Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Cross Dramaturgy: Split Trunk @ Edfringe

Aliens have landed in Edinburgh.

Cross Wire at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.

By Split Trunk Productions.

Cross Wire. A brand new comedy theatre show for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. A failed interrogation has comical consequences when a secret agent is looking for illegal aliens and uncovers a real alien. An Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut from the talent at Split Trunk Productions who brought you Dr Laura and Echo Hill House.

What inspired this production: did you begin with an idea or a script or an object?
Aliens! Well, not really. Although it was space – in the physical
sense. Knowing we would be in a small space that wouldn’t allow for an intricate set we knew we wanted to work on a single room piece. We then needed to know what kept our characters in this space, especially when there is any form of conflict, why would they not just get up and leave. 

What would happen if one was actually unable to leave say they were tied up for an interrogation? But we knew we wanted it to be a comedy so looked at mistaken identity. What if the agent believed they were trafficking illegal aliens when actually they were themselves and extra-terrestrial one? Bingo – aliens! See, we got there in the end.

Why bring your work to Edinburgh?
After visiting the Fringe for a number of years, the question is more
‘why not’! It’s such an amazing place to showcase work, make new connections and see a staggering amount of amazing work in a relatively small space of time. Add into that the beautiful old city and intriguing mix of visitors and you begin to realise this is the place to be for August.

What can the audience expect to see and feel - or even think - of your production?
Aliens! (Do you see a pattern?) Mistaken identity, crossed wires and an alien plot to take over the world. Fire up your ray gun or fashion your tin foil hat and be prepared to be entertained.

The Dramaturgy Questions

How would you explain the relevance - or otherwise - of dramaturgy within your work?
To be honest it’s not something we have consciously thought about for this show. The show is written, produced and performed by the same two people so the link flows through. Certainly it will be something we need to think about in a different way for a larger production.

What particular traditions and influences would you acknowledge on your work - have any particular artists, or genres inspired you and do you see yourself within their tradition?
Without sounding really clichéd we are influenced by such a wide variety of art forms. That said a lot of our work tends to be black comedy so I would say that is a big influence. Our bigger problem is that our minds don’t shut up so we can get excited over anything from a conversation overheard on a bus, a great play or film to a news report, a blossom tree and everything in between!

Do you have a particular process of making that you could describe - where it begins, how you develop it, and whether there is any collaboration in the process?
The whole of our show is a collaboration. We start off with brain storming – we could do something about this, this or this! Then we calm down a bit, re-read any notes and focus a bit more. From there we either write line for line together or take sections that we are excited by and go away for a bit. Then we get back together and try and mash it back into a whole with a lot of improve in the middle. Rehearsals then refine this. We also talk. A lot. For every idea we put into practice there are about 20 that we don’t. We must have talked about this idea for about 3 months before we started to put pen to paper so a lot of the drafting goes on in the back of our brains without us really knowing.

What do you feel the role of the audience is, in terms of making the meaning of your work?
The audience are vital. Otherwise it’s just the two of us sat in a dark room and if that’s the case then we want wine. Which is why we would love to welcome everyone to theSpaceUK Surgeons Hall at 4.05, wine is optional. Seriously though the whole point of any of our performances are to entertain, our stories don’t mean anything if you can’t pass them on. Even when rehearsals are fantastic, you can’t get the same level of energy and magic that happens when it happens in front of other people. If a tree falls in the forest and all that.

‘We are passionate about new writing and are really excited to debut Cross Wire at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the wonderful theSpaceUK Surgeon’s Hall. They are such a nourishing space for new work it is a privilege to work with them.’ – Split Trunk Productions.

Cross Wire will be shown at theSpaceUK Surgeon’s Hall Theatre 3 from 7th – 29th August 2015 16:05.

Karen (Ceza Ouzounian) is hiding more than a little white lie. In fact hers are more bright purple. A fast paced comedy of crossed wires, failed interrogations and alien plots to take over the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a play that is literally out of this world.

‘Becoming an alien for Cross Wire has been challenging but a lot of fun. I’m getting comfortable with my alien form now! I’m very excited about our performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and know it will be an unforgettable experience.’ – Ceza Ouzounian, Actress

Vanessa (Rhiannon Hughes) is not your usual secret agent. Working in the shadows to track down traffickers her ordered world is turned upside down when a routine interrogation goes awry as her captures turns electric blue. Not resulting from a lack of oxygen but a lack of serum keeping up her human disguise. 

‘Working on cross wire has been an amazing experience. Transferring from a potentially murderous torturer to a wide eyed fangirl in the space of the show is a lot of fun. Pick a side and don’t forget to bring your ray gun or your tin foil hat.’ – Rhiannon Hughes, Actress.

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