FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with Rachel Mars on Our Carnal Hearts

The Reviews Hub

It’s that time of year when we launch our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s. Here, Rachel Mars talks about her show Our Carnal Hearts.

In one sentence tell us about your show.

It’s a furious and funny ode to our competitive, unequal and grubby times with live surround-sound singing.

What made you decide to bring a show this year?

Lots of people have said ‘this would be a great show for the Fringe’. Edinburgh is chock full of intelligent performance lovers who take risks, don’t like to be patronised, and want to be entertained and challenged.  It feels like exactly the right place for this show, which is political, intimate and funny. We’re part of the British Council showcase too, so that’s a lovely thing.

Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?

Don’t book everything in advance. Chat to people in cafes, in pubs or in the street to see what other audiences are enjoying and recommending and book some things last minute. Also, when you are knackered, Portobello beach is a bus ride away.

What makes your show stand out from all the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)

The immediacy of the experience – it’s in the round and you’ve got singers on all sides performing this beautiful, raucous score by Louise Mothersole. It feels like these five seductive but slightly menacing women have showed up from who knows where to perform a very funny, smart, intimate ritual about envy that will leave you entertained, provoked and maybe a little bit kinder.

What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?

I’m really looking forward to A Machine They’re Secretly Building by Proto-type Theatre, at Summerhall. It’s a whip-smart look at surveillance.