Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Sophie Ellicott, Sophie Toland and Louise Wilson of BAPS Theatre, tell us about their showDi and Viv and Rose, which they will be performing at Joshua Brooks from 20– 23July.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A quirky, witty and often touching account of female friendship, which is difficult not to like and impossible to forget.
Is this your first visit to the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
This is our debut performance and our first visit to the GM Fringe so we’re approaching it with wide eyes and open minds, so perhaps we can add some interesting tales of our own to the mix for next year!
How has the show developed on the way to the Greater Manchester Fringe?
The show has been developed so far over many wine meetings (these are the most important for any professional company), and we imagine it will be developed further over the next couple of months over many more meetings (and many more bottles of wine).
How have you been preparing for the Greater Manchester Fringe?
1: See above (wine)
2: We’ve been working very hard to set up a strong platform on social media and have been pleased with the response we’ve had so far. Hopefully this will continue to grow as we introduce our company &production blog and begin filming our character video diaries…
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
We’ve been very privileged to have been given the rights to perform the professional Northern debut of this play by Amelia Bullmore – a successful actress who has appeared in Coronation Street, Scott &Bailey and Happy Valley – last performed professionally at the Vaudeville Theatre, West End, in 2015. It’s particularly apt for a Manchester festival since the play is linked to the city in various ways: Bullmore studied at Manchester University herself then chose to stay and work in the city for a further decade, and we’ve chosen to use it as the setting at the start of the play where Di, Viv and Rose first meet.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Festival (apart from your own!)?
We’re looking forward to seeing a short play called Two Rucksacks and a Map of the World by local writer Clarke McWilliam, on at the Eagle Inn, Salford, on the 4, 5and 7 July.
If your show was a biscuit what type of biscuit would it be and why?
We like biscuits and find they go particularly well with tea. And wine, obviously. We would say it’s most like a Hobnob biscuit, as it’s both gritty and sweet and survives a good dunking (!).
Dates and times: 20– 23July at 7:30 (plus a 2pm matinee on 23 July)
Ticket prices: £10, £7.50 conc.
Venue: Joshua Brooks, 106 Princess St., Manchester M1 6NG
Box Office Details: www.ticketea.co.uk/tickets-theatre-di-and-viv-and-rose-by-amelia-bullmore
Company Twitter: @BAPSTheatre