+3 Interview: The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck

“I guess I got lucky with my first Edinburgh experience but at least I realised early on what was possible.”

WHO: Jimmy Jewell, Producer

WHAT: “Escape to Beatrix Potter’s wonderful world and enjoy her timeless tales of our favourite characters Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Award-winning soprano and actress Michelle Todd and the Children’s Classic Concerts Festival Ensemble perform Stephen McNeff’s enchanting musical settings, which have delighted audiences across the world. ‘Perfect for kids… it has a great charm and a tour de force narration’ (Guardian). Peter and Jemima image copyright held by Frederick Warne & Co.”

WHERE: Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (Venue 360)

WHEN: 12:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I have been coming to the fringe for the past twenty years. As a fresh faced 17 year old I came with the National Youth Music Theatre in our production of Bugsy Malone where I played Sam the Piano Player! We played at the George Square Theatre and transferred straight to the West End the following year. I guess I got lucky with my first Edinburgh experience but at least I realised early on what was possible. I have been here as a performer, a musician, writer and for the last few years as a producer.

Tell us about your show.

The show is called ‘The Tales of Peter Rabbit & Jemima Puddle-Duck’ by the legendary Beatrix Potter, and it is derived from a concert adaptation by Adrian Mitchell with music by Stephen McNeff. I first heard it one year ago when the star of our show, Michelle Todd, played it to me. I knew it would be perfect for the fringe so I contacted Children’s Classic Concerts in Scotland, e-mailed the composer, and got on with it! We have plans to tour the piece internationally following the Edinburgh run.

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

My audience is very age specific – The Tales of Peter Rabbit & Jemima Puddle-Duck is aimed at 3 – 9 years olds so I would recommend the David Walliams show ‘First Hippo on the Moon’ or ‘Gruffalo’s Child’.


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+3 Interview: Circa: Humans

“I’ve already been won over by great coffee and familiar faces, so it’s off to a good start.”

WHO: Cecilia Martin, Acrobat

WHAT: “The new, thrilling and heart-stopping performance from the internationally acclaimed Circa (Closer, Beyond, Wunderkammer). Humans is an ecstatic love letter to our endangered species. Created by Yaron Lifschitz and fresh from a storming season at Sydney Festival, ten acrobats go faster, harder and higher than ever before, taking us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human and of how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations all form part of who we are.”

WHERE: Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (Venue 360)

WHEN: 19:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Yes! It’s my first time in this amazing city, ready to be overwhelmed by some world class talent and spread delight with a new Circa show (I’ve already been won over by great coffee and familiar faces, so it’s off to a good start).

Tell us about your show.

Humans was created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa ensemble and it first premiered at the Sydney Festival in January 2017. Since then it has been performed in three countries internationally.

The show is being produced in Edinburgh by Underbelly, and this will be our longest season so far, marking the end of a five-month tour of Europe and Canada. We are then heading back to Australia for rehearsals before taking the show to France in October.

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

This question is a little tough because I haven’t yet had a chance to fully sink my teeth into what this festival has to offer, but there are a bunch of shows I’ve caught at other festivals and can highly recommend.

For circus, Aussie pals Casus will blow you away with Driftwood and All Genius All Idiot are the best kind of insane. For kids and adults alike make sure you catch Children are Stinky or Trash Test Dummies, and for something not Australian and not circus (yet truly incredible theatre) Butt Kapinski is where to go. Also I haven’t yet seen (but heard amazing things) about Hot Brown Honey, Fauna and Soweto Gospel Choir.


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