The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer & performer Ivy Paige, who is bringing Seduction to Assembly George Square this year:

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 is officially less than one week away. 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 Seduction, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 26 August 2018. We caught up with performer Ivy Paige:

Describe Seduction in three words.

‘Fun, flirty, fabulous’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘No, I’ve been coming to the fringe as a performer or audience member since 2000. Although I have experienced the fringe many times, no two fringe experiences are ever the same. It is such a unique, exhilarating, exhausting and incredible experience that it’s hard to stay away from. Whenever I have taken a year off I have get the feeling that somehow I’m missing out on the party lol. And although is known for its late nights and revelry, make no mistake that four weeks at the fringe is not a holiday. Which is why by week three most performers are walking around looking like zombies. That said it’s most definitely a labour of love!

‘I’m excited for this year’s fringe. After being on The Voice this year and my documentary being aired on BBC1, it’s been an exceptional year so far. Edinburgh is always slightly nerve wracking, you hope your show will be well received and people will come! In my student days I think we once played to 3 people! However I have a feeling that this is going to be good year for everyone at the Fringe and I’ve really enjoyed the process of creating the show and I cannot wait to share it with everyone at Edinburgh.

‘In 2013 I bought my show Ivy PaigeHeadMistress to Just The tonic although my first ever appearance at The Festival was in 2000! I was but a mere drama student appearing in a sketch comedy show called Changeling Rooms. The Fringe made such an impact on me, I couldn’t believe how many shows you could see and how incredible it was to be surrounded by such amazing talent. From that first fringe I knew that one day I would bring my own show to the festival and I am so excited to be playing in St George’s Square this year under Assembly.’

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

‘That’s a tough question as there are so many amazing performers who I will go and see! I love Late and Live at the Gilded Balloon and will go many times throughout the fringe. I also like to let flyers convince me of shows to go and see. I think that’s half the fun of the fringe and I remember all too well flying in the street selling my show. Performers I am looking forward to seeing this year include Dusty Limits, Myra Dubois, Ruby Wax and Stephen K Amos.’

Ivy Paige (image courtesy of Steve Ullathorne)

Who are your inspirations?

‘I draw my inspiration from many different areas. I live by the idea that your biggest competition is yourself so it’s important to continue to develop, grow and challenge yourself as an artist. This year and in particular this show I have been inspired by the idea of the notion of seduction. As an artist who has become synoumous with seducing my audience (their words not mine lol), I wanted to explore the theme in more detail and that for me is through comedy, live music and cabaret. Seduction and seducers and have made up some of the greatest stories and scandals of history so I like to think I am just keeping the tradition alive….’

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

‘Plenty of gin! Aside from that lots of sleep, when I can which is easier said then done at the fringe! I always join a gym and yes I do look as glam in the gym as I do onstage…’

What are the future plans for Seduction?

‘The ultimate dream is to perform my show in Las Vegas. Directly after Edinburgh I will probably jet off somewhere and collapse on a beach for two weeks. But next year sees my show going on a National Tour, so after Edinburgh it will be full steam ahead on planning and prepping for the tour.’

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

‘I recently saw Chris Green’s Music Hall Monster at Wilton Hall in London and that show for me was an absolute masterclass in how theatre and cabaret can meet. The incredible story of the rise and fall of Fred Barnes was so wonderfully and genuinely interpreted and brought to life by Chris  that I after the show I was left feeling that if I am ever half that good I will be happy. Watching a show and artist such as Chris  inspires me to push myself and be the best I can be.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Seduction?

‘The show features live music and some of the original music was co written with my musical partner in cabaret crime, Pete Saunders who used to be in Dexy’s Midnight Runners.’

 

 

Writer: Ivy Paige; Meryl O’Rourke

Director: Lucinda Ryan

Composer: Ivy Paige; Pete Saunders

Performer: Ivy Paige

Producer: So Television; Broken Robert Productions

Seduction runs at Assembly George Square as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 1 – 26 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.