Edinburgh show Rachael’s Cafe keeps it in the family

This article is from 2011.

Lucy Danser

Lucy Danser

Three generations of family working on Fringe show

Lucy Danser (24), writer and director of Rachael’s Cafe, is at the Fringe this year with her mum (the show’s producer), her dad and sister (flyering and stage hands) and her grandmother, who at 86 has found herself publicist of the show. Here they reveal the best bits about keeping their show close to home

1: You can trust them to tell the truth about your show, your prospects and/or your professional conduct … even when you’d rather they didn’t!

2: They always have your best interests at heart. You know your family are most unlikely to put you in a compromising position, cause you trouble or stop your project being the best it can be.

3: You’ve got a strong, stable grounding. It’s easy in this industry to get carried away, become egotistical and lose sight of the important things. Having your family around you keeps your feet on the ground (and makes sure you eat properly!).

4: You know each others’ capabilities and limitations. Sure, there’s always more to learn but it’s a good place to start.

5: You know exactly what buttons to press (and vice versa) and when to back off. You’ve spent your whole life around these people and the lengths you’re permitted to go to in order to challenge each other are far greater than with others.

Rachael’s Cafe, Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 225 2022, until 29 Aug, 2pm, free.

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