The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is here! Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with director Katharina Reinthaller, bringing Diary Of An Expat to Underbelly Cowgate 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 Diary of an Expat, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 2 – 26 August 2018. We caught up with director Katharina Reinthaller:

Describe Diary of an Expat in three words.

‘The Queen. Sausage Rolls. Brexit.’

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

‘I definitely want to see Katie Mitchell’s production La Maladie de la mort at the international Festival, Le Gateau Chocolat and Status at Summerhall. Also, on my must see list are the Power Plays by CleanBreak, especially Emma Dennis-Edwards‘ play Funeral Flowers. This list could go on forever.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘I’m inspired by many things – stories, textures, people, events, exhibitions, performances, nature – it’s often the small things that make me realise artists need to keep making, doing and provoking in order for shifts to happen. Even if this is sometimes very exhausting and seems futile. Because I’m a theatre maker it feels amazing to see a show where performers transport their energy to you and really connect with their audiences. There are a handful of shows that have blown me away and influenced me personally and in my artistic work.’

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

‘If I have the Fringe Blues, I have a couple of go –to shows, that I know will fix me: Hot Brown Honey and Massaoke. No better way to get over that bad review than with Busty Beatz and her crew or letting your hair down to a cheesy Grease song!’

What are the future plans for Diary of an Expat?

‘We’d love to tour – internationally as well as the UK. I think it is important to focus more on rural touring, get to know your audiences better. I’ve toured a lot – from big theatres to tiny village halls – and want to continue to do so in the future.’

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

‘One of the best things I recently saw was RashDash’s Three Sisters after Chekhov at the Yard. I was confused when I left but also exhilarated. The playfulness and energy the performers had was extraordinary and they managed to make me laugh, be angry and intrigued at the same time. Loved it.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Diary of an Expat?

‘Well, I do think our show is special and different in that the topics of our show are also embedded in the work and personality of its collaborators. To have an Austrian director, Italian writer/ performer, Scottish sound designer and Lithuanian set designer working on a show about the repercussions of Brexit just proves how important it is to actually create bonds between countries, not borders and that together we can achieve something beautiful.’

 

 

Writers: Cecilia Gragnani; Jvan Sica

Director: Katharina Reinthaller

Design: Rasa Selemonavičiūtė (set); Neil McKeown (sound); Manuel Luigi Frenda (lighting)

Cast: Cecilia Gragnani; Steve Wickenden

Diary Of An Expat runs at Underbelly Cowgate as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 2 – 26 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.