Lily Bevan talks about bringing flamingoes and ant-eaters to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in ZOO

Name: Lily Bevan
Name of Edinburgh show: Zoo
Venue: Assembly George Square, Studio Four
Performance time: 11am
Show length: 1 hour
Ticket price: £9.50

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I’m an actor/writer, trained at RADA & now love working in both drama and comedy.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
Zoo is about two women – one in America and one in the UK, both work with and love animals. And, when the going gets tough, their friendship helps them both.

It has hurricanes, flamingoes and lot of laughs. It’s performed by me and the fab actress that is Lorna Beckett along with a gorgeous soundscape by Mike Winship.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
We’ve been developing it all throughout this year. It’s relevant because it’s all about the glorious power and poetry of women’s lives – and female led narratives are coming into the spotlight this year. Woohoo!

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Yes! Yoga. Flat whites. Cheap noodles. Gin. Walks in the Meadows.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Two years ago, in my last Assembly show, Sally Phillips fell off the stage during warm up and broke her foot, not funny at the time – very awkward, but she soldiered on and proved you can still be very funny while still.

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Victoria Wood is my hero. I love Hannah Gadsby and Joseph Morpurgo too.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Yoga warm up, back bends for energy!

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Fils Monkey – great French drummers; Baby Wants Candy – musical improv from the USA.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Ours is original, complex, fun, weird, fierce and it has an ant eater!


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