FRINGE PREVIEW – Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Hoping to bring a little bit of dark fairytale magic to the Fringe in August, Durham-based Another Soup Productions are looking forward to their Edinburgh debut.

“We started in 2010,” says director Dave Spencer. “We were founded on the basis of creativity; of productions where the company were emotionally invested in them. ”

“It’s theatre created by an ensemble, not a dictatorial director. And the collaborative creativity is something we hope affects the audience more; whilst making sure they remain aware of the fact it’s still theatre.”

For their first trip to the Fringe, Another Soup are bringing their adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm tale of Sleeping Beauty.

“I hadn’t heard of it being done in a while,” says Dave. “We had a think about what kind of show would do well in Edinburgh, and decided on a production with a family dynamic.”

“Though it has a lot of unsettling elements. I wrote a rough script – really a springboard for the cast to then devise from. And together we have made it into a dark tale; with characters inspired by the original as well as the witches from Macbeth.”

The witches from Sleeping Beauty

The witches from Sleeping Beauty

“But it’s still very much aimed at a family audience,” he continues. It doesn’t feature anything children aren’t exposed to on a daily basis. And the witches will be out on the Royal Mile – they’re quite scary, so we’re not tricking people into coming believing it’s a story with a traditional happy-ever-after ending!”

“We’re all really excited about coming to Edinburgh,” says Dave. “I’ve helped out as a tech on shows before; and some of our cast have been a few times, but never as a company.”

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to make a name for ourselves.”

You can see Another Soup Productions’ tale of Sleeping Beauty unfold at theSpaces on North Bridge from 8-27 Aug (not Sundays) at 4.10pm. More details are on the Fringe website.

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