Amy chats to Astrid Rot who is heading to the Fringe this summer to star in Otto & Astrid’s Joint Solo Project.
Here’s your chance to give an elevator pitch, can you give us a brief synopsis?
My younger brother Otto and I couldn’t agree on which songs would go on our fifth album so we decided to do solo projects, Otto’s going to play his weird songs about kittens and feelings and then I will explode onto the stage and thunder through all my latest hits like Shush Now and Tasty Snak. We will be side by side on stage as each other’s backing bands, together, but not touching.
What attracted you to this production/role?
I was born to rock!! Since I was three, I used to drum on the kitchen table with wooden spoons. On my twelfth birthday, our parents were tragically killed by a train when we were all on the way to the zoo. After that, a nasty aunt and uncle came to look after us and made us do awful jobs like cook cabbage soup and do folk dancing while dressed as squirrels, so in the middle of the night I took Otto and we ran away to Berlin where we grew up in a squat surrounded by artists and musicians and we have never rockin’ well looked back! We can’t imagine not playing music and being in a band – except this year at Edinburgh when we are in Joint Solo Project!
Have you performed at the fringe before? What are the best and worst parts of performing at the fringe? Or if it’s your first time, what are you most excited about?
This is our sixth time performing at the Edinburgh Fringe and we both love it. To spend an entire month surrounded by artists, shows, music and dancing is the biggest thrill! We love performing for Edinburgh audiences they are so up for fun, and we will be making a big party every night! We also can’t wait to see shows from around the world and meet up with our friends and fellow performers.
What are the main themes within the production, and what can audiences expect?
With both Otto and I navigating sharing the stage, expect sibling rivalry, competitive rock power moves and a powerhouse of original songs and catchy earworms that will be ringing in your ears days later!
Finally, with so many shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, why should people book a ticket to this one?
I think if audiences want to have a truly explosive rock’n’roll pop-punk party in their pants, then this is the show to be at! Expect child-sized instruments turned up to 11, rock’n’roll leaps, windmills, drum stick throwing and cool dance moves! Also, we are performing in The Piccolo, an iconic and gorgeous tent inside the George Square Gardens, a great place to begin your night with a drink and a show with your friends.
Otto & Astrid’s Joint Solo Project will be performed at 7.25pm in Assembly George Square Gardens (Piccolo) from 2nd – 27th August (Not 9th or 16th)