The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is here! We catch up with performer Pip Barclay, bringing Freeman to this year's festival:

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 is nearly over for another year! 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 Freeman, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 27 August 2018. We caught up with performer Pip Barclay:

Describe Freeman in three words.

‘Gripping, dangerous, vital.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘Yes, this is my first time! I’ve visited the Fringe several times before and have always wanted to take up a show I’m proud of. The audience responses we’ve had to Freeman have always been incredible and I can’t wait for even more people to see it in Edinburgh.’

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

‘Ah there’s so much. Theatre Ad Infinitum, The Vanishing Man, and the Waiting for Godot revival. I’m looking forward to finding all the Fringes hidden gems. I hear Lead Pencil is worth a punt.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘I think the subject matter of the work definitely keeps me going. The message of Freeman and sharing that with the audience is so much more important than my own ego as a performer. I think doing work you care about will keep you going for sure.’

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

‘Well this is my first Fringe so we’ll see it how it goes! I’ve been told everyone falls out with their cast by week three. I guess eating well and not drinking too much might be an idea.’

What are the future plans for Freeman?

‘So after Edinburgh, Freeman is touring around the UK currently until November. I would love to perform it internationally, particularly in the US as we tell several stories of people from the States.’

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

‘Watching Andrew Scott in Simon StephensSea Wall. You feel like he’s with you discovering everything for the first time. There’s an amazing spontaneity to him, as if it could all go wrong at any moment yet he somehow always manages to keep it on track. It’s that absolute danger and the way he controls it that makes you trust him as a performer.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Freeman?

Freeman is a show that is accessible to all people regardless of race, gender or age. The true stories we tell are of people whose voices often go unheard. It’s humbling to be part of production which connects so deeply to so many audience members. I can’t wait for more people to see it, especially those who don’t often go to the theatre.’



Writer: Camilla Whitehill

Director: Danièle Sanderson

Producer: Strictly Arts and Pleasance in association with Belgrade Theatre

Design: John Roddy (sound)

Cast: Keiren Amos; Pip Barclay; Corey Campbell; Kimisha Lewis; Aimee Powell; Marcel White

Freeman runs at Pleasance Courtyard as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 1 – 27 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.