My Fringe Theatre
The year was 1996 and, as a young person living in Edinburgh, participating in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a performer (and someone interested in directing) was made possible by the investment of theatre makers committed to the creativity and aspirations of young people through Lothian Youth Theatre, funded by Edinburgh City Council.
I am proud to have directed and performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe a lot since then. My proudest moment was performing in White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour, and then being asked to return for his play BLANK, both produced by Aurora Nova at Summerhall. I also remember the month I spent as a cat, performing CINEMA by Steven Gaythorpe, produced by ZENDEH as part of Northern Stage at Summerhall.
As an ISPA Fellow I have a window into international theatre and the other brilliant ISPA Fellows; but to take a moment to highlight one I would like to give a shout out to Simon Abraham’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Fringe Theatre means freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom to create, freedom to participate. It is a cultural exchange bringing together people from a mix of geographies and time zones; a mingling and flow of ideas that progress the art forms and our humanity, giving us glimpses into the future by experiencing the shards of the past on our stages.
Header image photo credit David Monteith-Hodge Photographise