The Pleasance are amazing when it comes to supporting emerging and early career artists. For us Silent Faces they have been a major part of our progression in the past couple of years and we are so grateful for all the stuff they do to help, especially when it comes to connecting us young artists together! Recently, while at one of the Pleasance meet ups we met Kaiya from Transgression productions and chatted to her about the two shows that her company are producing, and both sound super exciting!
Tell us about your two shows:
(even) HOTTER is a piece of verbatim theatre made up from interviews with women and non-binary people from the ages 13-97. It’s constructed from sketches, lipsyncing and joyful music. It’s showing at Bedlam Theatre during the Fringe at 9.30pm.
Everything Is Going To Be KO is a standup storytelling show which follows Kaiya and her late diagnosis of dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. There’s loads of rad projections and silly characters. We’re on at 12.45 in the Pleasance Courtyard.
What are the main themes of the plays and why are they important to you and your audience?
So both plays are completely driven by the idea of voicing stories that wouldn’t be heard otherwise. When we interviewed people for HOTTER a lot of the feedback was that, they hadn’t ever told anyone this before. It’s a show about joyful embodiment in a world that teaches us to hate our bodies. Our dream aim, our impossible hope, the one we chant to ourselves when we’re unsure of what it is we’re making, is that no one who leaves HOTTER is ever embarrassed of their body again
Everything Is Going To Be KO was made because Kaiya had felt alone and isolated at the time she discovered her disability. Even though she knew it couldn’t be a unique experience, she couldn’t find other stories similar to hers. Everything Is Going To Be KO is an intervention into the dearth of theatre containing disabled narratives and we want to bring this work to as wide an audience as possible. It’s about informing people but also about leaving the audience empowered and proud of neurodiversity and its place in the world.
As a production company we choose to create the art that allows us to see ourselves reflected in media, because if we didn’t, we wouldn’t.
There are so many ways to tell stories, tackle issues, explore ideas - why theatre?
Its about the immediacy of it. The audience are right there, you’re sharing a moment. At its best theatre is completely a two way interaction. Obviously at it’s worst, it’s elitist, inaccessible, boring and expensive. We love the sharing elements of theatre, because in no other medium can you cry in front of people and then have everyone up and dancing in cheerful abandon.
What was the last show you saw that you think everyone should see?
Jess Thom (Tourettes Hero) did a version of Not I. It was a complete tour de force in terms of performance but it also set up how accessible theatre can look and that it is better for everyone. We also loved that it took a text loved by the establishment and re-appropriated it as a neurodiverse anthem.
What else in the Edinburgh Fringe programme are you excited to see?
THERE’S JUST SO MANY. Beard are back and we’re their biggest fans. They’re a duo of clowns who just make us laugh in ways no one else can. We’re also still reeling from Lolly Adefope’s show from 2016 so it’s exciting to see whats next. And of course our best mate Georgia Bruce is doing a banging 45mins of character comedy at Tollbooth Market at 1.45!
(even) HOTTER is on at 9.30pm at Bedlam Theatre and Everything Is Going To Be KO is 12.45pm in the Pleasance Courtyard!