Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Spun Glass Theatre tell us about their showStamp, which they’re performing at The Warren’s Studio 2.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Stamp is an interactive, cheeky, challenging theatre game-show where you make the rules.
Is this your first visit to Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
Spun Glass Theatre have been performing at Brighton Fringe since our first show in 2010 and we’re based in Brighton so we’re well prepared for the madness of the Fringe!
How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?
We’ve been developing Stamp for over a year. The project started life in a four-week research and development project funded by Arts Council England to explore themes of gender and sexuality in performance. We often devise using classic texts as inspiration so our basis for this process was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Marlborough Theatre here in Brighton supported that development and we experimented with putting the famous lovers from MSND into same-sex relationships and how popular culture influences our ideas about gender norms.
We had lots of ideas and discoveries after that research period, but no production. So the company spent some time working out exactly what we wanted to say and how popular culture affected everything. We hit upon the idea of a theatre game show to explore gender stereotypes and tell stories to the audience about our everyday experiences both silly and more insidious.
With another round of funding from the Arts Council we were able to create Stamp – build the set, create the responsive game show sounds, design the challenges and prizes. We performed the show for the first time at the Vault Festival back in February and had a lot of fun.
Now our director, Jessica, is currently re-writing the show and re-casting ready for a totally new and exciting experience at Brighton Fringe
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
The Stamp set has had its final lick of paint and application of glitter ready to transfer into the Studio 2 space at The Warren Theatre.
We’re re-casting two performers as the roles have developed and changed since the Vaults, and the final challenge is transforming…but you’ll have to come along to see what changes have been made!
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Stamp is a unique show because it brings together a fusion of theatre forms and ideas. It draws from theatre and storytelling, cabaret, interactive theatre and game shows to create something totally new and fun. It’s a show where the audience doesn’t just get involved but also understands something deeper about themselves at the end.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Really looking forward to seeing Hip by Kriya Arts
If your show was a flavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?
Popping candy! It’s definitely unpredictable but weirdly thrilling.
Stampis being performed 6 – 9May, 21 May, 3, 5 June 2016
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