Fringe & Fitness
Yasemin Sabuncu is a multidisciplinary performer bringing her show, The Illest, to this year’s Fringe for the first time, in an uplifting and engaging storytelling performance. Featuring comedy and stories such as – taking ayahuasca with shamans, vagina crystals, living your best life, near-death experiences, dating, breaking stereotypes, growing up ‘ethnic’, and dealing with chronic illness.
Yasemin Sabuncu: The Illest
Were there any innovative or creative methods that you adopted to be Fringe ready this year?
We’ve had to adapt to the changing nature of everything this year. Marketing is one of them, where we’ve had to adapt and change the approach, doing fewer flyers, and finding more creative ways to communicate.
Being a show that is physically demanding, outside of show rehearsals, what is your standard health and fitness routine in the months leading up to opening night?
I meditate daily and focus on mindfulness practices. In terms of fitness, I’m working on walking twice a week when I have the energy. I’d love to up my endurance and so that makes me want to start running, but I’m not very good at it. Overall, I just focus on keeping stress levels to a minimum and pacing myself.
During festival season what do you like to do in your spare time?
Catching up with friends is the main one – I focus on doing nurturing things that make me feel at peace. Going to the beach, swimming or just being in nature are also favorite pastimes. Watching RuPaul’s Drag Race too! It’s fabulous and so entertaining. I also like to go to art galleries and shows. No Lights No Lycra is one I’m looking forward to.
How important do you think this year’s Fringe Festival will be for the local Adelaide Community?
I think it’s the most important thing in this year’s calendar. It’s been a rough year, that’s deeply impacted us all. So, this Fringe will be the shot in the arm we’ve all been needing. I’m incredibly happy and excited and I can feel that energy in the air. It’s going to be great spiritually, financially, and emotionally and I’m thrilled to be part of that.
What does the Adelaide Fringe mean to you?
I’m so proud to be part of this amazing festival! As an artist, this is my first big show and also my first Fringe show ever. Doing what I have really wanted to do, after not being able to for so long due to my health issues, is so exciting. This year I also received a COVID grant, which has been incredible in allowing me to take my work to the next level and really get it out there, which makes this Fringe extra special.
The Howling Owl: Tue 9 Mar – Sat 13 Mar: 6pm
Drama Llama at Rhino Room: Tue 16 Mar – Sat 20 Mar: 9:30pm