Thursday, 2 July 2015

Dramaturgy at Sunset: George Chilcott @ Edfringe 2015

 What inspired this production: did you begin with an idea or a script or an object?
George Chilcott: We liked the idea of a pub quiz team pulling off a casino heist. Throwing ordinary people into an extraordinary situation has great comic potential and we found this particular scenario tickled us.

Why bring your work to Edinburgh?Word of mouth rules in Edinburgh and, therefore, it is a fantastic litmus test for the quality of your work. Edinburgh audiences are discerning, generous and we enjoy putting our work in front of them.

What can the audience expect to see and feel - or even think - of your production?
The audience can expect to be gripped by an exciting heist caper, they will laugh, they will listen to live music and they can expect inventive stage craft. We have no set, but create whole worlds using a drum pad, six mics and a loop pedal.

The Dramaturgy Questions

How would you explain the relevance - or otherwise - of dramaturgy within your work?
Hugely relevant. We devised the work over the course of 5 weeks and, once that period of development was over, our writers, working with both the director and a dramturg, built a script over the course of two months.

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?
We are influenced by sitcom and sketch comedy, modern and classic film, music of all ages and the inventiveness of companies such as Kneehigh, RashDash and Beartrap. DugOut make work that is playful, comedic and multi-disciplinary.

 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?
Our process begins with an idea for a story, which we then plot. Once the plotting process is done, we then create our characters and put them into carefully planned improvisations. Writers are present in the room, jotting down dialogue and ideas that are prompted by the improvisations. In tandem with the development of our script, we will spend time developing the style in which we are to present our play.

What do you feel the role of the audience is, in terms of making the meaning of your work?
The audience are always a present consideration in our work. They are an integral component in the act of theatre and, whether through explicit or implicit involvement, they are always present. Our plays allow plenty of room for the imagination of the audience. For instance, our latest show has very little set, but creates worlds through a changing soundscape that allows the audience to fill the space with their own meaning.

Are there any questions that you feel I have missed out that would help me to understand how dramaturgy works for you?
You could ask more specific questions about the type of dramaturgy we did on the script.

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