April 2015 and Michel Graindorge passed away. The famous Belgian lawyer was also Catherine’s father. A man dies, a daughter loses her father. Catherine Graindorge, writer and violinist, tells us of the universal bond between father and daughter with her new Fringe show Before the End. With words, images and music, she returns to the last months of her father’s life. Catherine spoke with The Fountain about Before the End and how she hopes to tell the story.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
The Edinburgh Fringe is a new experience for me. It is the first time I’ll perform in this festival and the first time I’ll play my solo show in English. It drives me out of my confort zone, pushes my boundaries, makes me feel new sensations.
TF: Before the End certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
My father passed away in April 2015, after 14 months of hospitalisation.
I felt the necessity to tell this story : the path leading to death, the bond linking us, the hospital world, the absurdity of many situations we’ve been through. Beside, my father asked me to do something for him after his death. Quickly I started to write. My father was a famous lawyer in Belgium, dedicated to many causes, always fighting for what he believed in.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I went on my own way, looking for this man, in the intimacy and on the battlefield that was his life. On that journey, I gathered many things, History and small stories, pictures and films, words and music, I tried to keep a balance in between gravity, poetry and humour. As an actor, my approach is more like a performer, in the sense that I use the reality of the here and now. I tell stories, with my own means: a violin, photos, films… In Before The End I broach the issue of the meaning of our lives.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe?
It’s my first time in Edinburgh, I am very excited to discover the special vibes of the city.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Before the End?
I’ll record two new albums, a solo one and another with my trio Nile On Wax.
You can see Before the End at Summerhall from 31st July – 25th August (Not 12th or 19th) at 13:15. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com