Thomas Eccleshare, writer of Heather answers our Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Heather is a short, sharp shock of a play that asks fascinating questions about storytelling, prejudice and authorship in bold and surprising ways.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
Basically, we want lots of people to see this thing we’ve made and discuss it with us. We first performed an earlier version of the play a few years ago in Bristol and Glasgow. It went down extremely well and both Valentina (the director) and I were super-excited by it, so we’ve been looking for a chance to develop the play and give it a proper outing ever since and are thrilled that it’s here.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
It’s not a competition, though it can sometimes feel like one. You’ll definitely get the most out of it by connecting with, talking to and revelling in the work of other artists.
What makes your show stand out from all the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
It’s such a unique premise, but at the same time very accessible. The story is about an artist with a big secret and it raises so many questions about truth, authorship, prejudice and language that I think people will really get a kick from talking about it. As a production, I think the way it blends intrigue, twists, experimentation, fun and poetry will definitely set it apart.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
I always love Shon Dale-Jones’ work. He’s such a brilliant writer and such a beautiful performer so I can’t wait to see Me and Robin Hood.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: Heather
Dates: 2 August – 27 August 2017 (not 14 or 21)