The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is here! Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with compere Bernie Dieter, bringing Little Death Club to Underbelly Circus Hub 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 Little Death Club, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 25 August 2018. We caught up with compere Bernie Dieter:

Describe Little Death Club in three words.

‘Funny. Filthy. F***ing fabulous.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘No darlings, I have been to Edinburgh many times before – I love it! I have been here as part of the gin-soaked double act EastEnd Cabaret, and with the infamous and notorious variety show La Clique. I am so excited to bring the Little Death Club here for its UK debut’

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

‘There are so many shows I’m looking forward to this year that I’m not sure how I’m going to fit them all in! Courtney Act who is on in the Spiegeltent just before us, Velma Celli who is absolutely gorgeous and has an incredible voice, and Yana Alana’s Between the Cracks who is an incredible Aussie cabaret superstar. I never miss Le Gateau Chocolat.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘This amazing carnie family of punks, freaks und weirdos that I travel around with, from festival to festival, are all a huge inspiration to me. They keep me going – they are there at 4am with an extra bottle of gin and a cheese board when you really need gin and a cheese board. Also the audiences, I have so much fun playing with them in the tent that every night feels like a late-night lock-in with 500 of my favourite people.’

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

‘Gin. And cheese. Mostly gin.’

What are the future plans for Little Death Club?

‘We are already booking in some extensive Australian touring for 2019 and we hope to bring the show to Europe as well.’

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

‘The best show I have seen in the last 12 months was undoubtedly Josh Glanc’s one-man sketch character comedy hurricane – Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Comedian. I have not laughed so hard in a long time. Und yes I am biased because he is performing with me in the Little Death Club but that’s only because he’s just that good. He has funny bones.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Little Death Club?

‘I created the show with Tom Velvick from Dead Man label two years ago. It started as a late night lock-in in a Spiegeltent and has grown into the ultimate Kabarett show with a Weimar punk jazz band with some of the best acts in the business, who we are lucky enough to call our carnie family. We are super proud of this show and cannot wait to bring it to Edinburgh.’



Writers: Bernie Dieter; Tom Velvick; Marty Hailey

Director: Tom Velvick; Marty Hailey (musical director)

Producer: Dead Man Label

Cast: Bernie Dieter; Jess Love; Josh Glanc; Myra Dubois; Oliver Smith-Wellnitz; Kitty Bang Bang

Little Death Club runs at Underbelly Circus Hub as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 3 – 25 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.