The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer & performer Fran Bushe, who is bringing Ad Libido to Pleasance Courtyard this year:

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 is open! For its 71st year, the world’s biggest arts festival descends upon the Scottish capital, bringing with it a series of productions that innovate, imagine and leap into the unknown. Fringe veterans and first timers share stage space, flyer side by side and plaster their posters all over the city to try and entice us in to witness their moments of magic.

Here at Miro Magazine, we are incredibly excited by the biggest offering that Edinburgh has ever seen. Throughout the festival, we will be profiling some of the shows playing this year, as well as reviewing, listing and round up every performance. This is our way of getting to know the theatre companies and performers that are hoping to sell out and share their success.

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Ad Libido, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 27 August 2018. We caught up with writer & performers Fran Bushe:

Describe Ad Libido in three words.

‘Welcome. To. Sex-Camp.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘This will be my fifth Edinburgh, but the first year I’m taking a solo show up. This means it’s my first Fringe where I don’t have to share a bed and am so excited to not wake up accidentally spooning another cast member. My previous shows have all been sketch shows with award nominated Kitten Killers and this is my first Edinburgh performing with Pleasance Theatre. Ad Libido is an incredibly personal show, telling my own story of how I went on a mission to fix my own sex life.’

Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while in Edinburgh?

‘There are so many brilliant shows going up this year, but I’m keeping an eye open for Awakening by Kirsty Osmon, Love Songs by Alissa Cooper, Bottom by Willy HudsonLucy Burke’s Weird, Thea-Skot Through the Heart and You’re to Blame, Rob Auton and Beth Vyse.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘This show is all written from my own experience and so I have been inspired by the people and places around me: the sex camp I booked onto, the doctor’s I visited, the men who were convinced that their magic penis is the one that can fix me. I work some of the loveliest theatre makers I know and they always inspire me. Always work with lovely people.’

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

‘Stay hydrated and eat mostly millionaire’s shortbread from Black Medicine café.’

What are the future plans for Ad Libido?

‘The plan is to hopefully tour the show to different theatres and festivals. I’ve also been talking to fantastic sexual health charities Sexpression: UK and Brook who do such positive work in sex education and hopefully we will make the show make a real difference.  There are so many people, men and women who feel they are sexually abnormal or broken and Ad Libido helps open up a dialogue in fun glitter ball a-go-go way.’

What is the best production you’ve seen in the last 12 months?

‘Can I have a joint top three? A Hundred Words for Snow directed by Lucy Atkinson, Good Girl by Naomi Sheldon (both at the incredible VAULT Festival) and Dust by Milly Thomas at Soho Theatre were all incredible shows.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Ad Libido?

‘My show was first developed on a Bryony Kimming’s workshop, scratched at the Battersea Arts Centre, selected for the Pleasance Theatre’s prestigious Litmus Fest and then further developed through residencies with Theatre Deli and Arts Depot.’



Writer & Performer: Fran Bushe

Director: Ellen Havard

Producer: Hannah Tookey

Composer: Ben Champion 

Design: Annie May Fletcher (sound); Peter Small (lighting); Lizzie Leech (set)

Ad Libido runs at Pleasance Courtyard as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 1 – 27 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.