We chat to Arlene Hutton about all things Edinburgh Fringe as she prepares to take her play Blood of the Lamb up North!
Hey Arlene, here’s your chance to give an elevator pitch, can you give us a brief synopsis?
A woman fights for her life and a lawyer tries to do her job in a Kafka-esque drama about the bureaucratic chaos in a post-Roe America.
What inspired the show?
How important is the Fringe for new work?
In the mid 1990s I presented my very first play there, I Dream Before I Take the Stand, a huge success. It started my career.
And how does it feel to be at the Fringe this year?
It feels great. I nearly died from Covid in April 2020 and never thought I’d write another play, much less return to Edinburgh for a sixth time.
What are the main themes within the production, and what can audiences expect?
Women’s issues, power, reproductive rights.
Finally, with so many shows at the Edinburgh Fringe why should people book a ticket to this show?
It’s a world premiere! Blood of the Lamb was commissioned by B Street Theatre, a major regional theatre in California, for company members Dana Brooke and Elisabeth Nunziato, two of the finest actors I’ve ever worked with. It’s harrowing, intense and frightening and we can’t wait to present it to Fringe audiences.
BLOOD OF THE LAMB BY ARLENE HUTTON RUNS AT ASSEMBLY ROOMS FRONT ROOM FROM 3 to 27 AUGUST at 14.10hrs. – info here!
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