Tuesday, 9 August 2016

The Travelling Dramaturgy: The Travelling Sisters @ Edfringe 2016

 Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) ​
Aug 10-28 10.45pm

With wild eyes and a wicked flavour of comedy, Australian trio The Travelling Sisters serve up a gang of tragically charming misfits. Ridiculous. Unexpected.

What was the inspiration for this performance?
Life for a start, of course. When you get in a room with friends and wigs and start being silly, just about anything becomes funny. We’re particularly inspired by the beautiful, the grotesque, and the nonsensical. And we see as much theatre as we can!!

How did you go about gathering the team for it?
The Travelling Sisters have been together for three years and the show is an ever-evolving beast. We were lucky enough this year to get the directorial genius of Kimberly Twiner on board. We kidnapped her for a few days and cocooned ourselves up in a London turret. She went about clinking and clanging the collective material we had been hoarding, until we emerged with newly fitted wings for our beastly back.

How did you become interested in making performance?
The three of us are trained actors from Brisbane, Australia. In that part of the world there ain’t a whole lot paid work for actors, especially straight out of uni. We figured, if we wanted to keep performing, our best bet would be to make it ourselves. We didn’t realize we’d fall so madly in love with it…or each other!

Was your process typical of the way that you make a performance?
Yes. Wigs, silliness, and frequent baking. Our process develops constantly, becoming more efficient as we get to understand each other and they way we all tick. Creation is a tough gig, but the fun always outweighs the blocks and frustration.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?
Worlds of fun. Surprise and laughter.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?
Nothing we create is fourth wall. We’ve tried, but it’s just not our style. Everything we do we share with our audience.

Do you see your work within any particular tradition?
The timeless tradition of silliness.

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