The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with theatre company Ephemeral Ensemble, who are bringing Offstage 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 Offstage, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 27 August 2018. We caught up with company Ephemeral Ensemble:

Describe Offstage in three words.

‘Chucklesome, thought-provoking and sweaty!’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘Yes. We are making our Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with Offstage, which is our first show as a company. We are experiencing a hurricane of feelings. We are extremely excited to go to the festival and at the same time a little bit anxious. We are very happy to have such a great team around us, feeling very lucky to have a slot at a brilliant venue that is giving us great support, passionate about our work, curious to see other companies. Grateful for the help and support that we have been getting from friends and family. Probably the biggest feeling is excitement. We can’t wait.’

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

‘We are curious to see the physical theatre folks. A Clown Show About Rain from Silent Face, Familie Flöz’ Infinita, Theatre ad Infinitum’s No Kids, Theatre Témoin’s FEED, This Egg’s Dressed, Alba Flamenca and many more.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘For this particular project we were immensely inspired by the people we met through the organisations we worked with, Papyrus – Prevention of Young Suicide and L.A.S. (Life After Suicide). And for our work in general there are a few artists that we often look to for inspiration: Roy Anderson, Julie Taymor, Tadeusz Kantor, Theatre du Soleil… Just the tip of the iceberg! It’s the work of these people that show you that one has to persevere through the hard work in order to reap what you sew.’

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Offstage

Ramon Ayres & Eygló Belafonte (image courtesy of Mathew Hodgkin)

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

‘We don’t have our secret recipe so far! However, we believe that SHARING is a big ingredient to our trip. We plan to share the best work that we can do, share a big hug with the people that we meet. Sit and share other people’s shows, share a laugh, a joy and a tear. Have a drink (drink we don’t share) and share some thoughts and feelings. Share a beautiful city, share the celebration of art at an amazing festival. Last but not least, share a lot of our flyers.’

What are the future plans for Offstage?

‘Touring nationally next spring and hopefully pop in at some festivals in the summer with the work. The dream after the festival is to be commissioned and have a support from a venue – and to be able to create exciting work for many years to come.’

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

‘If you ever get the chance to see FC Bergman’s 300el x 50 el x 30 el – it’s a feast for the eyes.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Offstage?

Offstage uses playful stagecraft, physical theatre and original music to capture the joys of the two performers when they’re on the stage and struggles when they’re out of the spot light. Using onstage and backstage as a metaphor for public and private lives, Offstage takes a look behind the curtain at loneliness and depression in a sensitive and timely exploration of suicide.’

 

 

Director: Eyglo Bonafonte; Ramon Ayres

Producer: Ephemeral Ensemble

Composer: Alex Paton

Design: Josephine Tremelling (lighting); Rob Evison (set & costume)

Cast: Ramon Ayres; Rob Evison

Offstage runs at Pleasance Dome as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 1 – 27 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.