, the show received a lot of very encouraging and positive feedback from our public audience. Building on this momentum, it seemed to me that the next logical step for the show would be to develop it further and bring it to a wider audience at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 – so here we are.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
This is the first time that our company has been to the Fringe. My advice to everyone and anyone taking part is to keep your eyes and ears open. There’s loads of great advice coming from the Fringe organisers on everything from finding accommodation to promoting your show – they have been fantastically helpful and their web-site is the best one-stop shop to answer most questions. Our venue have also been great. Try and sign up for as many of the free participation events as you can. Do your homework and research the stuff that’s relevant to your particular show. Most of all talk to as many of the other participants as you can – everyone has advice, and so far I’ve found everyone to be really supportive and helpful. As an individual, I came to the Fringe in 2010, from that experience I would also say, “Pace yourself”. It’s going to be a busy month.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
I think a lot of children’s and family shows tend to go for quite “safe” material. By that I mean, titles based on best-selling children’s books or fairy tales and stories that are already well known. Our company is going for something a little different. Everyone has heard of the Brothers Grimm of course, but what many people don’t know is that they collected together over 200 different stories, so why is it we only seem to hear the same ones over and over again? When I was writing the show, I wanted to tell some of the most unusual tales from their collectionbut also try to find out why these stories seemed to get overlooked. Was it because they were too scary, too gruesome or just a bit rubbish? Join us in August to find out.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
I’d like to try and get to see as much children’s theatre as possible. I’m also a huge fan of anything to do with circus. I’d particularly like to go and see Susan Calman’s show – I’ve never seen her live and I’m a big fan of her comedy. Also Comedy Club 4 Kids – all the fun of stand-up but without the swearing and rude bits, a revolutionary idea for the further development of comedy entertainment for children.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show:The Grimmest of Grimm Tales
Venue:theSpace @ Surgeons’ Hall (Venue 53)
Dates:5th – 27th August (not 14th or 21st)
Time:5th -20th09:40, 22nd – 27th 10:10.