The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is here! We catch up with performer Susannah Austin, bringing NewsRevue to this year's festival:

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 is nearly over for another year! 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 NewsRevue, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 2 – 26 August 2018. We caught up with performer Susannah Austin:

Describe NewsRevue in three words.

‘Satire. Headlines. Idiots.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘I came to the Fringe once before in 2011 with a show called Body of Water with a company called Made From Scratch, made up of young Rose Bruford graduates. We ran at the Pleasance Below and didn’t get huge audiences but some good reviews, and it was a total blast!’

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

‘At the moment, mostly shows my friends are involved with, because I know about them! So A Generous Lover at Summerhall, Just These Please at Gilded Balloon Teviot, Mother at Paradise in Augustines, Shakespeare For Breakfast,Dickens for Dinner and Ed Fringe: The Musical Review at C Venues and anything at the Underbelly that I can get into! I’ll be on the lookout for brilliant children’s theatre as soon as I get up there too.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘Seeing my friends on stage is always really inspiring. It makes me feel massively proud, and I love deconstructing the show in the bar with them afterwards! Plus, you never know who you’re going to bump into or get introduced to!

‘One of my new year’s resolutions is to try and go to the theatre at least once every three months, even if I’m really broke, to see what other people are making, as that’s a sure-fire way to feel inspired to keep going. Especially when it makes you think ‘I want to do THAT!’

‘My Mum, Claire Hamill, is a huge inspiration to me – she signed to Island Records when she was 17 and toured the world with bands like The Kinks and King Crimson – and she’s still gigging and touring at 65 so that gives me hope. My husband Tom (also an actor-musician) is my biggest cheerleader and helps me keep my head when I’m losing it, which can easily happen when you haven’t had an audition in a while.

‘But the main thing that keeps me going is that feeling of utter joy from being on stage, it’s like nothing else.’

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

‘WATER! And sleep. Lots of both – I know it’s a mundane answer but it’s honestly true. We have to look after ourselves when we only get one day off in the month, and there’s nothing worse than losing your voice half way through the month! (Though sometimes you can’t help that if you’ve been flyering in the rain for a week!).

‘Other than that, my tip would be to go with the flow and don’t make yourself too busy. Some of my best Edinburgh memories are from spontaneous nights. With so many artists in one place, you never know what’s going to happen or what shows will be recommended to you, so don’t make too many plans!’

What are the future plans for NewsRevue?

NewsRevue runs at the the Canal Cafe in Little Venice all year round, so it’s great to just spread the word. The London show is updated weekly and the cast changes every six weeks, so the production team are always on the lookout for new talent. Submissions are open to anyone so if you’ve got an idea for a sketch, send it in! It would be wonderful to use the Edinburgh show as a platform to get some great new voices in the mix.’

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

‘Oh this is so hard, you can have my top four because I can’t choose!

Amadeus at the National Theatre for the amazing integration of the orchestra and Mozart is the BEST.

The Birthday Party at the Pinter for its heart-stoppingly good cast.

Women Beware Women at Camden People’s Theatre for the sexy, gory direction and the brilliant fresh graduates.

Ballistic at the King’s Head for tackling the rise of teen suicide and gun control in an incredible script, and for a brilliant performance from Mark Conway.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about NewsRevue?

‘The Edinburgh show is different from the one that runs in London in that it’s made up of the best sketches of the year, so you’ll have an annual round up of the cream of the crop from the past 12 months. We’ve got bad wigs, ridiculous accents and incredible parody songs. If you like the idea of seeing Theresa May, Arlene Foster and Nicola Sturgeon singing along to Lady Marmalade about women having the right to vote for 100 years, this is the show for you.’

 

 

Director: Samuel Hopkins; Mike Turnbull (musical director)

Choreographer: Alyssa Noble

Cast: Susannah Austin; Philippa Carson; Jacob Jackson; Jack Mosedale

NewsRevue runs at Underbelly George Square as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 2 – 26 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.