Kate Cox of This really Is Too Much answers our Five Fast Fringe Questions.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
This show is for anyone interested in dance, theatre, laughing, crying, feminism, gender, identity, smashing the system, ticking the boxes, beauty pageants, political speeches, salad, moisturiser, water, turtle necks, disco or Barry White.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
We have been thinking and talking about getting a show to Edinburgh for some time, and it was often something that audience members or supporters would suggest, but until now it had never felt like the right time, or, more importantly the right show. But when we finished making This Really is Too Much, we all felt that this was the one to take to Edinburgh; it’s more edgy and political than our previous work, and we felt that if there was anywhere we were going to get it out there to the masses, it was the Fringe. It was a bit of a scary thought, as we are total Edinburgh newbies, but being offered the Underbelly Untapped programme gave us the confidence we needed to take the plunge.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
This is a small snippet of what some seasoned Fringe aficionados have told us: BE PREPARED. But also flexible. And mainly prepare to drink your body weight in alcohol each day whilst schmoozing important theatre types. And don’t panic if you sometimes perform to audiences of less than the company on stage. But the best thing we’ve been told so far is, ‘Your show is mega. Feel confident in that word of mouth will be the thing that draws people in.’ Which gave us a nice but terrified feeling.
What makes your show stand out from all the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
It’s a mad mixture of disciplines: we are all trained dancers but the work we make doesn’t sit snugly in the contemporary dance category. Or theatre for that matter. We make work which straddles the two, with a lot of comedy and absurdist images to boot. Its neither a play nor a dance – its what we like to call “post-intellectual-pseudo-spiritual-feminist-comedy-dance” for the modern day era. So if that intrigues you, come along and see for yourself!*
* Also of course the show is an unabashed strike at The Patriarchy. So all those fellow feminists wishing to join the struggle have a moral duty to come along in support of taking down The Patriarchy. We encourage said feminists to also bring all their non-feminist friends because they will have a nice time too.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
Selina Thompson’s Salt and Forced Entertainment’s Real Magic.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: This Really Is Too Much
Venue: Underbelly, Big Belly
Dates: 3 August – 27 August 2017 (not 14)
Time: 15:20 (55 mins)