+3 Interview: We Are Ian

“We’re still sorta learning the ropes.”

WHO: Nora, Dora and Kat, Performers

WHAT: “It’s 1989. Manchester. A frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. Illegal raves and acid parties. Jumping up and down in a field and throwing two fingers to Thatcher… Remember it? Cus we don’t. We weren’t even born. But Ian was. Ian remembers. Ian reckons we’ve got fuck all now. So let’s go back to the 80’s, neck a brown biscuit and bounce around like idiots. Ian’s gonna show us how… The award-winning cult hit of 2016 is back.”

WHERE: Pleasance Dome (Venue 23) ​

WHEN: 22:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

No, we were up with the same show, WE ARE IAN, last year. It went down really well, and a couple of people told us we should go back this year. So we are. We hope that is was the right decision. Or else we’re going to be living off beans for the forseeable future.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’16?

Probably the biggest thing that’s happened to us, was when HOME in Manchester asked us to perform with them as part of their takeover of the River Stage at the National Theatre. Which is a pretty big thing. That, or we all enjoyed some massive sandwiches the other day. They were very big things.

Tell us about your show.

So our company is us three, Nora, Dora and Kat. We make, perform and produce all of our own work – we do get people in to give a helping hand occasionally when we can. We’re all really close mates so we decided to start performing together when we finished University. We’re still sorta learning the ropes. We premiered our show, WE ARE IAN, at the Fringe in 2016, and have been on a national tour with it over this past year, and we’re bringing it back! After the Fringe, we’re continuing the tour, going to Plymouth, Manchester, Sheffield and some other really fun places.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Because our show is soundtracked completely with original tunes from the Acid House Movement in the late eighties, it will proper get you in the mood for going out and continuing the night. We’d probably recommend going out to somewhere like Sneaky Petes and having a dance. That or Pollyanna across the road from us at Paradise Palms is always really great, and always still going when we get out of our show.


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+3 Interview: Gutted

“It’s dynamic, real, life affirming, honest, and it makes people giggle too. “

WHO: Tara Robinson, Co-creator / Director

WHAT: “Liz has got an embarrassing problem and these yogurts aren’t helping; her body’s acting up. After sell-out performances at HOME Manchester and a national tour of hospitals, Liz Richardson shares her real life experiences living as a twenty-something with ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease) in this shameless tale of love, laughter and lavatories. Co-created by Tara Robinson and described by audience members as tight, witty and compelling, Gutted is a frank and funny exploration of our relationship to our bodies when they fail us.”

WHERE: Pleasance Dome (Venue 23)

WHEN: 14:40 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Yes, first time with a show of my own…

Tell us about your show.

Gutted is about a young twenty-something girl living her life with a chronic bowel illness. It’s about the embarrassment that brings, the people who make it bearable and the things that you find yourself laughing about. It’s a one-woman show featuring Liz Richardson, co-created with me Tara Robinson, and is based on Liz’s own real life experiences. It’s dynamic, real, life affirming, honest, and it makes people giggle too.

It’s a co-production between HOME Manchester and The Conker Group, and is also being produced by Making Room. We premiered the show last year at HOME to sell-out audiences and enjoyed a tour of UK hospitals later in the year. We’re booking a theatre tour for Spring 2018 at the moment so if you’re not in Edinburgh, look out for us nearby…

Gutted has got a bit of everything – laughs, frankness, authenticity, a love story (not soppy), and a bit of education – which itself makes it something of a winner, but it’s also a show about how we deal with shit. We think that’s universal.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

I’m excited about so much: Kieran Hurley’s “Heads Up”, fanSHEN’s “Lists for the End of the World”, Touretteshero “Not I”, Rachel Mars “Our Carnal Hearts”… too many to choose.


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+3 Interview: AnimAlphabet the Musical

“Many of the families return to watch the show again. It’s lovely to see familiar faces in the audience.”

WHO: Jake Addley, Actor

WHAT: “Treble Clef Island is a wonderful land of music, song and dance, but there’s a problem. Calando the Dastardly Duck has escaped and is threatening to steal sound forever. Join Colin the Cockatoo on a quest to find the island animals and thwart Calando’s plans. A waltzing elephant, a reggae frog, a Geordie jazz giraffe and a hip-hop donkey are just some of the musical-misfits Cockatoo will meet along the way. With an island full of bright characters, bold puppets and unforgettably catchy songs, written by The Hoosiers, it’s a family musical unlike any other.”

WHERE: Pleasance Dome (Venue 23) ​

WHEN: 10:30 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my fourth time performing at the Fringe. My first performance was in 2010 and I returned a year later to perform a one man show called One Fine Day. One Fine Day received excellent reviews and was nominated for The Stage’s Best Solo-Performance Award (Edinburgh Festival 2011).

In 2015 I performed Cross The Shifting Sands, another one man show, and now I’m very excited to be returning to Edinburgh in a brand new family musical called AnimAlphabet the Musical.

Tell us about your show.

AnimAlphabet The Musical is the creation of Al and Sam of The Hoosiers and Mark Hooper and Dean Penn. Al and Sam wrote the music and lyrics and the story was created by Mark and Dean.

It’s such a fun show, the songs are brilliant, each character has their own unique musical style. The show has lots of humour that appeals to all ages. We’ve performed to children from 15 months to over 80 and it has something for everyone to enjoy throughout the show. Many of the families return to watch the show again. It’s lovely to see familiar faces in the audience.

AnimAlphabet premiered at South Hill Park In July. Over 450 people came to watch and the audiences reaction was incredible. More recently (last weekend) we performed to thousands of children and families at Camp Bestival in Dorset and that was a fantastic experience. What next? We are taking AnimAlphabet on tour to a number of UK venues and there are plans to take the show back out on tour in 2018.

AnimAlphabet The Musical is produced by Hit The Mark Theatre.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Come see AnimAlphabet and then, maybe, come see it again. After that Gruffalo’s Child for families, The Nature of Forgetting is a fantastic show, Merrily We Roll Along, and Lula Del Ray by Manual Cinema.


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