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Milk Presents: My Edinburgh

8th Aug 2016

We caught up with Milk Presents, the company behind, JOAN, one of the shows that forms part of our Underbelly Untapped new writing season, to talk all things Fringe! See JOAN at Underbelly Cowgate until 28 August (not 16).

Have you performed at the Fringe before?

Yes - we took our very first show 'Bluebeard: A Fairytale for Adults' to Underbelly in 2011. It was a complete whirlwind and one of the craziest months of our lives. We got covered in honey and mashed potato on a daily basis, carted a golden tandem up and down the flights of cowgate stairs and slept seven in a room. But it was all so worth it, we landed a Total Theatre nomination and took the show on tour! 

Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?

There are far too many to choose from! A good hike across the meadows is always good for the soul and a cosy pint in the brass monkey is a good place to natter after a show! 

What will you be packing in your suitcase for the Fringe?

Woolly Jumpers - lots of them! Edinburgh is the only place where we've bought woollies in August!

Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?

It's the little dog statue right? But we have to admit we still don't know the story behind it! 

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen at the Fringe?

That depends which one of us you ask!!!! Our producer Ruby absolutely loved HUG by Verity Standen at Forest Fringe last year. We all have found memories of watching Bourgeois and Maurice in the belly dancer year after year - those guys never disappoint! 

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give (or have been given) about the Fringe?

Remember there's a world outside of the fringe! After a whole month of groundhog days you tend to go a little loopy. Make sure you take time to read the newspaper, call home and do things that aren't fringey - like go to the beach! Just a few hours out of the city can really put things in perspective and give you that much needed boost. 

To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?

Ceilidh - always Ceilidh 

What can audiences expect from your show?

Captivating storytelling, stellar performance, beautifully crafted text, terrible innuendos, sassy costumes, cheeky cabaret songs, dapper drag, home truths and heartfelt honesty. Underneath it's campery this show really in a pertinent reflection of our own identities and how we accept others. 

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