Turn back the dial to 1949. Iva d’Aquino stands accused of treason in one of the most controversial trials in American history. Faced with accusations of peddling Axis propaganda, Iva becomes known as the notorious Tokyo Rose – but was she the villain she was made out to be? Burnt Lemon are back in Edinburgh this Fringe with their new show, Tokyo Rose, which they discusses with The Fountain in more depth.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Very! We cannot wait to launch our new musical Tokyo Rose at the Fringe, and to be there with the support of the Untapped Award is an incredible feeling. Eeek!
TF: Tokyo Rose certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Tokyo Rose is an electrifying new musical, packed with punchy spoken word and empowering numbers that are bound to stick in your head! The show is based on the true story of Iva Toguri – an unsung heroine – until now…
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Burnt Lemon Theatre is all about empowering stories and female-led narratives. When we stumbled across Iva Toguri’s controversial story, we were immediately intrigued. Iva was scapegoated by the very country that she loved, purely due to her heritage. We couldn’t help but draw parallels to today’s political climate, and so Tokyo Rose was born.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
This is our second time up at the Fringe – our debut show, The Half Moon Shania, won Best Musical last year and was a huge learning curve for all of us! We’re excited to see the other Untapped shows, which you can catch at the Underbelly Cowgate as well.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Tokyo Rose?
We are hoping to tour Tokyo Rose around the UK and hopefully take it to the USA and Japan. After that we’ve got a few ideas knocking about so watch this space!
You can see Tokyo Rose at Underbelly Cowgate from 7th – 25th August at 18:55. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com