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SPRINT SHORTS: Don’t Turn The Lights On

How would you describe your show in one sentence?

We explore and stimulate memories of being a teenager with a new theatrical structure taken from the world of music and applied to the stage.

Is this your first visit to Sprint, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

Yes, it’s our first time! We dreamt of finding a place that embraces bold and inventive artists. Giving us room to try new things and approaches to the theatre that we love creating. Sprint at Camden People’s Theatre is such a place, and we hope to inspire and be inspired by what we see and do.

How has the show developed on the way to Camden?

The original idea of applying the musical form of J.S. Bach’s Fugue No.2 in C minor started last year. Since then we have played with many approaches and concepts, all with the aim of invoking the feeling of musicality in the work without relying on the playing of music. It is a stimulating and nerve-racking experience. We are working on something never tried before. What we have now is the result of months of work and hundreds of ideas. We want to entertain, challenge, inspire and question the audience. Come along and tell us how we did.

How have you been preparing for Sprint?

We have presented previous versions of the show at festival such as Re:Play, More Storm Festival2016, and Goldsmiths Graduate Festival 2015, and asking for audience feedback in order to develop and refine the piece.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?

Its underlying approach of deconstructing a musical form and reconstructing it into a theatrical form. It is a new idea that we are still exploring the limits of. It is exciting and fun to be doing something no-one else is doing. We think this comes across in the production and will make the audience leave with questions and ideas of their own. It is not just a passive piece. It makes the spectators think about their own past and introduce their own stories to the narrative.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Sprint (apart from your own!)?

This is not an Egg – We saw the promotional image of the show and we definitely want to see a person cracking eggs on their face!

If your show was an item being sold on Camden Market, what would it be?

A distorting mirror.

Theatre Counterpoint will be performing Don’t Turn The Lights On at the Sprint Festival on 15 March 2016

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