Dante Undone from Almost Human has to be one of the most unique pieces of theatre and live art at the Fringe. In this interview Paul Levy talks to director and creator, Alec Hughes about this very different journey into Hell, in the company of Dante himself.
Crazy in Love was rated by FringeReview as an Outstanding Show at the Amsterdam Fringe. In this interview, Paul Levy talks to director, Rob Murray and performer, Liezl de Kock from A Conspiracy of Clowns, about the play, its history and how it was brought to the stage.
Grahamstown Fringe is part of the National Arts Festival, based in South Africa. It has links with other Fringe Festivals around the world and, in this interview, Paul Levy talked to Tony Lancaster, the festivals’s CEO, about this unique arts event, a platform for local, national and international work. Tony also gives some insights to the theatre scene in South Africa.
I caught up with two of the Club Silenzio team who chatted to me about their club night at the Amsterdam Fringe. Promising fine music and many surprises, as well as a unique atmosphere, these award-winners talk about how they get their ideas and bring them to the late evening Fringe stage in the form of their event, Club Silenzio: The Final Quest.
I last spoke to Anneke Jansen, Artistic Director of Amsterdam Fringe, a couple of years ago. Since then the Amsterdam Fringe has gained its own Spiegeltent and garden and has established itself as a major Fringe, with an edge of its own. Here, Anneke talks to Paul Levy about the Fringe she loves, and she also gives the best definition of “fringe” we have heard yet!
Devised, and drawing on mime and physical theatre, Homo Sapiens looks at moving beyond the labels and stereotypes around sexuality. Here deviser/performer Igor Vrebac talks about how Homo Sapiens was created and the artistic journey of the production.
Lilja Björk Hermannsdóttir has created Call, Girl, a site-specific solo theatre piece that locates itself right in the heart of the red light district of Amsterdam. Here writer/performer Lilja talks about how the piece was created and her process of bringing such a direct monologue to the fringe stage.
I caught up with an (understandably) out-of-breath Marius Mensinkn who talked to me about Mick Jagger is my Nightmare, a hugely physical piece of solo theatre. In this interview we get an insight into Marius’s rehearsal process and how this visually arresting piece of theatre came into being.
Storytelling is often about simple things. And here we have simple things in a caravan. Drawing on their roots in street theatre, Marrit Bausch and Ursel Braaksma talk about Het rariteitenkabinet der (on)gelukkigen, which is based in a small caravan next to the Fringe tent. They discuss how they create stories from the things in the performance space and the things people bring to it.
Luc de Groen talks to Paul levy about writing and performing a play that has taken him on a very personal journey. Ernem tot me dood!has taken Luc back to his roots. here he talks about the process of taking an idea to the Fringe stage.
“Luc de Groen is een gelukkige jonge theatermaker, gevestigd in Amsterdam. Op zijn twintigste heeft hij zijn veilige huis en haard verlaten om in het grote Amsterdam te gaan studeren. Met enige nostalgie kijkt hij terug naar zijn oude liefde, Arnhem, waarvoor hij nog steeds het koosnaampje Ernem gebruikt.”
Writer and director, Philip Rademeyer, and actor Lesoko Seabe from Rust Co-Operative talk to Paul levy about Siembamba, a play that “looks at how the domestic worker simultaneously is and is not part of the family, and also asks questions about the social and political complexities of this intimate relationship in the 1980s and 1990s.” Part of the Best of South Africa season at the Fringe, Philip discusses the process of co-authoring with Penelope Youngleson and Lesoko discusses how she brings truth to the characters she plays.