Next up in our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s we hear about The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
An ordinary puppet-woman becomes a world-renowned psychic, making her a threat to the corrupt puppet-government.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
If the performing arts are your jam I think you’ve got to hit the Edinburgh fringe as often as you possibly can. Nothing else tests you and your writing – or whatever it is you do – in quite the same way. Also, with the world going through such a crazy time, there’s an awful lot to say if you write with any sort of political edge. I’m curious to see what other theatre-makers have made of it all.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
See loads of stuff, and take advantage of the Free Fringe. There are so many shows that are free entry, with a donation bucket passed around at the end. Mix some of that in with your more expensive tickets and you can see stuff all day long.
And if you’re anything like me it’s mentally important to take at least one day out for an aggressive nap and a bath. No more arts for me, thank you, I’m full.
What makes your show stand out from all the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
Well, the puppets are the immediate one. We’ve got a cast of three actors manipulating 15 puppets to create this show. Script aside, it’s great fun just watching the sheer mechanics of the thing and how the cast pull it off.
It’s definitely a comedy, first and foremost, but it does have a politically-current vibe. At least at the time of writing this – god knows what will happen in the next month.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
Theatre-wise, Buzz: A New Musical is top pick. I’m biased because I know them, but it’s an incredible show and I’m excited to see how it’s developed. If a musical about the history of the vibrator sounds up your street, go check it out. If it doesn’t, move to a different street.
I’m also a big stand up geek and I can’t wait to see Sara Pascoe’s new show LadsLadsLads. She’s a genius.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis
Venue: Underbelly Cowgate
Dates: 3 August – 27 August 2017