We had a nice chat with Ruby from Theatre63 about their show Cockroached, which will be at Edinburgh Fringe alongside Follow Suit this summer. See what they had to say about gender exploration, telling stories in new and original ways and theatre that leaves you asking questions…
Tell us a bit about your show:
Cockroached is a post-apocalyptic black comedy about what it is to be lonely. Told through the eyes of Taylor, who has been surviving alone in the back room of a party shop for years, they find a radio and a voice on the other end. Both of the characters are non gender specific and the actors switch roles each night. The adaptable gender of the titular character skews an audience’s interpretation of certain portions of the play. The play explores gender but isn’t about it. We also use live radio equipment on stage.
What sort of theatre do you make?
This is our first show so we wouldn't say we have a particular style yet, it's new writing which is something we love and want to do more of but we are interested in branching out as well. We have a diverse group of people who bring a range of different skills and ideas and we all just want to tell stories in a new and original way.
What's the most important thing that theatre should do?
Theatre should leave you asking questions. The best feeling is coming out of a show and not being able to stop talking about it, even if that discussion is critical or negative. If theatre gets you talking, thinking, feeling, it's done its job. Theatre should also be for everyone, no matter their social or financial circumstances.
What shows at the fringe are you most looking forward to?
We are really excited about The Jurassic Parks and Mars Actually from Superbolt! Since their success at the fringe in 2015 we keep hearing amazing things and can finally see them this year. Also can't wait to see Alexander Fox whom we met at The Pleasance Meet and Greet, he was absolutely hilarious and we're looking forward to seeing what he brings to his show. Mental by Kane Power Theatre is high on the list, it's had rave reviews and looks to be a very important piece tackling mental health. It's also got a great team behind it!
Cockroached is on at the Pleasance Courtyard That, 2-28th August at 2pm.