Saturday, 11 July 2015

Sick of Dramaturgy: All In Theatre @ Edfringe 2015

Love Sick 

Aug 6 - Aug 30
Performance time - 19:00
Duration: 1 hour
Assembly Hall - Baillie Room
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
We are an award winning devising theatre company who use our own style of clown and physical comedy to first and foremost entertain. 
We believe the escapism theatre provides is fundamentally important in day to day life - In dark times we need light.
We want you to enjoy being an audience as much as we enjoy being on stage. 

The Fringe
What inspired this production: did you begin with an idea or a script or an object?
Steven Sobal: We wanted to make a show about why humans love. I remember watching a David Attenborough show about animals that stay with their mates for life. We started thinking and about why humans do it. What's the benefit? I think at the beginning we wanted to make something a bit scientific. It didn't work out that way.

We recorded interviews with people. Some that we knew and some that we stopped and asked.

Questions like:
What is love?
Where can we find it?
What's the point in it?
How does it work?

The answers where amazing. Some heart felt and nearly all very funny.

This was our starting point.

Why bring your work to Edinburgh?
We have performed Love Sick in a number of great festivals including Brighton fringe and Brighton comedy fest. And have always had our sights on Edinburgh. 

Aside from being a great platform for us as a company and being able to write to potential producers and agents, we also have the chance to give the show a longer run that it is used to. We love performing this piece and the more people we can get to see it the better. That's what Edinburgh is great for. 

What can the audience expect to see and feel - or even think - of your production?
We take a look at love from a beautifully innocent angle. It's very silly, very physical and rather bizarre. 

The audience will see us living in the moment and trying to entertain them from start to finish. They will feel included. We talk to our audience and the show is created with them in mind. It's all about them. And they may think about what it really is all about. Love. Life. The whole thing. They might not. But that's also fine. 

The Dramaturgy Questions

How would you explain the relevance - or otherwise - of dramaturgy within your work?
We had no director or outside eye so dramaturgy is massively important to us. We work with a number of different styles in the show but always from a place of optimism and play. It's a hard style to rehearse as so much of what we do depends on if the audience are going with it or not. 

We have had to truly trust the work and trust ourselves as performers. 

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?Both myself and Amalia are actors that have trained in clown. We use a number of traditions but hopefully with our own style.

Companies and individuals that have influenced us are spymonkey and Philippe Gaulier.

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?We try very hard to keep things simple. Not to over complicate the scene or idea. This involves getting our heads in the right place before each meeting or rehearsal. Staying light and playing is so important to us.

We also have the challenge of only being two people. Both performing, devising and directing at different times.

We found there are very different roles between two co actors and say an actor and director.

For example one actor can say to another actor "I'm not really in the mood today" but you wouldn't say that to a director.

In the same way a director can say to an actor "you didn't do that very well..." But one actor would never say that to another.

We found that having a actual hat that we would in turn put on when we are being the director was so helpful.

What do you feel the role of the audience is, in terms of making the meaning of your work?
The audience is the most important thing to us.

It's all about them. We have the house lights on for our shows so we can see them and talk to them. We try to stay sensitive to what each particular audience as enjoying and of something isn't working we try something else or move on.

They are the reason we are allowed to be on stage.

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