“We have a very short rehearsal period to create a huge, glamorous ensemble show which is really exciting and a completely unique experience.”
WHO: Josh Myers, Performed
WHAT: “A reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, the ‘superbly talented’ (List) Young Pleasance bring the glitz, glamour, and seedy underworld of interwar Berlin to life with characteristic high production values, ‘sheer professionalism and talent’ (EdinburghGuide.com). Follow Lotta as her Red Shoes lead her on a rags-to-riches journey from the steps of the orphanage through the hedonism of its dance halls, and finally as an actress on the silver screen as Germany teeters on the brink of disaster. Vivaciously light with disturbingly dark undertones. ‘Always one of the hottest tickets at the Fringe’ (The730Review.co.uk).”
WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Beyond (Venue 33)
WHEN: 15:30 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
This is my second time performing at the Fringe (I also performed with Young Pleasance last year) but I first visited with my family when I was 8 and have done a number of times since. And while just going to see shows at the festival is exciting and hectic, performing is even more so!
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?
Turning 18 and supposedly becoming an ‘adult’. It’s weird because I definitely don’t feel like one.
Tell us about your show.
It’s based on Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Red Shoes’. Our version is set in early 20th-Century Berlin, so as we see the protagonist grow up we move from the seedy yet glamorous nightclubs of the Weimar period to the Nazi’s rise to power. We have a very short rehearsal period to create a huge, glamorous ensemble show which is really exciting and a completely unique experience. Working with new people has been lovely and has meant I’ve been learning a lot in such a short amount of time, as well.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
They should, of course, come and see our show again and recommend it to everyone they know! But Incognito and Spies Like Us, two companies of Young Pleasance alumni, promise to put on brilliant shows (‘Tobacco Road’ and ‘Woyzeck’ respectively). I also love seeing comedy at the festival and last year Adam Riches’ show made me howl with laughter.
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