Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Bruised Dramaturgy: Martin Murphy @ Edfringe 2017

Bruised Sky Productions presents
Written and directed by Martin Murphy
Performed by Louise Beresford

2nd - 28th August 2017, 2pm (not 16th)

“Who protects those that protect us?”

Victim invites us to step inside the prison walls and into the minds of officer Tracey and inmate Siobhan.  Brutal, topical and darkly funny, this explosive new work from Bruised Sky looks at the power struggle between prison guard and criminal as they come face to face with a notorious inmate.  

This one women show follows on from Bruised Sky’s 2016 hit Villain, but stands alone as a piece of drama.  

What was the inspiration for this performance? 

The piece was inspired by learning about the amount of pressure on staff within the prison system. I wanted to create a piece that looked at this from both sides so Victim is a one woman show where the performer plays both an inmate and a guard highlighting the situation at present. 

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

Performance is still a fantastic space for discussing ideas. Where so much of what we believe to be news these days is in fact fiction by creating a work of actual fiction in performance we can just present ideas and let people make up their own mind.

How did you become interested in making performance?

Entertainment is one of the most important things we can offer. So many professions now serve no real function beyond keeping people employed but we will always need entertainers. 

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?

With a tough subject matter I wanted to make sure I had a performer who is highly skilled in comedy. That was the main focus of my approach to creating the performance. We can deal with pretty much anything in life as long as at points we get an opportunity to laugh.

Does the show fit with your usual productions?

It’s a fairly typical Bruised Sky production in that the focus is almost entirely focused around the performance rather than on set or props. I always try to create pieces that actors will want to perform in which means I have been lucky enough to get to work with some phenomenal performers. 

What do you hope that the audience will experience?

The first aim is to entertain if you’ve not done that then you have failed. Beyond that I hope to engage people’s minds and get them thinking about a range of issues they may have previously known nothing about.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?

Through the script I try to hint at an ending early on but then lead an audience through a maze as to how they could end up at this destination.

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