“Our productions explore the human condition in all its messy, humorous splendour.”
WHO: Fiona Leonard, Writer / Producer
WHAT: “It’s 4am, you’re stuck in the middle of an airport, and you’re downing coffee to stay awake. You also suspect you might be falling for the weird, oddly familiar guy in the corner who seems to have a thing for iambic pentameter. Problem is, you’re going to Hong Kong, he’s going to Morocco and you have one hour until your flight is called. What do you do? J’n’R is a fast-paced comedy loosely based on the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. It may or may not be a love story.”
WHERE: Greenside @ Infirmary Street – Ivy Studio (Venue 236)
WHEN: 13:45 (55 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
Yes it is. Despite lots of Scottish heritage (my grandfather was one, Donald McCallum Carmichael!) this is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Edinburgh. I can’t begin to tell you how excited we all are.
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?
We launched our theatre company, Blue Goat Theatre, earlier this year which has been an incredible experience. We finally have a creative home, and have received so much support both from people here in Düsseldorf, Germany where we are based, and from abroad.
Blue Goat Theatre champions diversity and inclusiveness both on stage and behind the scenes. The creative team behind the company hails from three different countries so there’s always a rich mix of culture and ideas. Our productions explore the human condition in all its messy, humorous splendour.
Tell us about your show.
I wrote this show in the wake of the Trump election and the rise of the #metoo movement. Like many people, I was looking for a way to make a contribution to the conversation. After a recent show one of our audience members wrote: “What a beautiful display of dismantling the patriarchy. This play is needed now more than ever.” Feedback like that reassures me that we’re on the right track. Come find us at the Fringe and we’ll give you one of our “F**K the Patriarchy” postcards. They’re pretty fab.
We premiered J’n’R in Germany in 2017 and have been refining it over the past year. After Edinburgh we’ll be performing back in Germany, but in German rather than in English which adds a whole new dynamic to the show.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
They should definitely see Jimeoin: Result! Jimeoin is an an Irish/Australian comedian whom I first saw perform when I was at university over 20 years ago. Back then he was just a guy who was a builder during the day and doing the stand up comedy circuit at night. He was such a decent guy with both talent and integrity. It’s so cool to see what he’s achieved in his career. And his shows are hilarious!
I’d also give a shout out to the amazing shows performing at the Greenside Venues. There’s a great community spirit amongst all of the Greenside artists and Blue Goat Theatre is very happy to be a part of the family! Personally I’m planning to see Sod’s Law – a musical romp through queer history. I haven’t seen the show, but it sounds great! Catch it at the Mint Studio @ Infirmary Street.
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