Following a sell-out, award-winning run at The Vault Festival 2016 and a highly successful run at The Bunker in London 2016, Rive Productions have brought Isley Lynn’s Skin A Cat to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Performer Libby Rodliffe spoke to The Fountain about what she is looking forward to seeing this August as well as detailing why all should go see Skin A Cat.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
I am and it is! Very exciting. I haven’t performed at the Fringe before so it a first for me. I’m looking forward to it.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Skin a Cat follows Alana from her early years right through to mid twenties. She suffers from vaginismus which is a psychosexual problem in which vaginal muscle spasms make it very difficult for her to have sex / use tampons / get to know her body. We get to know the influential people in her life, those who have helped and hindered, and follow her journey of self discovery and self acceptance. It’s a very important play and I’m excited to share it with as many people as possible. Kudos to Isley for giving us all such a gift.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Skin A Cat has been driven by such a badass group of artists and I feel very lucky to be a part of the team. I actually saw Skin a Cat when it was on at the Bunker on 2016 and it knocked me for six. Theatre is important – stories are important – but we can’t keep telling the same ones. Watching this felt like a first time theatre experience for me because I hadn’t felt such a strong connection to a play before. It’s quite magic really because it feels so personal but actually everyone is finding something to relate to. So just as you’re sat there thinking you’re the only one who gets it, the man next to you is snivelling in your ear or the woman behind kicks your chair in a fit of hilarity and then you think, oh yeah this is what theatre’s all about. And that’s a credit to the whole team; for the whole world that’s been created. It was special. It’s still special. And I feel really mega chuffing chuffed to be part of it and getting to perform it every night.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’m crazily looking forward to seeing Lydia (who plays Alana in Skin a Cat), in her one woman show Finding Fassbender (also directed by Blythe who is our director for SAC). Other list toppers are Queens of Sheba (Nouveau Riche), Kirsty Osman’s Awakening, The Midnight Soup by Leo Burtin, The Approach by Mark O’Rowe and Hot Brown Honey. I’m a big fan of the work Paines Plough do so Sticks and Stones (Vinay Patel) and Island Town (Simon Longman) are obvious must sees. I want to see lots of comedy, circus and spoken word too. Basically I’m hoping to see everything, everywhere, at all times. There’s so much good stuff.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond your show?
After the show in Edinburgh we have an Autumn tour planned so that’s going to be a lot of fun. The play will be in a completely different stage by then and it’ll be really interesting to see how far it’s come. Beyond that, I’m currently writing a sitcom and a one woman show so it’ll be good to get stuck into that once the festival season has died down.
Skin A Cat, Assembly Rooms – The Blue Room, 2nd – 25th August (not 13th), 4:10pm