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Janie Dee, Ria Jones, Claire Sweeney and Danielle Hope take all-female show to Edinburgh

Ria Jones in Sunset Boulevard.
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Janie Dee, Danielle Hope, Ria Jones and Claire Sweeney are taking a show to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where each will sing songs from musicals and share stories from their careers.

Don’t Tell Me Not to Fly is billed as a “joyous show of women and their limitless potential” and will run at McEwan Hall, from August 4 to 27.

It is produced by Underbelly Productions. Executive producer Tara Wilkinson said the show was “female led”, both on and off stage. It is directed by Kate Golledge.

“It felt very important to us to create a show that not only celebrated women in theatre but could also honour their individual voices and experiences which feels pertinent now more than ever. We believe it is not only important to be part of that conversation but to also try to have action behind it, Don’t Tell Me Not To Fly is a gesture toward that,” she said.

Jones added that it had been her dream to “work with an all-female team across the board on a project”.

“I’m so excited to be sharing this wonderful, intimate show with you. And to be making my Edinburgh Fringe debut in the company of some pretty special, unique and talented women,” she said.

Dee will perform August 4 to 6, with Sweeney appearing August 7 to 13, Hope from August 14 to 20 and Jones from August 21 to 27.

The production team includes Helen Eastman as writer, Caroline Humphris as musical supervisor, Lindy Tennent-Brown as musical director, Mikaela Liakata as projection designer and Anna Sbokou as lighting designer.




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