The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is here! Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer & director Kat Woods, bringing Killymuck to Underbelly McEwan Hall 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 Killymuck, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 27 August 2018. We caught up with writer and director Kat Woods:

Describe Killymuck in three words.

‘Necessary neglected narrative’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘This is actually my fourth Fringe show. My first piece was in 2014 with Belfast Boy for which we won the Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre and The Stage Award for Excellence. The second was in 2015 with a piece called Wasted which transferred to New York as part of The Fringe Encore award. The third was called Mule which had sell-out shows and transferred to London and did a tour of Northern Ireland.’

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

‘I am open to everything and anything but I do try to support as many Irish theatre pieces as possible. Us Irish love a good piece of storytelling! My Left Nut by Michael Patrick looks great, as does Maz and Bricks by Eva O’Connor so I’ll be catching both at Summerhall.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘My actress Aoife Lennon has been exceptionally supportive – this particular play I found a very hard piece to write because it is so personal. Her positivity keeps me from going under sometimes. I am also very aware that the stories that I tell are not often the voices that we hear on stage. This gives me the fuel to keep going.’

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

‘A nice bath. Self-care is so important. Rest is key to survival. Well, that and a gravy chip and maybe a deep fried Mars bar!’

What are the future plans for Killymuck?

‘I would love a London transfer, an Irish tour in both the north and south, a trip to Tampere Fringe, Australia and maybe taking it over to America. Not really planning anything too big, just keeping it local.’

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

‘I can’t pick just one. There are two that I am still talking about: Javaad Alipoor’s The Believers are but Brothers and Misty by Arinze Kene.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Killymuck?

‘We are an all-female working class/benefit class company. Come support us and see what we can do.’



Writer/ Director: Kat Woods

Cast: Aoife Lennon

Killymuck runs at Underbelly McEwan Hall as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 1 – 27 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.