Curtain Up: Exactly Like You

A one-woman cabaret driven by Nina Simone's electrifying songs

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Curtain Up: Exactly Like You

Lotte Rice / credit: Lauren Bevan

'What happened last night?' wonders Lotte Rice, as she tries to piece together the events of a great evening in this one-woman show.

What was the inspiration for this performance?
There are quite a few actually. Needless to say Nina Simone was a huge influence – I have always listened to her music but got particularly absorbed by her work just before I had the idea for this piece. But also, I came to Edinburgh in 2014 and saw so many amazing female performers.

How did you start writing plays?
I trained as an actor at RADA, but I'd always secretly written poetry and short stories, and harboured dreams of singing. A few years ago, I started tentatively putting some of my own work out. It became a sort of side hobby. But then when it was suggested I write a play, I thought the challenge would be a really great way of developing new skills and learning new things.

How did you approach making the show?
I am used to working collaboratively, bouncing off other people's ideas. This has been a very novel experience for me, a lot of time alone with my ideas, but luckily I have some fantastic producers who have been supporting me from the start, so it hasn't been lonely!

And what atmosphere do you hope to create?
I was keen to create an intimate cabaret experience blending theatre, singing and spoken word. I am working closely with a sound engineer, who is doing some fantastic work with sampling bits of music and creating effects to help the audience understand time passing and the internal life of the character.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?
I hope that they are uplifted, inspired and entertained.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug, 3.10pm, £10.50–£11, (£9.50–£10).

Exactly Like You

Lotte Rice A girl wakes to find a strange man in her bed and spends the day piecing together what happened the night before. Lost in a lonely city, she summons one of the twentieth century’s most inspiring figures, Nina Simone. Directed by Fringe First award winner Kirsty Patrick Ward (Chef, by Sabrina Mahfouz), and…

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