Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival this year. Here author and director Ivan Andradetells us about The Amateurs Company showA Little Prince, performing at The Boat, Brighton.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A thoughtful and magical insight into the classic novel The Little Prince that addresses its numerous layers of thought and emotion in a modern, subtle and poetic show.
Is this your first visit to Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
It is indeed our first visit. We know that this is the biggest theatre event in England. For this reason, we thought it would be the ideal place to present the British premiere (and World Premiere in English) of our most important production so far, a magical immersion into the world of The Little Prince.
How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?
This production is a remake —with a new British cast— of a critically acclaimed, sold-out production that premiered in Spain in 2014. This production granted me with an award by the SGAE Foundation (similar to PRS, but for writers) to undertake a Master’s Degree in Playwriting in London. This his how I set foot in thiscountry, and thrilled by its buoyant theatre scene, I decided to bring my next production here.
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
We have redesigned our website (it’s now in English) and have established new contacts and partnerships with local people and institutions in Brighton and London (South London Storytelling, BOAT Theatre, Exeter Street Hall, The Theatre Workshop, Brighton and Hove High School, Duke of York’s Picturehouse). We have done this so that we can have many small stages where we can showcase our performance, prior to our premiere at the BOAT.
We need to sell 2000 seats, and we are brand new in town — thus, we need to let everybody know about our existence, as well as the fine quality of our work.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
The reason why we founded The Amateurs was because we thought we had something different to say. We believe theatre is a live experience that must affect all of our physical experience beyond our aesthetic curiosity as spectators—it must touch our hearts. I’m not only a theatre director, but also a Somatic Trainer who has been developing in the last four years a training for actors that addresses their bodily experience when they are onstage. In our rehearsals we spend a good amount of hours learning to embrace all the energy (fear and excitement) that arouses when we are in front of an audience (something that anyone, not only actors, can experience). Acknowledging and embracing this energy with confidence is key to engage an embodied, thus truthful, naturalistic and creative kind of acting which turns into an intense and emotionally deep performance.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Runts! We saw this very young company (Hungry Wolf) last year at the Fringe and we loved them. They’re very fresh teenagers, extremely talented, energetic and their show was of the finest quality. We think The Theatre Workshop (the school behind this company) is doing an excellent job training new talented performers that will flourish at the Fringe in the coming years.
If your show was a flavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?
OK. We had to do some research to answer this question. I have never tasted Brighton Rock, but I guess we might be green tea flavoured—something different, subtle and delicious; surprising for adults, and appealing for kids.
ALittle Princeis being performed at The Brighton Fringe 20-22 May 2016
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