After amazing success, Buzz The Musical, we caught up with Fat Rascal to talk about their show Tom and Bunny Save The World at VAULT this week. We can't wait to see it!
What drove you to make Tom and Bunny Save The World?
I'd have to say a burning love of zombies? From Shaun of the Dead to the brilliant and far too shortly lived In the Flesh I cannot get enough of apocalyptic brain munching chaos. Over the past century the western concept of Zombies has become increasingly popular in pop culture, perhaps because of the increasing relevancy of the cliched 'zombies reflecting the growing problems within our society’ metaphor. Perhaps cos they're just pretty cool. With box-set binging being dominated by programmes like 'The Walking Dead', 'Fear the Walking Dead', ‘iZombie', 'The Santa Clarita Diet' and 'Z Nation', there's no denying that the undead are pretty hot right now but in our opinion there's not nearly enough British zombies.
Our zombie apocalypse leaves us room to explore gender stereotypes, the class divide in Britain and a post-Brexit, post-apocalyptic world which seems more possible every day…
It's a show full of things we want to talk about, a love letter to our homes and music to accompany driving down British country roads.
Who is Tom and Bunny Save The World for?
Comedy lovers, zombie fanatics, those seeking out new musical theatre, or who just fancy something a bit different. Come one come all!
Oh but there is a bit of swearing and a bit of blood so we recommend over 12s!
How would you describe the work you make?
Funny, fresh and feminist.
We create rough and ready musical theatre with women at the forefront of our work, on and off stage.
Our shows are packed with heaps of energy, utter silliness and a message to leave you pondering.
What theatre ‘turn offs’ do you have?
There’s too many men, too many many men…
We recently wrote an article on ‘Why we need more women in theatre’ which we’re really proud of.
If we go to see a show which is too male heavy in cast and story or the women’s parts are predictable and dull we want to stand up and shout BORING. We want to see diversity, equality, different shapes and sizes and stories.
What was the last show that moved you to action?
We go to see a lot of theatre especially comedy and musical theatre on the fringe circuit and are so often blown away and inspired by the level of talent out there that it’s hard to choose!
A show which really stands out to me as a bit of a game changer was Dawn French’s one woman show ‘Thirty Million Minutes’. Dawn is a hero of mine but hearing her speak so honestly and passionately about body positivity, comedy writing and being a woman on and off screen just gave me a real kick up the bum to go and start creating liberating and self-affirming work for women.
What shows at VAULT are you looking forward to?
Ooo so many! What a treat we’re all in for eh!?
To pick three we’d have to say:
2 Become 1 (7-10 Feb). Swipe Right Theatre’s 90’s pop musical boasts some amazing tunes and shed loads of girl power. A nostalgia and joy fest which promises to be a brilliant night out.
Witt ’n Camp (17th Feb). This comedy meets cabaret meets burlesque duo are our ultimate girl crush. They are hilarious, gorgeous, absurdly talented creatures who’s show is so tight you can’t blink for fear of missing something. You’ll be horrified and aroused at the same time. Just go.
Me & My Bee (3-4 March). My dad went to see this on his own at the Fringe. I met him afterwards and he was proudly holding his free bag of seeds and simply said ‘that was really lovely’. The environment's important guys; and if it’s good enough for my dad John, it’s good enough for you.
Catch Tom and Bunny Save The World from the 14-18th in the Brickhall at VAULT! (Why not catch Silent Faces' A Clown Show About Rain, then straight back into Tom and Bunny this friday?)