Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Flesh and Dramaturgy: Elliot Warren and Olivia Brady @ Edfringe 2017

Unpolished Theatre presents the world premiere of

Flesh and Bone 

Jack Dome at the Pleasance Dome

2nd - 28th Aug 2017 at 4pm

Shakespeare speaks cockney in Unpolished Theatre’s gritty production.

Unpolished Theatre was created by Elliot Warren and Olivia Brady in 2016 alongside the idea of their first production Flesh & Bone which they will now premiere at the Pleasance this coming August.

Flesh and Bone
Jack Dome at the Pleasance Dome

2nd - 28th Aug 2017 at 4pm

£6-£10 tickets available from

Captioned performance on 24 August. 

What was the inspiration for this performance? 

Myself and Olivia have a devout love for Berkoff, we wanted to breathe fresh air on a style that is similar to that fantastically engaging theatre! With a passion in us both for London and its many characters: these two things birthed Flesh and Bone!

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

I think theatre is a fundamental place for just that! It is a place in which you willingly enter but then are subject to all kinds of ideas and opinions and you aren't able to not listen, clockwork orange like - without the matchsticks in your eyes of course and quite a comfy chair! 

With theatre you are able to truly and honestly express yourself without any of it being disregarded or ignored! 

How did you go about gathering the team for it? 

One actor trained a few years above us at the same school, Alessandro Babalola, and I wrote the part specifically for him. The other two cast members were found via CastingCallPro and have since become extremely good pals!

How did you become interested in making performance? 

I have always created my own work, I started writing stories and short films, I have a mini series online called Stick Up that has gained over 10 million views thus far. 

Theatre has always been where my heart lies, so it was only a matter of time before I would want to write a play and then teaming up with Olivia to create the thing!

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

It has been at break-neck speed! I wrote the main skeleton of the show in a month and then we started rehearsals. It’s been a matter of grabbing the cast, shoving us in a room and having fun!

Does the show fit with your usual productions?

This is out first production. It certainly fits the style that I have produced other forms of work in, but as far as theatre goes, this is our first, but I imagine we shall be creating similar work in the future as it has been such a brilliant process!

What do you hope that the audience will


The audience will go through a rollercoaster of emotions (An overused saying, but a fitting one!) There are moments of hilarity, shock, anger, sadness and we want the audience to travel through all of these with us!

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience? 

We were very aware that we didn’t ever want our audience to look away, no looking at watches at the 60 minute mark! Therefore we have designed scenes that are pacey and snappy, fun and engaging!

Flesh & Bone gives the gritty residents of an East London Tower Block a stage, through their wickedly eloquent voices and their outpourings of uberly bloated tongue. The audiences are thrust into their stories, held by the scruff of the neck, and made to listen. The characters’ language melts Shakespeare-inspired rhymes with cockney accent in a twisted and gripping performance. 

Unpolished Theatre was awarded the prestigious Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund for theatre by the Pleasance Theatre Trust – a designated, rolling Fund towards the production costs of bringing selected projects to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The purpose of the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund is to offer financial support to the writers, directors, technicians, producers and performers of the future to give them an opportunity to hone their talents and present a show at the world’s biggest arts festival. 

Elliot and Olivia studied together at Drama School in Bournemouth and forged a brilliant working relationship and friendship creating work throughout and afterwards. 

In early 2016, both back home in London, Elliot wrote a short film called Stick Up which Olivia produced and which went viral on the internet and gained 9.7 million views on Facebook ( 

In the same year, both Elliot and Olivia were in a production of East by Steven Berkoff and remembered their shared love of his style. 

Once the run had finished they were afire with ideas and energies that needed put onto a stage, igniting a similar style to Berkoff but with contemporary ideas and subject matters. 

Flesh & Bone was performed at the Etcetera Theatre in December in its initial version, but the company are planning extensive re-writes before the Fringe. It will be the company's debut on the Fringe.

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