The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer, director & performer Mark Down, who is bringing Henry to Pleasance Dome 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 Henry, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 11 – 26 August 2018. We caught up with writer, director and performer Mark Down:

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

Akram Khan and Janice Bruce McHeath’s one woman show Being Alone.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘Most projects come from something that didn’t work in a previous project, and the continuing need to keep trying to make work that I would like to see. The most recent thing I saw that inspired me was Anna Deveare Smith’s Notes from the Field at the Royal Court – which is not like anything we make really but gives me hope for theatre as an art form.’

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

‘I find the fast intense pace invigorating. And we’re doing two weeks this year, which helps!’

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Henry

What are the future plans for Henry?

‘I hope audiences connect with the show. Then I hope that I like the show. And then I hope it will have a future life touring’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Henry?

‘It’s a one man, three man show, narrated by puppeteer, director and “control freak” Mark Down who explores the mystical power of puppetry, assisted by two, slightly sinister, masked puppeteers. Things get out of control when the spirit of Henry enters the puppet. Who is Henry? What does he want? And is he dangerous? At least I think that’s what it’s about – we’re still making it!

‘If The Table was the life of a puppet – Henry is about the life of a puppeteer.’



Writer & Director: Mark Down

Producer: Blind Summit

Design: Ruth Paton; Hansjorg Schmidt (lighting)

Cast: Mark Down; Fiona Clift; Tom Espiner

Henry runs at Pleasance Dome as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 11 – 26 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.