The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer & performer Sarah Ward, who is bringing Yana Alana: Between The Cracks to Assembly Checkpoint 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 Yana Alana: Between the Cracks, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 2 – 26 August 2018. We caught up with writer & performer Sarah Ward:

Describe Yana Alana: Between the Cracks in three words.

‘Naked, Blue, Woman.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘Like a child before Christmas. One that put all their hopes and dreams into getting a bike even though they don’t know how to ride one yet. They desperately want to learn but know they might not get one cause their parents aren’t rich. Basically I’m seven years old again! That’s a good head space to be going in with yeah?’

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

‘I’m looking forward to being on the ground and sussing things out when I get there. The guide is way to overwhelming. My partner Bec saw some incredible cutting edge theatre last year and I know I trust her taste. I’m into performance art, video and visual art and radical theatre.’

Who are your inspirations?

‘Miss Piggy. Divine. Patti Smith. Yoko Ono. Pipilotti Rist. Artists who use their art to motivate and contemplate. Art can awaken and heal and it does those things for me when I create art and when I have the pleasure of witnessing great art. I have a purpose and I’m a part of a community and that’s what motivates me. I know what it is I’m wanting to say about connectedness, taking care of each other, of the planet and staying awake enough to fight facism and capitalism. Self-love first and then you can love others. This particular show is about acceptance around mental health issues and I constantly find people approaching me after the show telling me their stories. One woman even split from her husband after the show. Art can be powerful!’

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

‘Sleep. Tea. Soups. Having conversations with people about anything but ourselves. Not reading reviews. Having a flyering team cause the idea of begging people to come and see me naked and talk about my mental health makes me want to vomit.’

What are the future plans for Yana Alana: Between the Cracks?

‘I’m performing at the London SOHO for two weeks after the festival, it will be my first time in London. My hopes are to spend a good few months of every year in Europe performing, where there is a big enough population to find my audience. Those who like their cabaret queer, anti-glamour, feminist, anarchic, funny, political and demonic, come and find me.’

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

‘Taylor Mac’s A 24 Decade history of Popular MusicQueer, glitter, incredible costumes, community, chaos, amazing musicians, endurance, politics, pride, power, resistance, rage and beauty. Just some of what I witnessed on the stage over this wonderful cabaret extravaganza.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Yana Alana: Between the Cracks?

‘I’m very excited to be produced by Briefs Factory the company behind Briefs and Hot Brown Honey, two variety shows that have had huge success at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond. This is our most awarded and loved show to date in Australia and has won every major arts award, we are so happy to finally bring it to Edinburgh.’

 

 

Writer: Sarah Ward

Director: Anni Davey

Producer: Briefs Factory

Design: Adrienne Chisholm (set & costume); Paul Lim (lighting)

Cast: Sarah Ward; Louise Goh; Bec Matthews

Yana Alana: Between the Cracks runs at Assembly Checkpoint as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 2 – 26 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.