Louise Orwin answers our Five Fast Fringe Questions on A Girl and a Gun
In one sentence tell us about your show.
A Girl and A Gun examines how cinema views violence and women, and asks us how far we are complicit when we watch… plus it features girls, guns and an unprepared male performer every night… what more could you ask for?!
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
In many ways the show is a perfect fit for Edinburgh. It’s playful, engaging for audiences, has meaty politics and of course, also has the element of a new performer in the male role every night, which means its basically a new show every night. Not to mention, Edinburgh is a brilliant place to recruit fresh meat for the show.
The show has had a London run, as well as touring the UK, but I felt that this is probably the year to try and do the full month in Edinburgh. I’ve done short runs here and there over the years at the Fringe, so I’m excited to be doing it ‘properly’ this year and this show feels like the right choice.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Drink water, take your vitamins, don’t be scared to be choosy.
What makes your show stand out from all the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
A Girl and A Gun is absolutely live. No two shows are the same, and I think that’s where it’s power lies. The male performer becomes a cipher for the role of the audience- through him they can be both voyeur, and feel for this ‘outsider’ who has been asked to perform this role. Audience members tend to relate to this performer, even when they don’t agree with the decisions he makes, so it makes it impossible to watch the show without feeling somehow complicit. I’m not a fan of theatre which permits its audiences to sit back in the dark as a voyeur, this show asks audiences to consider their own act of watching, and really brings them into the world of the show. With such a saturation of work at the Fringe you need to be presenting work that really grabs you, and this show will point a gun in your face (pun absolutely intended) and ask you to hold on for dear life. Edinburgh audiences won’t be disappointed.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
Ontroerend Goed, Forced Entertainment, Forest Fringe’s goodbye party, Wild Bore.
Finally, the boring but essential bit…
Name of the show: A Girl and A Gun
Dates: 2 August – 27 August 2017 (not 3, 7, 14, 21)
Time: 18.00 (70 mins)