INTERVIEW: Edinburgh Spotlight On… Ad Infinitum’s Odyssey

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Next up in our Spotlight feature is Odyssey, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 2 – 28 August 2017. I caught up with Theatre Ad Infinitum:

Describe your show in three words.
Thrilling, Unbelievable, Gripping.

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?
2017 will be the 10th year Theatre Ad Infinitum is coming to the Fringe. It also coincides with our 10-year anniversary as a company. Almost all of our productions have enjoyed their premieres at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe so it’s very dear to our heart. Some of our previous productions include: Ballad of the Burning Star, Lightand Bucket List.

Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?
Our long standing collaborator and friend, Amy Nostbakken, who’s based in Toronto, is bringing an award-winning show called Mouthpiece to the Canadian Hub and we simply can’t wait to see it.

How do you feel to be performing at Pleasance Dome?
Since the first time we came to the festival we’ve been performing at The Pleasance so it feels a little bit like our home for the summer. We know their way of doing things and they know ours. There’s so much that is unpredictable during the month of the fringe so we feel fortunate to have a constant.

Who or what are your inspirations?
Our audience and their reactions to our work. Running an independent theatre company is tough. It takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication. The reason we do it is because we are passionate about the themes our work deals with, and the stories we believe are important to tell.

What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?

There’s no secret. Suffer through it and remember that it ends. Just joking… Make sure to fill yourself up on theatre for the year, and speak to people. the festival is such an excellent event and it attracts people from all over the world and they all have different and interesting perspectives about theatre and how to make it – and sometimes how you might be able to make it together.

What are the future plans for your show?

Both Translunar Paraidse and Odyssey have toured the world with each being performed more than 300 times. We are hoping to tour both productions again in Spring 2018.

What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?

Hot Brown Honey at last year’s Fringe. Don’t Touch My Hair. Phenomenal piece.

 

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"Corporate by day, culture by night" is the strapline for Daniel Perks’ website, where he’s been blogging for several years independently, covering "opera, ballet, contemporary dance, interactive theatre, musical, Shakespeare and everything in between’. Daniel contributes on a freelance basis to several publications including The Reviews Hub, Exeunt, A Younger Theatre and Theatre & Performance, and he is an assessor for the Off-West End.com Awards (‘The Offies’). Daniel tweets @dperks13.

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Daniel Perks
"Corporate by day, culture by night" is the strapline for Daniel Perks’ website, where he’s been blogging for several years independently, covering "opera, ballet, contemporary dance, interactive theatre, musical, Shakespeare and everything in between’. Daniel contributes on a freelance basis to several publications including The Reviews Hub, Exeunt, A Younger Theatre and Theatre & Performance, and he is an assessor for the Off-West End.com Awards (‘The Offies’). Daniel tweets @dperks13.

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