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Box Tale Soup: My Edinburgh

11th Jul 2016

We chatted to the company behind the brilliant Northanger Abbey (with puppets!) that will be joining us for the Fringe this year. They gave us their best tips for puppet supplies and how to have the best possible time at the Fringe!

Have you performed at the Fringe before?
Yes, as a company this will be our 4th visit to the fringe, we brought Northanger as our first show in 2013, then Alice in Wonderland and our ghost story Casting the Runes in 2014. Last year we were here with a family version of A Midsummer Night's Dream and a weird and wonderful tale for adults, Manalive!. We're thrilled to be bringing back Northanger Abbey this year! 
Noel has, in fact, been performing at the Fringe for many many years - this year will be his 23rd Fringe!

Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?
If you can find it... the LMC. But there are rules, you know...

What will you be packing in your suitcase for the Fringe?
Wellies, Sunglasses, Rain Coats, Flip Flops and a bottle of gin. All the essentials!

Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?
The Scottie dog who stayed by his master's grave after he'd been buried for supposedly 14 years, we think? The statue is up outside Greyfriars Kirk and near Greyfriars artshop which is the only place we can get the paper we need to make our puppets.

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen at the Fringe?
That's really difficult because one of the best things about the Fringe is the huge variety of stuff you can see, especially the kind of shows you perhaps wouldn't normally consider going to. So we're not sure we could pick just one, but if we were really pushed then for the sheer genius of its simplicity we would have to say Bane. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give (or have been given) about the Fringe?
Pace yourself and enjoy every minute - even if there are only 2 people in your audience, those 2 people have chosen your show, so they deserve the best performance you can give.

To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?
Love a ceilidh!

What can audiences expect from your show?
Some fun, laughter, heartwarming romance and a good splash of gothic horror. If you're a Jane Austen fan we have it on good authority you will not be disappointed, and if her books really aren't your thing or you've pretty much never heard of her, we have it on even better authority that you'll still thoroughly enjoy the show!

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