Saturday, 6 August 2016

Hannah Davies Recommends...

We asked Hannah Davies what she was doing up in Edinburgh, and what she's most excited about seeing...

- Who are you and what do you do / what have you done

I'm a theatre maker, writer, and performer based in Yorkshire. I trained as an actor at Mountview, and studied playwriting at the Royal Court Theatre. I've worked as a writer with companies including Ice&Fire, Trestle, Company of Angels, York Theatre Royal. I am a co-director of Common Ground Theatre. More recently I have started performing as a spoken word poet. I am the winner of the Newcastle Northern Stage Great Northern Slam 2016, and the Say Owt Anti-Slam Winner 2016.

- What are you doing with The Flanagan Collective this year?
I've directed Snakes & Giants currently at Summerhall, every day (apart from 15th) at 7pm

- What would you say the show(s) are about
Snakes & Giants is a piece about the landscapes of our lives, our selves, and our relationships. It tells two very different stories - one mythic and one urban -  which are brought together by a sense of place; we meet the two main characters on the edge of a cliff. The play is an atmospheric piece that asks questions about how we create a sense of belonging, and about where and how we create and nurture a sense of home. It is a fusion of spoken word, choreography and song. 

- What's your favourite secret bit which other people might not notice?
There are some incredibly beautiful turns of phrase in this play. One of the characters in the piece is a one time giantess who has shrunk herself over the years, and is now 'roaming and heartless.' One of my favourite lines in the play is where she is described as being made up of 'old love and dinosaur parts.' 

- Favourite place to hang out at the Fringe
I can't resist a charity shop. Edinburgh has loads. This makes me happy. And always in need of a bigger suitcase to get all my bargains home.

- Why or how is the fringe good / important
I love the opportunity to see things that challenge, provoke and inspire me. Getting the chance to see shows and performances in a huge variety of styles and genres is exciting and important for artists. Art is important. Expression is important. Sharing ideas is important. 

- 3 tips for having the best time
See your mates. See shows. Drink fancy gin. I had one with basil in it last night. Well tasty. 

Can you please recommend 5 shows other people should see at the festival?

Really looking forward to catching Animal: Are You a Proper Person at the Gilded Balloon Teviot 17:30. The Tongue Fu team are exceptionally good spoken worders and I can't wait to see this.

Another poetry gig that deserves a look in is the Say Owt Slam. Awesome hosts Henry Raby and Stu Freestone promise a feast of wordery on the free fringe.

My great mate Peter Darney has an incredibly urgent piece on at C Too: 5 Guys Chillin' every night at  11pm, which is an urgent and confrontational piece about the emergence of the chemsex scene. 

Other things I'd like to catch are Rash Dash Two Man Show at Summerhall

And Adler & Gibb also at Summerhall.

Also don't miss the other Flanagan Collective shows. Obvs. From the Mouths of the Gods and the exceptional Dominic Allen's one man show A Common Man.

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