The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is here! Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer & performer Katie Dye, bringing Baby Face to Summerhall 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 Baby Face, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 26 August 2018. We caught up with writer and performer Katie Dye:

Describe Baby Face in three words.

‘Talcum Powder Explosion.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘I have not performed in Edinburgh before, but I have been to see performances at the festival for a number of years. I am feeling excited, and this is a very busy time, with lots of preparation and things to organise and do. I feel like I need to mentally and physically prepare myself for how full on the experience will be and try to enjoy it as fully as possible.’

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

‘I am looking forward to seeing Void by Mele Broomes and My Right Left Foot The Musical by Birds of Paradise and NTS.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘The performance artist Ann Liv Young – because I love the way she approaches performance as something that is not perfect and completely live. Split Britches – because I enjoy the way they can create a warm and generous environment/feeling of community surrounding an event, and also the way they work with text and autobiography. Lucy McCormick – I saw her Triple Threat, and the movement and comedy in the show was incredible – really allowed the audience to be entertained and emotional too. Tracey Emin – because she has fully invested herself in her work and has so many different forms of creation. I enjoy how even a simple drawing/ video piece is a pure form of expression for her.

‘What gives me energy to create is the feeling of performing. It is so liberating to dance/ move/ speak in front of people in a way that sets you free, and also hopefully sets other people free – this is what keeps me going.’

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

‘I have not done the Fringe before, but I have been told that in terms of surviving – getting a massage at a spa in Edinburgh can be good!’

What are the future plans for Baby Face?

‘I am interested in touring the work across the UK and further afield. I would like to connect with live art and contemporary performance venues to discover further contexts for the work. I would also like make the visual imagery of the piece go further in a photographic sense, so the performance can reach more people in that way.’

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

Guerilla by El Conde de Torrefiel at Tramway in Glasgow. This was a visually exceptional and extremely subversive performance, and it was great to see some work by in international company.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Baby Face?

Baby Face explores the infantilisation of women. We live in an age where paedophilia is not ok, yet fetishised images of women as pre-pubescent girls are. In many ways I have childlike attributes to my body, which is seen as a massive ‘tick’ in terms of modern day beauty ideals. Baby Face is a solo performance that involves dancing, sound and myself mixing the childlike and sexual to ask if innocence really is a sexy/ attractive quality – and why we use this infantile way of being and appearing to get what we want, especially in interpersonal relationships. The show explores the moral conscience and the amoral nature of desire when it comes to the infantilisation of women, and what this says about our culture today.  It is the winner of Summerhall’s Autopsy Award 2018.’

 

 

Writer/ Performer: Katie Dye

Producer: Jack Stancliffe

Design: Zac Scott (sound); Michaella Fee Rossi (lighting); Daniel Hughes (video)

Baby Face runs at Summerhall as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 1 – 26 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.