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We are delighted to host the return of Puppet State Theatre to their Fringe home with their gorgeous production exploring Niggle and his life.
Richard is a seasoned Fringe veteran, so here are his pearls of wisdom for your delectation.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Tolkien’s miniature masterpiece – the story of Niggle, a struggling artist who has a long journey to make.
Is this a new show or have you performed it elsewhere?
I have been lucky enough to tour it around the UK and I performed it in the Fringe last year as part of the Made in Scotland showcase.
How many times have you performed at the Fringe before?
I think this will be my 24th year.
What’s your favourite thing about the Fringe?
Being a small part of an extraordinary cultural phenomenon.
How have you been preparing for the Fringe? How has the show developed/changed since your original idea?
The usual concerns about marketing – worrying that no one will come.
My original idea for the show was to use a variety of puppets for the different characters. But as it turns out this is the first show I have done which involves no puppets at all.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Festival offerings?
Tolkien’s amazing story. The material speaks for itself.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Fringe?
Andy Cannon’s Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth – we worked with Andy on Leaf by Niggle and he’s such a captivating storyteller.
If your show was a place in Edinburgh, which place would it be and why?
Waverley Station. The show involves trains and journeys, but the story is open to a variety of interpretations, just as a station is a starting place for travel to many different destinations.
Leaf by Niggle
Fri 4 – Mon 28 Aug (Even Dates Only)
£12 (£10) (£40 family) (£9.50 SCS)
5pm (1hr 15), Adults & 10+
2 for 1 Tue 8 Aug
Signed performance Thu 10 Aug