The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer, director & performer Charlotte Fox, who is bringing Ouroboros to Underbelly Cowgate 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 Ouroboros, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 2 – 14 August 2018. We caught up with writer, director & performer Charlotte Fox:

Describe Ouroboros in three words.

‘Exciting, Disturbing & British.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘No, I’ve been for the last two years. Cant wait!! Bring it on! Zero days off from now until then, getting my body fit af etc. My show is quite physical, so I am spending a lot of the time developing strength and stamina. 14 days of shows, if my body can handle it then so can my mind.’

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

Theatre Ad Infinitum, I am always in awe of their work. It is truly theatre making magic at its finest. I recognise so much of the Jaques Lecoq influence which will never fail to inspire me. Also Das Dame Frau Welt, Skin A Cat, The Thelmas.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘Woah, so much. I get inspo from everywhere! A walk in the great outdoors, getting lost in a forest. Listening to music, tea and cake conversations with my papa. Laughing a lot with my boyfriend/ best friend! Reading, writing, listening to other actors and artists and just knowing that I could not possibly get as much happiness and satisfaction as I do from acting and performing. I love it. Believing in the pursuit of my dream and dharma. Understanding the power of art/ theatre/ acting, great power to inspire, educate and transcend audiences out of their everyday minds and catapult them into the world of imagination. That is inspiration. Using yourself to serve other people in a way that brings joy. Also, life can be tough. There is conflict and much to separate us these days, if art can unify and bring people together in a collective experience that is quite meaningful to humanity right.’

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

‘Fags and booze kept to a minimum, plenty of leafy greens, yoga. Forcing myself to drink weird early morning concoctions filled with vitamins… That taste like pond water. Binge on theatre. G&Ts to come down when necessary. Be happy! Enjoy it, the process, it’s an experience. I’m just grateful to be there with the opportunity to share my work tbh.’

What are the future plans for Ouroboros?

‘Get my own BBC series and get shot to fame like Catherine Tate!! Wouldn’t that be lovely? It would be great if this show was programmed elsewhere, Soho theatre would be great, Leicester Square Theatre perhaps. Who knows! I’m slightly frustrated with the shape of things in my career, and how I should change myself or I’m never “good enough!”  Hence the making of Ouroboros… So I might just take a trip across the pond.’

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

‘Maybe performance artist Lucy McCormack‘s Triple Threat at Soho, that was on another level! Her ability to provoke the audience and using her body in such a way. Was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The messiah.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Ouroboros?

‘It’s explosive, thrilling and dare I say… unique!? Multi genre vibes, I believe there is something in there for everyone. It is particularly relevant to actors! And it comments on the zeitgeist of modern living. As a woman or man in a society that feels under pressure to look a certain way. Looking for external fixes which can be harmful rather than inward attention.’

 

 

Ouroboros runs at Underbelly Cowgate as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 2 – 14 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.