“It seems fitting that the city where some of us met is where we are returning with our debut show. “
WHO: Ollie Norton-Smith, Director
WHAT: “Havana, Cuba! A Cold War world of suspicion, suspense and silliness. Amidst the sultry and seductive climes of Havana our heroes twirl, twitch and tango away from enemy agents, MI6 and the truth. Jim Wormold, a run-of-the-mill vacuum cleaner salesman turned accidental spy, resorts to fabricating ludicrous military reports in order to save his business and satisfy his decadent daughter, beginning a hilarious and improbable rise to the top of the British Secret Service. This fast-paced physical farce of peril, espionage and vacuum cleaners will leave you gasping for breath and an ice-cold daiquiri.”
WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
WHEN: 13:00 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
No it is not! As graduates of Young Pleasance, the Pleasance’s youth theatre company, we have all visited and performed at the Fringe over the last 4 years. Edinburgh is a city we love and which some of us have family in, which, in combination with our shared love of the Fringe, means it is a city very close to our hearts. We are particularly excited to be returning with a new company of our own, though, and are champing at the bit for the festival to start.
Tell us about your show.
As a company we were brought together through Young Pleasance, and are performing this year under the XYP initiative. As a company aged 18-21 we likely wouldn’t have met were it not for performing with Young Pleasance in Edinburgh.
It seems fitting that the city where some of us met is where we are returning with our debut show. Our show is a new adaptation of Graham Greene famous novel Our Man In Havana adapted by myself and one of the actors, Hamish Lloyd Barnes. A fast-paced physical farce of espionage, suspicion and vacuum cleaners, ‘Our Man In Havana’ is a fun, silly and family-friendly show.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
We are enormous fans of Gecko and they are a huge inspiration to us in terms of their journey as a company and the physical theatre style they employ. We have been looking forward to seeing The Dreamer for months and can’t wait to do so on our day off. They are consistently one of the classiest acts on the fringe and I have no doubt this year will be no different.
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