An explosion of human experience comes to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in THE WOMAN AND THE CANVAS
Name: Steven Green Artistic Director Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company
Name of Edinburgh show: The Woman and the Canvas
Venue: TheSpace Triplex
Performance time: 17:35 (3-11 August)
Show length: 55 minutes
Ticket price: £9-£12
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company, is exactly that and with this project we are delighted to be able to collaborate with one of our associate companies, the highly acclaimed Theatre Re who have of course previously stormed the fringe with their hit shows The Nature of Forgetting (2017), Blind Man Song (2016), Little Soldiers (2014). It is a privilege for our actors, who are completing their training with this project to work with this inspiring and groundbreaking company.
Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
The Woman and the Canvas is a large scale ensemble piece of physical theatre, delivered by a cast of 31 that explores the work of our imaginations and our childhood memories, combining in an explosion of human experience.
How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
This show has been in development for nearly twelve months, with two r&d periods prior to the final intensive rehearsal period leading up to the fringe itself.
Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Listen to the word on the street and in the bars and cafes as to what to see and trust your instincts on the occasional left field suggestion too. The less commercially known venues often hold some of the gems of the fringe and it isn’t always worth seeking them out too. Bring a coat, trainers and be prepared to spend a majority of your time either putting on or pulling off layers of clothing. The weather in Edinburgh is never consistent.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Impossible to answer, there is a cast of 31 – there have been loads! However, falling off a stage into a mans unsuspecting lap face first is undoubtedly up there I think…
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Simon McBurney and Complicite. Genius. Enough said.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Walking the space. Every single one of our actors walk the traffic of their show to enable them to ensure they are tuned in and the show is in their muscle memory. This is a great focussing exercise for those who care to use it. It enables you to really relax and own the space.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Because, with a cast of 31 on stage, sweating, running, lifting and throwing themselves all over the stage it is like nothing else you will see at this years fringe. In fact, it is like nothing you are ever likely to see again. It makes you cry-smile, surely the best form of smiling and the best sort of tears?