Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 
"...it has a great rawness about it. And what I love to do is create worlds which bring the Audience right inside. I think anyone coming is up for a great night out."
LE COUP | Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows - The Beauty  
Aug 3-11, 13-18 | 20-24 | TICKETS
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Place yourself in the world's last travelling boxing tent for some hard-hitting acrobatics and aerial feats where you have nothing to lose and everything to gamble. 

Hi guys many thanks for talking to TNC, how are you doing? 

We are here. We are here in body the spirit is still in transit. Tech today so very excited to move into the venue 

What does it mean to you to be bringing Le Coup to the Fringe? 

So much mixed emotions. Fear. Anxiety. Stress. Overwhelmed. Excited. Hopeful. Extremely proud to be alongside artists making it happen. 

This is will be your World Premiere does this add any extra pressure on you? 

Sure does. So many mixed thoughts. But Le Coup has the most amazing group of artists and creatives working together. And it’s the power of this that makes it so worth it. 

In the build-up to the fringe do you have any rituals you go through ahead of a major festival run? 

Rehearsal, training, push each other and the best moment is letting it go. At some point, I need to let the show just be and do its own thing. I love that bit. Trust the people and the bigger picture. 

Can you tell me a little bit about Le Coup, what can we expect? 

It's a wild circus and music ride. Great characters, great skills, great music. It's inspired by a boxing tent which still travels in Australia. So it has a great rawness about it. And what I love to do is create worlds which bring the Audience right inside. I think anyone coming is up for a great night out. 

What was the inspiration behind this new show? 

An old-worldly boxing tent which still travels in Australia. The owner Fred Brophy is a true showman. Charming, passionate and a great story himself. I wanted to capture the idea of something that is from another time and pushes who we are now. It's weird wonderful and just is what it is. 

What makes your style of circus so unique? 

The world we create. We want our audience to take the ride with us rather than watch us experience it. Our circus is more traditional in style but driven by characters, music, and we hope it allows you a great escape. 

"Even now I look at it and wonder what was going on in my mind when I made it."

When a show is running are you able to let it live or do you continue to make tweaks? 

Letting go is an important part of the process. But as an unfunded company touring is when we have a chance to be together and tweak. A new venue always means new tweaks and then being in front of a crowd allows you to learn about the show in a new way so we must respond to this.

In staging a production like this what have been some of the challenges you’ve faced? 

This work was something that pushed me to somewhere new. Even now I look at it and wonder what was going on in my mind when I made it. I made a boxing show. It totally surprises me every time. But I love the world and that it allows us to be bold and raw. 

How did Company2 come about? 

It was time to start making work for myself. It was a dream to collaborate with like-minded artists and make work we all felt passionate about. 

Have you always had a creative passion? 

Always. It's unstoppable. 

How much has your style and approach to your work changed since you started? 

mmmmm…I think it has just become more clear about what it is and hopes to do. Its always different but I have a clearer understanding of how I want to work with people and share with an audience 

What has been the best piece of advice you got when you started out? 

Be true to you not to anyone else Trust your gut. 

Do you have any advice or tips for any emerging circus company? 

Be bold. 

What 3 words best describe this show? 

Wild, raw, twisted 

And finally, what do you want your audiences to take away from Le Coup? 

I hope they leave feeling different to how they came in. I hope they were sucked into the world of Le Coup and had some ridiculous fun, experienced some great circus, moved to the great music and rediscovered the wildness inside us all.

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