Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Lee Clotworthy of Gingerleedoesit, tells us about their show National Killing Day, which they will be performing at The King’s Arms Theatre.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
‘On a day when slaying is declared legal, James has the sudden urge to pay his ex wife a visit’…..is the tag line to a fast paced dark comedy including amazing actors from all walks of Britain.
Is this your first visit to the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
It is indeed! I haven’t exactly been told what to expect from the Greater Manchester Fringe but have worked alongside the organizers at the Camden Fringe in the past who are a lovely bunch that do an amazing job. Fringe is always an emotional roller coaster as ALL audiences are different. One night one can have a full house, the next, three people. That’s when one realizes, they are about quality, not quantity……well that’s what I told myself in Edinburgh back in the day anyway. Fringe is a great platform for all artistes to express themselves whether audiences like it or not. But just to clarify, THIS show is great.
How has the show developed on the way to the Greater Manchester Fringe?
At this early stage, we have had two read throughs, a character workshop and one rehearsal. Thus far I have also amended the script three times and all actors are starting to ‘own’ their characters. A script, actor and director all have a ‘give and take’ relationship which has to be flexible to enable creativity and a believability which we all owe to the audience.
How have you been preparing for the Greater Manchester Fringe?
I used a montage a few weeks ago but still haven’t found the right 80s track to compliment the actors dedication. We’ve also been a Twittering, a photograph….ing and working on the characters through-lines through workshops and visits to the pub afterwards. We have been performing snippets to a local college and University too.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
To be a diplomatic soul I would say all shows are unique in their own special way. Diplomacy aside, this probably is the best. I jest of course but we do have a fantastic cast of nine and portray two sides of an argument, the media versus real life. Supernatural elements also occur including a guitar playing ghost. ‘Could you ever think a priest could kill in cold blood?’
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Festival (apart from your own!)?
War Stories looks very interesting and although it’s not exactly a show I would like to get involved in the Free Manchseter Walks as I do love a good ramble in the Jungle. N.B: The Jungle we know as Manchester! They really should have used that pun-tastic title.
If your show was a biscuit what type of biscuit would it be and why?
It would be my all time favorite…..the Oreo. Incredibly tasty with many layers and even good on a milkshake or cake, just like our show. If one would look closely into it the brown biscuits could represent the Government and Media, the white soft bit is the public. The biscuit bits are the mould and foundation of the ‘free’ roaming cream. They keep the cream in place but sometimes can be overbearing. Without it though, the biscuit wouldn’t be ‘Oreo’. What do you make an Oreo milkshake with? A nutribullet. This ‘bullet’ shakes the whole thing up and causes anarchy………..I think I should be quiet now. Our show is VERY tasty though. Do come!
Dates and times: 19–22of July. 9pm-10pm
Ticket prices: £6, £5 concessions
Venue: The Kings Arms Theatre
Box Office Details: https://www.ticketea.co.uk/tickets-theatre-national-killing-day/
Company Twitter: @gingerleedoesit #NKD