The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer & performer Michelle Sewell, bringing Dysney Disfunction to Assembly Rooms 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 Dysney Disfunction, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 2 – 18 August 2018. We caught up with writer & performer Michelle Sewell:

Describe Dysney Disfunction in three words.

‘Reckless, honest, charm.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘I have performed in the Fringe before but not in my own show. I first performed when I was 18 in like a 5-line speaking role. I was flown out from Sydney for a 10-performance show…Now I’ve got the whole stage to myself and it’s a little terrifying but incredibly exciting!’

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

‘There are some really class acts on this year. Especially from ThisEgg. We performed our scratches at Cambridge Junction together last year and their show, dressed, is, I think going to be great. We’re also lucky enough to be previewing at Theatre503 with some fierce solo-female performers such as Maddie Rice‘s Pickle Jar and Christina Murdock‘s Dangerous Giant Animals are I think going to be awesome!’

Who are your inspirations?

‘I think it’s going on Twitter feed every morning and looking at what’s trending and it’s usually some new injustice happening in the world. And I think of those people who don’t have a voice and I think there’s some responsibility that needs to be taken and a voice that needs to be heard. And I just hope I can do justice to it.’

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

‘Flapjacks.’

What are the future plans for Dysney Disfunction?

‘We’re hoping to take it to Adelaide Fringe next year so it can have an Australian outing. I think a lot of Aussies will relate to this show as it’s about an Australian girl being booted out of the UK because her Visa’s expiring. But then of course we’d love for it to go touring across the UK and hopefully have a full run at Soho… a girl can dream, right?’

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

‘It was probably Muriel’s Wedding at the Sydney Theatre Company, which I saw last December when I was out in Australia for Christmas. It was so brazenly Australian and dug under the skin and delved into the dark heart of some of the culture. It was devastatingly beautiful. I just hope it comes out to the UK!’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Dysney Disfunction?

‘We’re an emerging theatre company based in Norwich. We’ve been super fortunate to have the brilliant support of Norwich Arts Centre who are co-producing, and the support of the European Regional Development Fund as well as ACE Funding.’

 

 

Writer & Performer: Michelle Sewell

Director: David Gilbert

Producer: HACK Theatre

Dysney Disfunction runs at Assembly Rooms as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 2 – 25 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.