Lost Tail Theatre Company talk about LOST LORE at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name: Lost Tail Theatre Company
Name of Edinburgh show: Lost Lore
Venue: theSpace @ Jury’s Inn
Performance time: 4.15
Show length: 45 min
Ticket price: £10, £8 Concession, £30 Family

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
We are Lost Tail Theatre, made up of Director Ellis Buckley and performers Lucy Alexandre and Gill Morley! We’re a graduate company that met at Falmouth University’s Acting course and formed shortly after graduating, . Our performers have history in musical theatre, dance and circus performance and are so excited to bring our first show as Lost Tail to audiences!

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
Lost Lore is a multimedia, multidisciplinary storytelling and theatre performance. We use projected animation and live sound art to explore two traditional Celtic stories with just a dash of comedy thrown in for good measure as Lucy tries to teach Gill why these stories are worth remembering! Hopefully she passes these stories on to her and we can pass them on, in turn, to you. Lost Lore is a perfect show for storytelling fans, art fans and families alike!

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audi-ences in 2018?
Lost Lore has been in concept for a year for Lost Tail and has been in rehearsal since early june- its not always easy to find the time as a new company (curse these student loans!). We believe that festival culture is a wonderful thing and everything built on top of it in the UK is fantastic. That being said, its important to remember where these traditions come from and that’s why we have made Lost Lore, as a reminder and a chance to share some of the origins of Summer Festivals and the stories that accompany it.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
See as much as you can! Really, there are so so many hidden gems at the Fringe and it can be so hard to know what to see sometimes so just see as much as you can! For performers you’ve got to get out there and flyer your heart out and for visitors if someone thrusts a flyer into your hand give it a good look, you never know if you’ve been given the golden ticket to your next Fringe Favourite. (and we’re not just saying that to tempt you in to our’s)

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Lucy; well, I once choked on a chip on stage… that sucked.

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Ellis: Simon Stone is an enormous inspiration for me. His adaptation of script and staging is completely inspired. Yerma with Billie Piper was a searing performance and Stone’s direc-tion and use of the glass box stage in the show has really stayed with me- I think the rest of Lost Tail are sick of hearing me gush about it!

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
We do… and rituals are a very private thing, as you’ll find out in Lost Lore… maybe meet us in the bar afterwards and we’ll share them with you.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Puffin Island at Nicholson Square Greenside is one show that we can’t wait to see- those guys look like they’re dong an amazing job!

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
We think we really do have something to offer everyone at the Fringe in Lost Lore. Looking for something you can’t find many other places? Our live animation and sound art have got you covered with some real beauty. Want a family show that adults will get as much out of as their children, our stories have got you covered. Looking for a late afternoon laugh at some actors making a bit of a fool of themselves? Look no further.

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