Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Jodie of Big Egg Theatre, tells us about their showDamned, which they will be performing at Kings Arms: The Vaults.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Damned is an insidious, rapid-fire piece of theatre that explores the manipulation of power, the precariousness of hierarchy, and what happens when someone on the bottom rung decides to change their life completely.
Is this your first visit to the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
We’re excited to say that this is our very first visit! We’ve been told that the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival is inclusive of all sorts of local and international art, so we’re expecting to see some very bold and innovative shows.
How has the show developed on the way to the Greater Manchester Fringe?
Damned is an ambiguous script, and with each new cast comes a new interpretation. The show develops during character workshops, and through on- and off-script improvisation. In this production we are seeing some very interesting twists in the actors’ characterisation and their onstage relationships, sending us down a new, undeniably sinister path.
How have you been preparing for the Greater Manchester Fringe?
We have made a few visits to Manchester already, familiarising ourselves with the area and with our fantastic venue. We have been having a look at the rest of the Fringe lineup, and getting very excited about it. And we’re also doing a fair amount of rehearsing as well, we hear that’s useful.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
The narrative of this play, and the intentions of the characters within it, are determined by the audience. The play has received many different interpretations from writers, reviewers and audiences. First-time viewers are welcome to create their own, ask others for theirs, or forgo all this interpretation lark and simply enjoy what happens on stage.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Festival (apart from your own!)?
We cannot wait to see The Sketch Men: Attempted Jokes. They are two seriously funny guys and it should be a really enjoyable show.
If your show was a biscuit what type of biscuit would it be and why?
Damned would be a Bourbon Cream, because it’s dark, rich, and can be consumed in lots of different ways.
Dates and times: 22-31 July, 7.30PM
Ticket prices: £8.00 full, £6.00 conc
Venue: Kings Arms: The Vaults
Box Office Details: http://www.greatermanchesterfringe.co.uk/details.php?show_id=346
Company Twitter: @BigEggTheatre