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Robert Shaw and Cathy Conneff: My Edinburgh

5th Aug 2016

We caught up with Robert Shaw and Cathy Conneff, director and performer of Poena 5X1, playing in Underbelly's Med Quad until 29 August!   

CATHY CONNEFF

Have you performed at the Fringe before?

I have visited before but never performed. Excited is something of an understatement.

Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?

I love the view from Arthur's Seat. I climb and pretend I am a mountaineer. (I'm not -  this year I have failed do climb both Snowden and Scaffel Pike).

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

Clothes, too many books, many irrelevant things. 

Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?

He's the the faithful doggy who wouldn't leave his master's side, even after death, isn't he? 

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

Freak by Anna Jordan in 2014 

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

See as much stuff as possible! 

To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?

Hell yes. 

What can audiences expect from your show?

A dark and often humorous thriller.

ROBERT SHAW

Have you performed at the Fringe before?

Yes, I first came in 1981 with a youth theatre show.  It went well, so I thought “quit while you’re ahead”.  I didn’t come again until 2009.

Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?

The Scottish National Monument on Calton Hill.  It says everything about why I love Edinburgh.  Plus the view is spectacular.

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

Shorts, sandals, t-shirts and sun cream.

Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?

He was a sweet and faithful dog who saved the world.

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

MUST The Inside Story - an exquisite, honest, life-affirming one-woman show from Peggy Shaw and the Clod Ensemble, at the Med Quad in 2009.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give about the Fringe?

Come and see our show POENA 5X1 at the Med Quad every day at 3.20.

To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?

That is the question.  Definitely to ceilidh.

What can audiences expect from your show?

Beauty, humour, thrills, twists, an amazing soundscape, brilliant acting and a cheese sandwich.  Not a cheese sandwich.

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