The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer Danielle Ward, bringing The Half to Pleasance Courtyard 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 The Half, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 26 August 2018. We caught up with writer Danielle Ward:

Describe The Half in three words.

‘Atomic female lovestory.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘This is not my first time at the rodeo. I’ve written a comedy play based on Take A Break Tales, two musicals, four solo stand-up shows, a horror anthology solo show and a character piece of a wannabe sexual hip hop star.’

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

Anna Mann‘s Cheese and Sex party. Although I’m only actually at the fringe for three days, such is the joy of being a writer.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘There are so many brilliant female theatre-makers at the moment. I saw The Children by Lucy Kirkwood last year. Milly Thomas, Phoebe Eclair-Powell are both exciting new writers. Hannah Price is a great director. Plus I loved X at the Royal Court by not a woman Alistair McDowell. To be honest, working in TV and radio means coming back to theatre is a joy.’

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

‘Not being there.’

What are the future plans for The Half?

‘No firm plans. But I’d love a London transfer, a sitcom spin off, a part in a Star Wars franchise film and an Emmy nomination.’

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

The Writer by Ella Hickson was brilliant. And I should probably give a shout out to Phyllida Lloyd‘s all-female Shakespeare trilogy as I was in the original cast of Julius Caesar.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about The Half?

‘The production team is made up of five women, all in their 40s (well I’m 39 until October) all of us have children ranging between 17 years to 8 months old. And this play doesn’t just pass the Bechdel Test, it kicks it out the park.’

 

 

Writer: Danielle Ward

Director: Anna MacGowen

Producer: Fabric Productions

Cast: Anna Crilly; Margaret Cabourn-Smith

The Half runs at Pleasance Courtyard as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 1 – 26 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.