Sunday, 29 July 2018

Just Dramaturgy Please @ Edfringe 2018

What was the inspiration for this performance?
John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme and the NewsRevue. The former, a BBC Radio Four sketch show, the latter the longest running live comedy sketch show in the world. Both are brilliantly written, crafted and performed shows which inspired us to start our own journey. We are all actors and had worked together before in various capacities: from film to improv troupe Very Serious People. We came together in a beautiful marriage of written material, the desire to work and finding each other completely hilarious. 


Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas?
Absolutely. Especially if those ideas are ‘what if OFSTED went to Hogwarts’ or ‘What will our generation’s Dad Dancing be?’ 

On a more serious note, performance is an invaluable space for the discussion of ideas and we sincerely believe that the demographics these discussion reach must be vastly widened and diversified. 


How did you become interested in making performance?
We’re in it for the money.


Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?
A first draft of a sketch will be written. This will either come out of a mutual discussion, an idiosyncratic comment or from sitting in cafes for too long. Once we have a draft it is reworked and edited by all four of us until it is precise, lean and fits the following criteria:

    It makes us laugh
    It doesn’t ‘punch down’ 
    It can be acted with sincerity 

Alongside writing jokes about Pope try-outs and the dangers of Original Source shower gel, we spend a lot of time discussing the political message our show is transmitting. 


Does the show fit with your usual productions?
This is our Edinburgh Frine debut so this is sort of the litmus test of what a usual ‘Just These, Please’ production is. So yes. It completely fits and is entirely on brand, one of the fringe benefits (pun intended) of being a brand new brand. 


What do you hope that the audience will experience?
We hope the audience will experience fulfilment, happiness and a new found purpose. Regarding our show, however, we hope they spend an hour laughing and leave with a newfound respect for their Bag For Life. 


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