The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is here! We catch up with performer Lottie Cuthbert, bringing Propeller 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 Propeller, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 27 August 2018. We caught up with performer Lottie Cuthbert:

Describe Propeller in three words.

‘Galvanising, brave and provocative.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘I was a part of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2012, an opportunity I gained through the Lyceum Youth Theatre. I was a traditional Scottish Pict in the opening performance dressed head to toe in animal hides and covered in blue and white face paint. I did my best to terrify both the locals and the tourists who had travelled from all over the world. I made another appearance later as an orchestra played some of the music from the film Brave, which had been released that year. We danced around large rocks dressed in kilts and tartan sashes as you do in the Scottish highlands.’

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

‘I am very excited to watch Waiting for Godot as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, and South Bend produced by Grid Iron whose work I love. But I also can’t wait to see the other shows at Pleasance – I love walking into a show at the Fringe where you just don’t know what you might see.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘People in power doing a terrible job running things is certainly a good motivator to keep making art and theatre that questions the way the world works. The theatre community inspires me too. They are the forefront for change and I love being part of that community.’

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

‘Honey and lemon, 9 hours of sleep every night and a balanced diet. If all that fails wine, lots of wine.’

What are the future plans for Propeller ?

‘The show is about changing the world so the end goal is to do just that. In the meantime touring it round the UK would be a pretty good start. On a personal level I hope that Propeller will be the launch pad for the rest of my career as an actor!’

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

‘I was blown away by Rhinoceros at the Lyceum Theatre earlier this year. The message was terrifying and brilliant all at the same time. Zinnie Harris’ writing was excellent as always.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Propeller ?

‘The Scottish Drama Training network is a brilliant organisation. Being able to offer eight graduating actors the opportunity to showcase their talents on a world stage is a completely unique experience both for us as performers/artists but also for audiences coming to watch Propeller. I cannot urge people enough to come and see what the college graduates from all over Scotland can produce when given an opportunity such as this one.’

 

 

Director: Caitlin Skinner

Producer: The Network Ensemble with SDTN and The Pleasance

Cast: Cindy Awor; Isla Fairfield; Lottie Cuthbert; Owen Cummins; Poppy Smith; Rachael Keiller; Ross Donnachie; Sophie Maclean

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