It’s guaranteed tens across the board with our Festival Favourites Briefs.

Over the years, do you think that you’ve come to terms with Edinburgh or has Edinburgh come to terms with Briefs?

I think Briefs and Edinburgh have come to terms with each other since meeting each other in 2013. Like many relationships it is hard work, romantic, rewarding, exhausting and a fine line between love and hate. This is our biggest production to date. There are so many elements that the team worked so hard on and we can’t wait to show them off to Edinburgh audiences.

Do you have a special preparation routine?

There is a certain amount of bracing that happens before Edinburgh, but there is no special preparation routine. Like every season, we need to stock up on lashes, booze and strapping tape among many other important things. Edinburgh Fringe is one big endurance course.


Photo: Aitor Santomé

You’re really very political beneath the spangles – do you feel that the world is finally catching up with you?

I think the conversation around gender has had a turbulent history, which is why the conversation can feel defensive and sometimes laboured. I also think that while we have worked through some landmarks, the conversation will be one that is ongoing. There will never be a foolproof formula for terminology that will satisfy and address each stunning and unique individual on this planet. Nor should there be. People are complicated and the language we use around this is complicated. I hope we will all eventually be next level transcendent beings that will defy definition. Politicians and politics would be so much more palatable if it was always under spangles and presented in drag, circus, burlesque, and variety format!


Briefs: Close Encounters, Assembly Hall, 2-26 August (not 8, 13, 20), 7.15pm, from £14 

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