Fringe Q&A: BIRTH, Guillaume Pigé

Following a sell-out run at London International Mime Festival 2019, Theatre Re presents a powerful, poignant and uplifting visual theatre piece with live music exploring the bond between three generations of women, their shared loss and the strength they discover in each other.

AAA caught up with Interviewee: Guillaume Pigé, show director and Artistic Director of Theatre Re.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

No, it’s not. We’ve been before… And we are addicted! We have a bit of a love story with The Pleasance. In 2012 we took The Gambler to the JackDome, and then in 2013 we had The Little Soldiers in the QueenDome. Then in 2015, it was Blind Man’s Song in the King Dome and lastly in 2017 it was The Nature of Forgetting in Forth. This year we are in Beyond – it
will be the largest space we’ve played in Edinburgh to date and our most ambitious production. We cannot wait!

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

I’m not in the show this year! It is the first Theatre Re show where I’m only directing. BIRTH is a powerful piece of visual theatre with original live music about what it means to lose and create a new life. It deals with family secrets, parenthood, loss, life – and birth of course.
We follow the journey of Emily, who is six months pregnant when she first reads her grandmother’s journal. As she delves into the depths of her family history, its pages trigger a shift in her sense of reality, unveiling a legacy of unspoken tragedies, courage and unconditional love. Through her story, we portray what is being passed down from one generation to the next.

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend? What’s on your hit-list to see?

I am excited about seeing Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! by Ridiculusmus at Summerhall. I’m also very keen to catch Ockham’s Razor’s new show This Time at Saint Stephens.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Cook a large meal for the whole team! There will be nine of us – so it will probably take the whole day!

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Our best show to date… Come and see theatrical magic!

Pleasance Courtyard, 12pm, until 25 August

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