Edinburgh Fringe: Natasha Granger (Oskar’s Amazing Adventure), interview

Desperate for some fun, Oskar leaves the snowbound, little house on top of the mountain to find a friendly animal to play with. But where are all the animals? And why does Oskar have to wait till spring to play his favourite game again? This heart-warming, humorous play uses a rich mix of storytelling, physical theatre, puppetry, music and song to tell the tale of a puppy’s search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps. A brand new play by Anglo-Swiss Theatre Fideri Fidera – the company that brought you Pitschi, the Kitten with Dreams.

AAA caught up with the show’s Natasha Granger for a chat.

How has your Fringe been so far? 

My Fringe has been pretty good so far. Every Fringe has its tough moments and challenges, but we have had some wonderful audiences, so that of course makes it all worth it. It’s also been really inspiring to see other work and be around some amazing companies.

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

I am in Oskar’s Amazing Adventure, which is a wonderful story about a little Swiss Puppy Oskar. Tired of being snowbound in his little house on top of the mountain, he runs down to the forest to find a friendly animal to play with. Using music, puppetry, and song, we tell the story of this little puppy’s BIG adventure.

What’s the audience reaction been so far?

We have had brilliant responses from our audiences, not just from the children but from their parents too. There is something for the whole family in this tale! It is wonderful to meet each child at the end and find out what they thought, whilst they say goodbye to our two main characters; Oskar and Marmot.

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

I do read reviews. It can be hard to read a negative review but you just have to remember art is subjective. The most important reviews to us anyway are our audience reviews, and making sure the children are really engaged in the story we are telling.

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

We believe that we offer children and their families a chance to be transported into little Oskar’s world in the Swiss Alps. As our age range is 2-8 it can be some children’s first experience of going to the theatre, and that is why it is so important for us to create an atmosphere where they can feel comfortable and join in with the story.

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

For families Nutty Noah which is on at the Pleasance and is hilarious and a must see! For something without the kids: we loved Curse of the Mummy on at Just the Tonic, and of course I have to plug the other show I’m in, 2 Become 1 – the 90s comedy pop musical, both great for a fun night out on the Fringe.

 What’s on your hit list to see?

I can’t wait to watch Trygve Wakenshaw’s Trygve and Baby – I’ve seen his last two shows and he is a fantastically funny clown and comedian. I’ve also heard great things about All we ever wanted was everything, so really looking forward to seeing that.

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

I usually like to see something that clashes with one of the shows I’m doing, but I also think it’s so important to use your day off to escape the Fringe a little. Whether that’s to go to the beach, or up Arthurs Seat, or even just spend all day in bed doing nothing!

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

I’m a little torn on this one. I do think that is so big that the city must be under a lot of pressure, it is so hard to even grab some dinner out without queuing for at least an hour. However, I do think it is the natural progression of things, and it is a place where there are so many opportunities for people and companies and this wouldn’t be the case if it didn’t keep growing.

Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

Ah, so many! I love Ting Thai Caravan (if you can beat the queues)! Nile Valley is also an amazing Sudanese restaurant, BYOB and you can book so it is perfect for a Fringe meal out! Get the chicken shish!

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

Someone dressed as Trump wondering around Bristo Square.

Sell your show in no more than ten words...

Adventure, puppets, and songs for little-ones and their families.

Oskar’s Amazing Adventure, Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), 11.50am, until August 27, www.edfringe.com

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