Interview with Rebecca Elise

So to round up our interviews with the cast, we've had a chat with the awesome Rebecca Elise who plays both Flora (her main role) and Katie in Young Pretender. Becky

1) Tell us a little bit about your character in Young Pretender

I play a kind of re-imagining of Flora MacDonald. She's a young girl coming to terms with war, her place in it and that moment when you meet a hero - that person you've investeed hopes and aspirations in and they're not what you wanted them to be. 

2) What drew you to this project and your character in particular?

I love being involved in developing exciting new plays, being part of something that hasn't been done beofre. And nabokov seem to be all about that. In terms of the character, she's a firecracker. She's unpredictable and that's exciting.

3) What's been the most challenging aspect of the role?

Flora's really complex. The writing is very detailed, so picking all of those details out is tough.

4) Is this your first time at the Fringe? (If yes - what are you anticipating? If not - what have you learnt from previous visits?)

I haven't done the Fringe since I was a child really so I'm sure things have changed - I'm able to enjoy a cider now for one! I'm sure it's going to be a lot of hard work and a lot of fun.

5) What inspired you to become an actor?

Watching films as a kid I guess. The Lost Boys made me very happy. And David Bowie in Labyrinthe... That looked like a lot of fun.

6) If you could work with anyone, who would it be?

David Lynch. I'm obsessed. And Gary Oldman. I'll have those two please.


Another top interview! Oce again, Rebecca, like Paul and Chris before her, has highlighted how intricate the script is and how much thought needs to be put into her character, which is often a very promising sign! Also - it's nice to be reminded about what fuelled a performer at a young age. (Who wouldn't want to be David Bowie?) Hopefully she won't enjoy having a cider too much whilst we're up in Edinburgh (right, Rebecca?!) but either way, she's sure to leave a mark. 


Young Pretender

Underbelly (Belly Button), Cowgate.

4-28 August


1 Hour