The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer and performer Kirsty Osmon, who with Empty Wallet Productions is bringing Awakening this year:

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 is officially less than one month away. 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 summer, 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 Awakening, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 27 August 2018. We caught up with writer & performer Kirsty Osmon:

Describe Awakening in three words.

‘Expect. Many. Curveballs.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘It is! Both myself and my Empty Wallet Productions partner in crime Kati have worked at the Fringe separately but this is our company’s debut show. It is also my first time performing at the Fringe – it’s all very exciting.

‘I’m flipping between feeling incredibly excited and utterly overwhelmed. It’s a bit like being in love I suppose.’

Awakening Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Kirsty Osmon (image courtesy of Bec Rodger)

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

‘I think the Fringe this year is going to be a really interesting one for female talent, particularly the female solo shows. 2017-18 for women in general has been pretty momentous what with the Harvey Weinstein scandal, #MeToo, #TimesUp and Repeal the 8th in Ireland. It’s bound to be reflected in the festival this year:

  • Ad Libido by Fran Bushe is such a great show! I saw it at The Vaults and highly recommend. It’s very funny and very honest.
  • I’m so excited Skin A Cat is going to the Fringe. It’s a great script, and Blythe Stewart is an excellent director. I was gutted to miss it in London.
  • Pickle Jar by Maddie Rice is definitely on my list. Maddie’s a wonderfully detailed performer so I imagine her writing is the same.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘The small things mainly, I’m really intrigued by ideas about community and connection – how we’re all, ultimately, seeking connection and how we find it in different ways. I recently learnt that an entire audience’s heartbeat synchronizes during a show. Isn’t that incredible?  That’s pretty inspiring, and certainly a good reason to make a show. Each performance creates a mini community.’

Awakening Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Kirsty Osmon (image courtesy of Bec Rodger)

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

‘I’m packing a blender… Sounds extreme but I’ve decided one green drink a day will fix all my problems… (check in with me come September first and let’s see if this method worked).’

What are the future plans for Awakening?

‘The dream would be a London transfer and then for Awakening to tour internationally. This show would be brilliant for American campuses. Also, the intent is get the conversation going. Have people be moved and inspired to talk about their experiences and to share? We want to raise consciousness.’

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

The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth because of the scale of the piece. He marries the intimate and the epic scale beautifully.’

Awakening Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Kirsty Osmon (image courtesy of Bec Rodger)

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Awakening?

‘First up it’s important to highlight Awakening contains trigger warnings and scenes some viewers may find distressing (contact box office for more info). That said, the show is incredibly funny and tackles darker issues with humour and empathy. Awakening moves at one heck of a pace. It’s full of colour, intriguing characters and a fab soundtrack to make you feel nostalgic.

Empty Wallet Productions is a theatre and film company always open to meeting new people. Come say hi after the show or drop us an e-mail.’

 

 

Writer & Performer: Kirsty Osmon

Director: Carla Kingham

Producer: Kati Donlon for Empty Wallet Productions

Design: Rachael Murray (sound)

Awakening runs at Underbelly Bristo Square as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 1 – 27 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.