Amy chats to Director Lizzy Connolly and Performer Kat Kleve as they prepare to take Tink to the Fringe!
Here’s your chance to give an elevator pitch, can you give us a brief synopsis?
Tink is nothing to do with Peter Pan (the man-boy who wouldn’t grow up). This is not a piece about any Victorian sidekick. Tink is giving a modern main character, a full-on female lead, so much so that she says ALL the lines. Tink is about a huge five-year-old fairy; full of big dreams, speaking loud and taking up space. As she goes from young fairy to teen to adulting fairy, she starts shrinking herself to fit in better and begins to lose her voice. How can she stop giving away her fairy dust and start being big and standing tall again? A grown-up, properly funny, properly heart-wrenching solo play with banging tunes, sung live!!!
What inspired the show?
So, Kat when she was little was super clever, pretty and confident and she had people tell her to not be all those things. I looked into myself and thought maybe I would feel jealous too. Women are told they can only be one thing and they can’t be too much, and we have to pick whether are we pretty or cool or funny. So we decided to make a piece about us for us and not just the good bits. And it shows Kat shining bright, trying her best not to dim her light and the endeavour to shine inspires me every time!
How important is the Fringe for new work? And how does it feel to be at the Fringe this year?
The Fringe is a creative endeavour where no money is made, it’s purely for the art! And we are just bringing our art and telling stories we think are important! It’s absolutely inspirational!
What are the main themes within the production, and what can audiences expect?
Taking up space! Did you know women speak faster than men because they need to make their point before they get interrupted? This is wild and true and I can feel it. But it’s not just a show for women, dads with daughters and anyone discovering their identity! It’s really for everyone to learn about each other from each other.
Finally, with so many shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, why should people book a ticket to this show?
Because it’s funny and it means stuff and I think it’s a new angle, something you haven’t heard or seen before and sparks conversation. It’s not about who did what, or said what, it’s about making changes to society and laughing and crying and learning! No one is to blame, fun songs are sung and lessons are learnt.
Tink will be performed at 12.55pm in Underbelly Bristo Square (Clover) from 2nd – 20th August
Booking link: https://underbellyedinburgh.co.uk/events/event/tink