Note: This review is from the 2015 Fringe

The 2015 Fringe is just days away and in the final part of our Fringe Diary series, our three adopted companies are making their final preparations. We hear about #CAITLINday – to show that the subject of Light, Ladd & Emberton’s show was more than just Dylan Thomas’ wife. We hear about the students of Z Theatre Company starting intensive rehearsals and playing Mock The Week. And there’s a peek at the trailer for Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue, written and produced the Haribo-happy Laura Ingram…


Laura Drane, Producer, CAITLIN

On 25th July we started re-rehearsals. On 3rd August we have our first preview. On 20th August we all get up at stupid o’clock to fly to Edinburgh. Where has all the time gone?!

We’ve already started taking bookings for a CAITLIN spring 2016 tour and hoping to boost that with some of the industry programmers we’re wooing along to see the show in Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Also, all of the companies/artists taking work to the Fringe as part of Wales in Edinburgh have had a lovely and encouraging time. We heartily recommend you catch My People and also Dawns Ysbrydion, but there are other gems too including Diary Of A Madman, and To Kill A Machine.

Last but not least, and off the back of Dylan Thomas Day (14 May), we’ve been hard at work on our own flurry of activity for 31 July, the date of Caitlin’s death. Be watching your feeds for #CAITLINday

Anyway got to dash, there’s just not enough hours in the day at the moment. See you at the Fringe!

CAITLIN is @ Dance Base from Fri 21 Aug to Sun 30 Aug 2015 (not Mon 24) @ 20:00

Follow them on Twitter @caitlinedfringe


Joanna Morley and Carys Tavener, Company Managers, Z Theatre Company

The rehearsals have begun! Z Theatre Company is finally back in our beloved Hull for an intensive two weeks of 9 – 5 rehearsals.

Whilst we, as Z Managers, stay behind the scenes to finish off our last bits of admin and organisation, the cast are all working hard on their respective scripts for the four plays that we’re taking to Edinburgh. With each of the shared rehearsal rooms becoming a new, imaginative space every day, it’s always interesting to walk from room to room and experience a unique and different vibe coming from each, but the energy in each is just as uplifting as the last!

You can tell we’re dedicated to rehearsing, as every night we’ve planned a social that provides a well-deserved break from the hard work… and can sometimes go on late into the night. Our first night back we went cast vs cast in games and quizzes all related to the Fringe and Z, including a Mock the Week style round in which one of the statements was: Something you’re not likely to see on the Royal Mile”. There weren’t many answers, as you see practically everything!

Z Theatre Company are @ theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall from Mon 10 Aug to Thu 20 Aug 2015

Follow them on Twitter @ZTheatreCompany


Laura Ingram, Writer & Producer, Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue

It’s inexcusably dull of me to start yet another Fringe diary entry with, “for this month, see last month,” but July’s producorial* feast is as hectic as June’s, and consists entirely of Haribo. My to-do list is officially high. (*It’s a word, I checked.)

All the things I said I’d do – buy insurance, send flyers to print, bribe/flirt lovingly with the press – I’ve done, and we’re putting finishing touches to the costumes, props and hair design. Suffice it to say, we’re keeping the hair dye business afloat right now (anything to avoid wigs).

Even more excitingly (to us), Rehearsals Proper have begun with our marvellous director, Andy, and we’ve successfully cast our two fabulous audience plants (don’t tell anyone). It’s been wonderful to step back from the rehearsal room and let Andy and Lucy do Their Thing. I’m slightly jealous that I’m missing the fun, but I’m relieved to be able to focus on the producing side at this stage in proceedings, and I’m stoked to see what they’ve achieved at the Tech.

With less than two weeks to go till Opening Night, I’ll be tying up loose ends, courting venues and promoters, and looking more closely at the Technical Stuff. Generally, though, I will be found (hygienically) wrapping the endless mounds of sweetmeats – and consuming more than I ought, as the Producer’s Prerogative. Who needs Haribo? (Don’t tell anyone.)

Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue is @ Sweet Venues @ Grassmarket from Thu 6 Aug to Sun 30 Aug 2015 @ 16:55

Follow them on Twitter @OrangeGirlProd

Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue (Trailer) from Laura Ingram on Vimeo.