The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer & performer Bryony Twydle, who is bringing Flamingo to Underbelly Bristo Square this year:

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 is officially less than one week 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 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 Flamingo, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 27 August 2018. We caught up with writer & performer Bryony Twydle:

Describe Flamingo in three words.

‘Characters. Comedy. Camel-toes.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘It’s my first experience as a solo performer, I’ve been to the Fringe a few times before as part of a group but this feels very different. For starters, my flyer skills are going to need to improve as there’s no one else to rely on.

‘I’m really excited about the show and can’t wait to get it in front of Edinburgh audiences. I am a little bit worried about how I’m going to afford to eat for the month, but who needs food when you have the applause of a loving audience. Me. That’s who. Oh god, how am I going to eat?’

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

‘There are so many great shows that I can’t wait to see. In no particular order: Alison Thea-Skot, Great British Mysteries, Glenn Moore, Helen Duff, Lead Pencil, Tamsyn Kelly and loads, loads more who I’ve definitely forgotten.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘I’m inspired by funny women – both those on TV and those who I’m lucky enough to perform alongside at gigs up and down the country. I grew up watching French & Saunders and dreaming of one day getting to do something similar and they still inspire me now. And when it’s the middle of the festival and I’m feeling like a night in, I’ll probably just lie in bed and re-read Amy Poehler’s book. It’s so good.’

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Flamingo

Bryony Twydle (image courtesy of Idil Sukan)

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

‘If things get too much, then Edinburgh has loads of places you can go that are away from the Fringe; last time I was up I went to climb Arthur’s Seat, although I realised after a while that I climbed the wrong hill – the giveaway was when I got to the top and saw a much bigger hill looming over me.’

What are the future plans for Flamingo?

‘I’d love to give the finished show a run in London and possibly tour it to a few other fringes. But my real dream for after the festival is going on holiday to somewhere less rainy.’

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

‘I know it’s not the most original answer, but Hamilton is by far and away the best thing I’ve seen recently. The way Lin-Manuel Miranda tells stories is a lesson for us all. Even us character comedians.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Flamingo?

‘I hope that what we’ve created is something that is really enjoyable for the audience, while it does draw thematically on various issues we are faced with in modern society – particularly, I suppose, as women – more than anything I want the entire audience to come out crying. With laughter. Preferably.’

 

 

Writer: Bryony Twydle; Tristan Rogers

Cast: Bryony Twydle

Flamingo 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.