In August it all kicks off, the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Daniel Perks catches up with actor Sarah Roy, bringing Catherine and Anita to this year’s festival:

For three weeks Scotland’s capital welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe began in 1947 when eight theatre companies turned up uninvited to perform at the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. The companies were refused entry to the programme but decided to perform on the fringe of the Festival anyway. The Fringe has remained true to the defiance expressed by the eight companies who performed here in 1947, upholding its open access principle that permits anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them to participate.

Here at Miro Magazine, we are incredibly excited by the biggest fringe ever. So, up until the 4 August, when the fringe really kicks off, we will be profiling some of the shows playing this year and getting to know the people, theatre companies and performers that are shaping one of the strongest fringe offerings ever seen.


Catherine and Anita

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Catherine and Anita, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 26 August 2017. I caught up with actor Sarah Roy:

Describe your show in three words.

Arrested abuse untreated.

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

Nervous and excited! I can’t wait to be there for the entire month, it’s such an incredible atmosphere.

Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?

I’m looking forward to seeing the quirky stuff that you don’t usually get to see and lots of other new writing.

How do you feel to be performing at Assembly Rooms?

Getting to perform at the Assembly Rooms is such a privilege and sharing the venue with so many other amazing artists is very cool.

Who or what are your inspirations?

Cush Jumbo‘s Josephine and I at the Bush Theatre actually inspired me to do this show.

What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?

Finding a balance between getting enough rest and seeing as many shows as possible!

What are the future plans for your show?

I hope the show has legs that will reach much broader audiences.

What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?

This is cheating slightly as it was the end of last year but One Night In Miami at the Donmar Warehouse. That show blew my mind. I was thinking about it for days afterwards.

Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?

I’ve worked with Derek Ahonen (the writer of Catherine and Anita) in New York for years so I’m really excited to be bringing his work to the UK. He’s an incredible writer.


Catherine and Anita plays Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 3 – 28 August 2017. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.