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VAULT VIGNETTE: Amy Fleming on One Under

How would you describe your show in one sentence?

A heart-warming, bonkers plunge into the mind of a daughter dealing with life, the legacy of her father’s suicide and the power of talking.

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

It’s my first time as a performer, which is very exciting, but not my first time to the festival. I was lucky enough to catch Where do little birds go? here last year and I absolutely adored it. There was such a good atmosphere and so much energy around the festival too that I definitely knew I wanted to be part of it.

How has the show developed on the way to the tunnels?

The show has completely transformed from a scratch performance we did a few months ago – going from completely fictional to entirely autobiographical for a start! My favourite change has been our gameshow. Each round was completely separate originally but now it’s a fully formed gameshow with each round equipping the audience for an intense final round. I’m super competitive so the audience are going to have to go into full on game player mode if they want to beat me!

We’ve also included a lot more science which I think gives the show a real magical quality. That might not make sense but I think science is magic and wonderful and hopefully, people will leave feeling the same.

How have you been preparing for VAULT Festival?

We’ve been mainly putting the final touches to everything and trying to get it as fine tuned as we can. There’s quite a bit of audience interaction involved so really we can’t fully prepare until we are there in front of the audience. We’re so excited to just get there now and meet people, see lots of other work and hopefully present a piece of theatre that people enjoy and take something from.

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

For me, one of the major differences is the blend between science and theatre. I have a degree in Molecular Medicine and I’m really interested in how theatre can help scientists explore their work and communicate their research but also as a way for people to reconnect with science. A lot of people find science subjects quite difficult in school and so switch off from it but I think theatre makes it possible to present scientific ideas and research in a different medium which is more accessible for a lot of people.

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

Mr. Incredible is definitely on the list. It’s from the same writer as Where do little birds go? Camilla Whitehall and directed by the wonderful Sarah Myott Meadows so I know it’s going to be great. I also want to see The Eulogy of Toby Peach. I saw it in Edinburgh and I thought it was wonderful. I know there have been some changes so I’m interested in seeing what those are.

If your show was a creature lurking in the depths of a dark tunnel what would it be?

I think it would be a shape-shifter ready to take on the form of whatever the audience offer it.


One Under is performed at The VAULT Festival 17 – 21 February 2016

For more information visit www.vaultfestival.comor www.thelabcollective.co.uk

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