Tales of the unexpected: how one Fringe show is doing things a little differently
Friday 8 August 2014
In amongst the seemingly never-ending barrage of comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe nestles a show of a slightly different ilk – the story of Wendy, a woman in hiding in her grandmother’s attic.
“We Never Land tells Wendy’s story,” explains Kenny Boyle, the show’s writer. “After being arrested for stealing a piece of art, she tells us how she got to her Gran’s attic, before the police take her away.”
So far, so different to the offerings elsewhere in Edinburgh during the festival. But there’s one thing that Boyle can appreciate which the majority of other performers during the Fringe also identify with.
“The best thing about the Fringe is how exciting and buzzing the place is – the atmosphere’s incredible. As well, the chance it gives people all over the world to showcase work is fantastic.”
“Edinburgh especially is beautiful – it’s a place that looks like all the landmarks in the world have been rounded up and shoved in one city. Also amazing is the way that it’s able to change as a city – from hosting the Hogmanay celebrations to the Fringe – you wouldn’t believe it was the same place.”
The relentless slog of back-to-back shows can have an effect on performers. It’s something that the average paying punter sometimes fails to remember, and something Boyle agrees with.
“Exhaustion is probably the worst thing. Working really hard every day, and then sometimes when there’s only a few people in the audience, too. Also the rickets isn’t ideal, thanks to the poor diet we’ve been eating.
“We’ve had a few crazy on-stage experiences, including a moment when our set caught on fire. An actor had left a scented candle lit to add ambience, but it managed to catch the stage alight. Claire [playing Wendy in We Never Land] put it out, though.
“The thing about our previous shows is that being murder mysteries, anything can happen. Interacting with the audience makes it quite unpredictable.
“But it’s worth it when complete strangers come up and say how good the play is, and how much the content has touched them. We once had a very enthusiastic lady stand up and shout ‘fandabidozi!’ at us!”
We Never Land runs 30 Jul – 25 August, 3.45pm at the C Nova. For more information on the play visit www.sonicboomtheatre.com/WeNeverLand