The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer & performer John Partridge, who is bringing Stripped to Assembly Checkpoint 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 Stripped, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1 – 26 August 2018. We caught up with writer & performer John Partridge:

Describe Stripped in three words.

‘Sheer. Fucking. Brilliance.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘Yes. Although I have played the Edinburgh Playhouse on many occasions – Cats, Miss Saigon and most recently with La Cage Aux Folles. I’m feeling great! I can’t wait to spend the summer in Scotland… have kilt can travel!’

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

‘There are SO many shows! But I do have lots of friends appearing. Helen Lederer, one of my co stars of ITV’s ‘The Real Full Monty’, also Zoe Lyons who I worked with this year in the ‘Masterchef’ kitchen on BBC1. Also Choir of Man, I am friends with Tom Brandon who is the lead vocalist. I could go on and on. My show is at 18:30, which is also very new for me but it gives an opportunity to get out in the
evening and see a few things.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘Performance is part of who I am, it’s in my DNA. It’s been with me my whole life from being six, twelve, twenty six, forty six, sixty six… I will never be sixty six. At least not all at the same time. I talk about this in my show. Throughout my life, the good and the bad I have always had the ability to work and therefore get lost in my work. At times maybe a little too lost. Life imitating art imitating life you could say. Sometimes it is easier to be somebody else than yourself, and I don’t just mean professionally. We all play dress up… not just actors. Sound familiar? These are some of the topics I deal with in my show… but somehow I think this is not just in my show.’

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Stripped

John Partridge

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

‘I’ve never played the Fringe before but I have thirty years of experience in musical theatre performing eight shows a week, every week! So I am well versed in the pace of live performance. Stripped is a very personal show. Joyous and also deeply emotional for me as I honestly face myself and my life and examine just how I have performed on that stage.’

What are the future plans for Stripped?

‘My show is constantly evolving and changing as I am. It’s a one man show. It’s my story. So I am adding to it every day. My show looks back on my life, it looks at where I am now and also asks where I might be going and my ideas about that and my viewpoint are constantly changing. Immediately after the Festival I am doing a twelve week tour of a play The Case of the Frightened Lady… Something I’m
hoping not to be my opening night of the Fringe!’

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

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre in London. A fantastic new British musical. A terrific performance from John McCrea and Josie Walker gives a masterclass in musical theatre. Stunning.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Stripped?

‘It costs around ten pounds to come along and see my show… TEN POUNDS! What can you buy for ten pounds these days? I can tell you this is the cheapest therapy you will ever have. I should be prescribed on the NHS.’

 

 

Writer: John Partridge

Director: Simeon Qsyea; George Stroud (Musical Director)

Performer: John Partridge

Producer: The Jons Ltd

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