Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Trash Test Dramaturgy: Dummies @ Edfringe 2017

TRASH TEST DUMMIES RETURNS TO EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 5 – 26 August 2017 (not 14th, 21st) 1pm Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The Lafayette), Edinburgh EH9 9EX Presented by Underbelly
Everyone put your bins out! Trash Test Dummies are back in Edinburgh! This sidesplitting, slapstick comedy circus show returns to Edinburgh Festival Fringe for a third year running, delivering a dump-truck of hilarity!

Trash Test Dummies have been taking the festival world by storm since 2015, receiving accolades including Best Children's Presentation at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015.

The Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises.

Returning to the Fringe after sell out shows in 2015 and 2016, this award winning comedy takes the household wheelie bin to new heights.

What was the inspiration for this performance? 
We wanted to make a show that we would have as much fun doing as the audience would watching. We were given Wheelie bins to play with whilst studying at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in Australia and had so much fun exploring this mundane inanimate object that everyone is so familiar with and uses for one purpose. 

We found an ample amount of creative ways of using the wheelie bin in unconventional ways as well as being able to perform circus stunts with them.

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas? 

We believe it is a great way to communicate an idea and a wonderful platform to start discussions.

How did you go about gathering the team for it? 

The three of us met at NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts) in Australia where we became great mates and decided to make a fun show together.

How did you become interested in making performance? 
It probably stems as far back as putting on performances in the lounge for my parents. I can’t remember a time when I was not on stage - whether in a band a play or a musical. After finding a love for Circus and Physical theatre it just seemed like a logical progression to make a performance with this art-form.

Does the show fit with your usual productions?

This is our first show as this company. We are currently making a new show called “Splash Test Dummies” where we are taking the same approach as we did with the first. It’s all about creating a fun show that we enjoy making and performing as much as the audience will enjoy watching.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?

We hope audiences will forget where they are as they are having so much fun being with us in the moment. We hope they live inspired and maybe add a little silly into their own lives.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience? 

We are influenced by comedy, clowning and circus. We try to use these mediums to take the audience on a journey into our playful imaginations where we explore everyday objects in profound and hilarious ways.
 Winner: Best Children’s Presentation, Adelaide Fringe 2015 Runner-up: Primary Times Children’s Choice Award, Edinburgh Fringe 2016 Winner: Best Children’s Presentation Weekly Award, Adelaide Fringe 2016
Title Trash Test Dummies
Performance Dates Sat 5 – Sat 26 August (not 14th or 21st)
Running time 60 minutes
Location Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (The
Lafayette), Edinburgh EH9 9EX

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