EdFringe Talk: Notflix: Binge

“Our Edfringe is never complete without at least one pilgrimage to Arthur’s Seat!”

WHO: The Notflix ensemble cast

WHAT: “The Spice Girls of improv return for a fifth triumphant year in their five-star, sell-out, totally improvised musical comedy. Inspired by audience suggestions, the all-female cast improvise the musical version of your favourite films, creating movies with 100% more singing, 99% more women and a full live band. Broadway World Best Comedy nominee. As seen on Sky TV, STV and BBC 5 Live. ‘Notflix might very well be the best show you see this year, the year after that and hopefully forever’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘A little piece of theatrical genius’ ***** (NorthWestEnd.com).”

WHERE: Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose – Big Yin (Venue 24) 

WHEN: 17:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

No, we’ve been a few times before, regular punters might recognise the red jackets! However, this is our first outing with the amazing production team we have today. The Fringe is where Notflix became Notflix, we have really honed our show over the years and are very excited to be heading back after such a gap. The Edinburgh Fringe is a real wonderland for punters and artists. You never know how the day will end, or what hidden gems you will find. Maybe you’ll discover the next big thing before it hits the West End or maybe you’ll end up clasping some garlic while watching a group of actors reenacting Dracula on a bouncy castle at midnight.

As a performer, you can’t help but feel inspired by all the weird and wonderful acts out there. Then the great thing is, you are able to immediately bring that energy and zeal to your own show when you perform it. We love the fact that most shows are just an hour long, meaning you can fit lots in. You’ve also got shows at different price points, so you can organise the festival according to your own budget. In addition to all this, Edfringe takes place against the backdrop of a beautiful historic city. Our Edfringe is never complete without at least one pilgrimage to Arthur’s Seat!

What are the big things you’ve learned since 2019 and have you absorbed any of the lessons yet?

We’ve learnt that we’re survivors and we are ready to hustle and adapt when needed. When the Pandemic hit and theatre was essentially cancelled, we experimented with what we could do online and basically created a little community, streaming online shows, having a weekly tweet along film club, composed and recorded original film-inspired songs and created accompanying music videos. For the first time, the Notflix team will be bringing two babies to the Fringe, so that will definitely require some level of adaptation! The hiatus has made us appreciate the opportunities we have even more and to make the most out of every performance we have. To be bold and big and leave it all on the stage. Lockdown also gave us the opportunity to watch and analyse even more films, which is very useful for our shows as we want to give the audience what they’ve asked for (and more!). We want to lampoon those movie tropes.

Tell us about your show.

The audience suggests a film and 5 actresses and a live band turn it into an hour long joy-filled, high energy comedy musical. You’ll see the iconic moments and characters from the films you love (or love to hate), mixed with pop culture references, original catchy tunes, physical comedy and a lot of heart. It’s the brain child of our director Sarah Spencer and is being produced by Mick Perrin and his brilliant team. Notflix: Binge is on everyday at 5pm in the Gilded Balloon’s Big Yin. After the Fringe, we’ll be heading to Northern Stage, Newcastle on the 1st October and Hull Truck Theatre on the 28th October. However, we will be announcing more dates and venues for our Autumn tour soon, so it’s always worth checking our socials. You can find us @notflixmusical on Instagram and Twitter.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

“Katie Pritchard: Disco Ball” – a ball of energy, hilarity, music and talent – basically a human disco ball.

Our sibling show “Les Quizerables” – the ultimate musical theatre quiz with a hilarious host and special guests.

“Briefs: Bite Club” – an amazing group of cabaret/circus/burlesque performers who have teamed up with other worldly singing powerhouse Sahara Beck.

A spot of improvised Shakespeare with “Impromptu Shakespeare”.

“Dance Body “ – in which Yolanda Mercy reclaims space for plus-sized bodies.

The joyful “My Son’s a Queer”.

Thought-provoking theatre like “Blue and Pip” and “Block’d Off”.