The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer & performer Melinda Hughes, bringing Margo: Half Woman Half Beast to Assembly Rooms 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 Margo: Half Woman Half Beast, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 2 – 18 August 2018. We caught up with writer & performer Melinda Hughes:

Describe Margo: Half Woman Half Beast in three words.

‘Decadent, Emotional. Musical.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘No I have done the Fringe twice before with my own satirical cabaret show and a Jazz Trio so I know the ropes! I’m very excited as the show is bigger and better than I could have imagined and its staged so much more theatrical and ambitious than my previous shows.

‘I brought a show called Cocktails with the Diva in 2014, packed full of satirical songs and we handed out news-worthy cocktails to the audience. We were sponsored by a big name Vodka company. We even had bottles left over at the end of the run!’

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

‘I will have lots of friends and colleagues up there so its always a laugh in the bar at night. I’ve got lots of shows I want to catch too!’

Who are your inspirations?

‘Everything inspires me; watching other shows, getting ideas from stories or events that move or amuse me. I love the opera. I love history and I’m a huge fan of comedy and satirical cabaret.’

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

‘I always eat healthy food (no take-outs), I try to get at least seven hours sleep, I try not to talk too much during that day of a show and I will go to the gym every other day.’

What are the future plans for Margo: Half Woman Half Beast?

‘I’d like to bring the show to London as an extended version with a band, bringing special cabaret guests on at the top of the second act.’

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

‘The revival of Salome at The Royal Opera House blew my mind. I am also a huge fan of anything by Ad Infinitum, the Israeli physical theatre group and Austentatious – they are so funny.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Margo: Half Woman Half Beast?

‘It’s a powerful moving highly charged show packed with music, drama with historical and political resonance.’



Writer & Performer: Melinda Hughes

Director: Sarah Sigal

Composer: Jeremy Limb

Producer: Cheyne Productions

Design: Sherry Coenen (lighting)

Musicians: Michael Roulston; Alana Dawes

Margo: Half Woman Half Beast runs at Assembly Rooms as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 2 – 18 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.