Shelter Scotland says 'Yes' to Groundbreaking Fringe Performance
1 August 2011
Shelter Scotland is set to play a part in this years Edinburgh Fringe alongside Fringe First winner Mimi Poskitt in a ground breaking performance where the audience decide their own cliff hanger ending.
Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Katie Lyons and directed by Poskitt, the unique experience of “You Once Said Yes” relies on audience answers to drive the drama forward.
Starting at the Underbelly in The Cowgate, the plot progresses through key sites across the city weaving through the hidden alleyways of Edinburgh. The one-on-one show allows those taking part to meet characters, make decisions for them and experience the consequences.
Sites include Shelter Scotland’s Forrest Road shop. Using the backdrop of the charity shop, a key plot decision has to be taken by the audience.
Gordon MacRae, Head of Communications and Policy at Shelter Scotland, said:
“Shelter Scotland is excited to be part of such an innovative concept. The performance has been likened to a big game of consequences in which the audience member is no spectator. It’s their show and how it plays out is for them to decide. As most of the performance is outdoors, audiences are sure to get a warm welcome from our staff and volunteers when they come through the doors of the Forrest Road shop for a thrilling part of the performance.”
Mimi Poskitt, Artistic Director of Look Left Look Right Productions, explains the concept behind You Once Said Yes:
“The theme of the show is chance. In life we all have to take a few now and then. Without knowing the consequences of their actions or what waits around the corner, audiences will live through the eyes of the characters, all because they once said yes to participating in this performance.
“During the performance, audiences are taken on a journey across the city to answer questions. If they keep saying yes, the experience might never stop and what happens is entirely up to them.
“Without giving too much away, the scenes in the Shelter Scotland shop bring the best of theatrical experience and real life together. It’s quite thrilling. We’re so grateful to the charity for their hospitality during the Fringe and look forward to taking audiences to Forest Road for this unique experience.”
You Once Said Yes | Underbelly Cowgate | 5th-29th August | Previews: 3rd and 4th August 2011.
Notes to Editors:
1. Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity. Shelter Scotland believes that everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all.
2. Spokespeople are available for interview, telephone the media office on 0844 515 2442.
3. For more information about Shelter Scotland visit www.shelter.org.uk