Edinburgh Fringe: Kate McWilliam (No Show), interview

New contemporary all-female circus from award-winning director Ellie Dubois. What do you expect when you go to the circus? The glitzy smiles, the glitter of sequins, the drum rolls as performers effortlessly perform death-defying acts? No Show joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship. There will be desperate attempts and heroic failures, glorious achievements, bruised bodies and egos. No Show goes behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution to showcase the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection. A show for anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.

AAA caught up with No Show’s Kate McWilliam for a chat in between shows.

How has your Fringe been so far?

It’s going so fast!

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

It’s an all female circus show, it’s got a very sparkly opening number and we deconstruct the things that go on behind the scenes in the circus world.

What’s the audience reaction been so far?

We’ve had an amazing response, people stop us everywhere, they feel the need to tell us they loved it – it’s quite overwhelming!

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

Yes I do and no I’m not bothered by negative comments or reviews. I think the arts are based opinion and not everyone is always going to like what you do.

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

We’ve had some amazing 5 star reviews and won an award, people who don’t know us have come to see the show, loved it and told friends to come see it and they did and loved it too – it’s a very honest show and relatable in one way or another for everyone.

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

All Genius, All Idiot and Border Tales.

What’s on your hit list to see?

A: Old Stock: A refugee love story

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

Wander around, enjoy the atmosphere of the Fringe and probably a trip to the spa!

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

I think that the Fringe booklet is incredibly overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start but if you come to Edinburgh, listen to the recommendations and word of mouth it’s great. It’s a really fantastic thing that happens in Scotland every year and it often feels like the only chance we get to see so many amazing shows.

Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

The Made in Adelaide bar in the Summerhall courtyard is great!

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

A lady a pull a maraca out of her vagina!

Sell your show in no more than ten words…

Heartwarming, honest, genuine, thought-provoking, humorous, badass, empowering, unlike anything else!

No Show, Summerhall (Venue 26), 4.15pm, until 27 August, www.edfringe.com

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