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WRENNE US singer brings one-woman multimedia performance to Edinburgh
‘I love the smile I get when I describe it as “Post-Mormon-electro-pop”. Makes sense to me. If you can imagine what that sounds like . . . ,’ explains Wrenne. And while at i rst it’s a bafl ing description of her musical output, it’s actually pretty accurate. She’s been compared to the likes of Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, Björk and Pink, her hypnotic vocals layered over ethereal electronica and delicate beats. ‘It’s maybe what you get when you mix an arty type who sang hymns as a kid, with some incredible electro-pop producers and co-writers,’ she suggests.
Raised as a Mormon in Utah, she left
the church in her 20s, landing in London with just £200 in her pocket. ‘At the time I had no idea what sort of chance it was. I was just leaping into the future and following my imagination. I didn’t know a thing about it, except that I was free and wanted to take life as it came, while searching for a truth different to that I was raised on.’ With a background in musical theatre,
her Edinburgh show is a collaboration with producer-director Hugo Vereker and musical director Mike Dixon for a spectacular one-woman multimedia
performance. ‘It’s a lot of songs, a lot of movement, a lot of stunning i lm work. It’s a sung show with a narrative, where Wrenne onstage tries to reach Wrenne onscreen with alarming results. A lot of good, talented people have practised their excellent art to help me tell my story. I can honestly say we believe it’s not like anything else you’ll see at the Fringe. Then again, you never know at this amazing festival!’ (Henry Northmore) ■ Assembly George Square Studios, 2–26 Aug (not 13), 3.30pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11). Previews 2 & 3 Aug £7.
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