Welcome to the Kingdom of Skadi. A place of adventure, a distant land where pirates, bounty hunters and thieves do battle in a world on the brink of destruction. With the King’s daughter captured by an evil dragon, who will survive in this quest of epic proportions and formidable consequences? Armed with just himself and a chair, Lewis Doherty (creator of Wolf) presents Boar for the Edinburgh Fringe this August. Lewis spoke with The Fountain about the show and offered top-tips to first time Fringe-goers.
TF: Are you excited to be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year?
Incredibly excited yeah! I had a fantastic time with WOLF last year; met some great people, saw some brilliant shows, and started writing BOAR! So it feels good to be bringing it back to the fringe as a fully realised show
TF: BOAR certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
BOAR is the second part of a trilogy of shows – WOLF being the first. It’s a one man medieval action adventure tale set in the Kingdom of Skadi. The king’s daughter gets captured by an evil dragon, so the king enlists the help of BOAR and an unlikely group of heroes to save her. I play 30+ characters, mime every single prop, and make 90% of the sound effects for the show. It’s as tough as it sounds – but a really enjoyable hour of silliness.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I’ve taken a lot of influence from popular culture – films, TV, video games, and comics. They were my bread and butter growing up (and still now) so think films like Willow, Princess Bride, and Legend, plus TV like Game of Thrones (before season 8) and Vikings.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Have fun, take a towel, pick a random show to see. I’ll definitely be heading to these spots for a pick me up at some point: Maki & Ramen, Ting Thai and El Cartel.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond BOAR?
I’ll be off touring BOAR after Edinburgh, writing the third instalment of the trilogy, working on a brand new show, and starting a production company. Oh, also there’s a WOLF game that’s currently in development which I am far too excited about! So keep an eye out for that.
Lewis Doherty’s show BOAR will be at the Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance Below for the month of August at 22:45. For tickets, go to www.edfringe.com