Edinburgh Fringe: Fin Cormack (Fix), interview

This a story, from us to you. With lights… and music. This is a tale about love and connection. About the bonds within brains. And the bonds between brains. And stretching them to breaking point. About taking one day at a time. And living for tomorrow. Internationally acclaimed Worklight Theatre present a brand-new ensemble show about addiction. Based on research and interviews with addicts and the people who love or work with them, Fix follows three very different people battling three very different vices.

AAA caught up with Fix’s Fin Cormack for a chat in between shows.

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in?

Fix is an examination of behavioural addiction through a blend of storytelling, music and science. We follow three characters Zach, Maggie and Robyn as they learn who they are in relation to addiction.

What’s the audience reaction been so far?

Generally very positive! One of the main things about doing a show about addiction is its relationship with the audience; it’s a very personal subject which affects so many families and it needs to be handled with the accuracy it deserves. The amazing thing about Fix is how Joe (Sellman-Leava) and Michael (Woodman) have crafted a show exposing some brutal sides of addiction, but it still feels like a conversation asking ‘how do we help?’. It’s great to see audiences walking away with that.

Do you read your reviews? Do negative ones bother you?

Whatever happens, you’re never going to please everyone. I think everyone wishes otherwise but ultimately if everyone’s tastes were the same, we’d be living in a pretty dull theatre world! I do read some reviews to stay up to date but mainly you focus on your work on stage and the rest follows.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Fix is a fantastic blend of things which a lot of Fringers are here to see. It’s an important topic presented in a way which makes people feel comfortable. Addiction is often a lot closer to home than we think and we can all see ourselves in the characters in Fix. It’s an energetic and entertaining piece which has something for everyone.

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

I stumbled into a show the other day and had literally no idea what I was about to watch. It turned out to be This Really Is Too Much at the Underbelly, and thankfully, it was incredible. That’s the beauty of the Fringe!

I also went to see a play called Hotter at Paradise St Augustines the other night. It’s a super slick look at sexuality and the way we view our bodies and I’d recommend it to anyone.

What’s on your hit list to see?

I’m booked in to see All I Ever Wanted Was Everything by Middle Child. I’ve heard nothing but good things so I’m very excited!

What do you like to do in Edinburgh on your day off?

I’ve still got some time before I have a day off, but I saw a few people wandering around with pitching wedges and putters – I reckon I’ll track down some mini golf and have a couple of drinks.

Do you agree with those who say the Fringe has become too big?

I think that’s exactly what makes the Fringe brilliant. Thousands of people and shows in the same space sharing their work. It does make it difficult to stand out but the magnitude of the festival means there really is something for everyone. Obviously I can’t speak for the locals, but so far they’ve all seemed to love the Fringe too!

Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

Yesterday I was introduced to B.B.L by my castmate Rianna (thank you). It’s near Pleasance Courtyard and it’s the perfect theatre pick me up when you’re low on energy.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen in Edinburgh this year? 

To be honest, I feel like I’ve been wandering down all the wrong streets because there hasn’t been anything too strange yet!

Sell your show in no more than ten words…

Rhythmical, fast paced, human.

Fix, Underbelly Cowgate, 5.40pm, until 27 August, www.edfringe.com

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