The magical tail of Ned and the Whale begins a little like this… With buckles and swash, this story’s awash with a mysterious odour of fish. Though sharp as a pin, Ned’s courage was thin, for his sister was terribly mean. She spouted great lies: ‘A Kingdom of Spies will steal you and harvest your spleen!’ A fishy tail of magic and adventure. Sail away on a quest to help Ned find his courage and discover the truth behind the mysterious Kingdom of Spies. Flossy and Boo bring you their curiously spellbinding brand of storytelling this August at the Edinburgh Fringe, they also spoke with The Fountain about all things Ned and the Whale.
TF: Is this your first time to Edinburgh? If not, tell us more
This will be our fourth Edinburgh Festival as a company – our very first year we took up our family show Flossy and Boo’s Curiosity Shop, and then the following two years we brought up our cabaret theatre shows (just for grown ups!). This year we are so excited to be back with our family audiences with our show Ned and the Whale, at The Space Tent venue 43.
TF: What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
Our outdoor work has since been taken on by a really exciting agency, Contraband, who have some amazing other acts on their books (Will I Am anyone?). We have also created some brand spanking new shows that we look forward to touring very soon!
TF: Tell us about your show; who wrote it; who’s producing it; how did the company come together; did this production premier before Edinburgh; where are you taking it after?
Ned and the Whale is a family friendly show devised, created and produced by theatre company Flossy and Boo, in conjunction in RCT theatres and supported by Arts Council Wales. Flossy and Boo began working together in 2014 with a view to create imaginative and interactive work that looks at the world form an unconventional point of view. We initially started touring Ned in the Summer of 2018, but have been continuing to develop and evolve the show, due to the interactive nature of our work. After Edinburgh we will continue to take the work to venues around the UK, and look to start touring it further afield.
TF: What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
We are delighted to be supported by This is Wales this year, and the other Welsh companies that they have chosen to support are bringing some really exciting and innovative work to Edinburgh, we would fully encourage audiences to check out our fellow countryfolk!
You can see Ned and the Whale at theSpace @ Symposium Hall from 3rd – 18th August at various times. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com