The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, with nearly 3,500 shows. This year, Playbill is in Edinburgh for the entire month in August for the festival and we’re taking you with us. Follow along as we cover every single aspect of the Fringe, aka our real-life Brigadoon!
Monét X Change, known and adored for her RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars win, made her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with a stunning solo hour titled Life Be Lifein'. She caught up with Playbill for a few moments in her dressing room to talk about why she wanted to bring her new show (directed by fellow RuPaul queen BenDeLaCreme) to Scotland first. Watch the full interview above.
In X Change's words, Life Be Lifein' is about "this quest of me trying to find my voice: through love, through heartache, through bad music teachers, through my own mishaps on stage...just trying to find this connective tissue between all these stories. How did these things coexist?"
X Change's intimate retelling of her artistic journey is a combination of personal stories and musical performance. As a professionally trained opera singer, X Change's vocals are stunning, especially when paired with vulnerable commentary on the role of music and theatre in her life.
"It took me a really long time to find my bravery and my voice growing up this overtly femme, fat kid in school...I never knew how I was going to find love, or even if love was something that would ever be my story to tell," X Change says. "20-something, 30-something-year-old me was really struggling with this, and I know a lot of us out there do too. So I wanted to put it on stage and put it into the world."
Monét X Change: Life Be Lifein' completed its Festival Fringe run August 15. She's scheduled to bring it to Chicago's Park West September 22 and to Canada. You can see X Change's full live performance schedule here.