Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Deadpan Dramaturgy: Max Thrower @ Edfringe 2016

PREDRINKS’ sees preparations for a huge
night out unfold as part-time
drag queen Angus prepares to support an international star with his
bizarre but catchy original Europop dance classics (including soon to
be iconic hits, ‘Lobster Ass Bitches’ and ‘#TRANSITION’). Valiantly
attempting to keep the waves of pre-emptive celebration in the air are
his flatmates and guests, whose own problems threaten to eclipse the
success of the evening. Past misdeeds and future crises loom large as
ill-fated clown romances and x-rated lasagnes spark spirals of
conflict and chaos.

‘AFTERPARTY’, begins as they stumble home in the early hours of the
morning, the soundtrack of Europop and disaster following them into
the new day. Disaster takes the form of unresolved romantic conflict,
ill-advised new friends and an astonishingly drunk Girl Guiding Events
Coordinator who is due to sing the morning chorus at camp in a matter
of hours.

The shows are written by and star Eliot Salt and Jude Mack as ‘Ally’
and ‘Leah’, alongside Robyn Wilson as ‘Jenny’, Julian Mack as ‘Jack’,
Harry Trevaldwyn as ‘Angus’ and Sylvie Briggs as ‘Sazzle’. New up and
coming director Cindy McLean-Bibby directs both shows. Original
euro-pop dance tracks by multi-alias Bristol based producer Will
Runner (Yuki Ame, Cara 3000, Billy).

PLEASE NOTE: ‘PREDRINKS’ will be performed on all odd dates of August
and ‘AFTERPARTY’ on even dates.

Venue: Underbelly Cowgate (Big Belly) Date: 4th – 28th August (Not the
17th) Time: 23:30 (1 hour)

Tickets: Mon-Thurs £9/£8 Fri-Sun £10/£9
Box Office: 0844 545 8252

What was the inspiration for this performance?
We wanted to make something that would be light and high energy and as
funny as possible for the late night underbelly crowd. We’re also very
interested in writing for TV and so the episodic nature came from that
and the concept fitted all the aims really. The characters came from
who we wanted to see the actors play and where we thought they’d be
funniest and most enjoyable for audiences.

How did you go about gathering the team for it?
We chose people who we’d either worked with before or seen and admired
the work of. Essentially we asked some of our favourite actors and
theatre-makers and made 2 plays that showed them off the best.

How did you become interested in making performance?
 Being keen on showing off from a very young age really.

Was your process typical of the way that you make a performance?
Pretty much, although there was a level of ambition to the scale of
the production, which is new. The process towards the technical and
visual elements of the production, from all angles, was a much more
central part of the end product. Also we don’t have a student cast and
crew this time so there were quite a few more commitments to organise
writing/rehearsals/meetings around.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?
A host of hilarious performances, warm and likeable characters, witty
dialogue and brilliant, bizarre and excellently produced songs on a
fabulously designed set.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?
Assembling the best team possible, from production to performance

Do you see your work within any particular tradition?
It’s a comedy play but it is sort of a sitcom for the stage, with
some surreal musical interludes.

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