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Lotte Rice: My Edinburgh

22nd Jul 2016

We spoke to Lotte Rice, writer and performer in Exactly Like You, playing at Belly Dancer in Underbelly Cowgate from 4 - 28 August about her experiences of Edinburgh, and what she's expecting from 2016!

Have you performed at the Fringe before?
Yes, two years ago I brought a play up called Love to Love o Love you, which was based on Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘Le Ronde’. It was largely about sex and disco. And I played a very successful and promiscuous blogger named ‘The Collector’.

Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?
EITHER Arthur’s Seat, so nice to be able to walk out of the city and get above it all. But also there was a chippy near where I lived last time that sold battered haggis, battered Pizza and battered everything, whose punters provided the most epic conversation. I tried to flyer an 86 year old man, who said that he wasn’t going to come to our show about sex and disco, because he wanted to make love to his wife who was 5 years his senior. I told him our show would make great foreplay, but alas I saw neither him nor his wife that evening. 

What will you be packing in your suitcase for the Fringe?
I am a last minute packer. I definitely haven’t thought about this yet, and I can only assume it will be all of the things that I can see in front of me! Hopefully enough clothes.

Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?
No- should I?

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen at the Fringe?
Oh man. It would probably have to be Louisa Omilian’s ‘Am I Right Ladies?’ – or Lady Rizo.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give (or have been given) about the Fringe?
It's too much fun for advice. But I suppose I would say that mindless flyering is not an efficient way of promoting your show, its better to connect with people first.

To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?

What can audiences expect from your show?
To be taken on the journey of a young woman, forced into facing her fears by the ghost of Nina Simone. A play written with fugues of song, poetry, and characters weaving through, about loneliness and the search for purpose.

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