Firstly, we are so excited to introduce you to our new face! Our EdFringe artwork is very nearly finished and we love it - so here's a sneak preview at our brand new look:
Secondly, we wanted to take a minute to introduce you to some of our crew, in the form of a cheeky interview. We like to put the Faces on the spot, so this week we sprang some BIG questions on Stella and Cara, our stage manager and assistant director, to see what they think of Follow Suit...
What’s the BIG attraction to Follow Suit?
Stella: For me, the themes that Follow Suit addresses [moral responsibility and trauma] are really important, especially in light of recent events, it highlights the importance of how we deal with tragedy in society today.
From a lighting stand point, the show is interesting to play with, as the four clowns have their own lightbulb which adds comic value and also contributes to the idea of being controlled by an outside power.
Cara: Working with a dynamic, talented and interesting creative team – it’s such a wonderful mix of people that all make me smile! I’m also looking forward to harnessing techniques such as clowning and physical theatre to discuss and explore important subject matters, like those in Follow Suit.
What are the BIGGEST challenges we face in taking the show to Edinburgh?
Stella: Taking the show up for the month is going to be interesting, I'm sure we will get a big variety of different audiences and also different sizes of audience. Hopefully we can make sure that this keeps the show fresh faced and also challenges the cast and team to stick with it and play with the different energies this provides.
Cara: My instant thought would be the niche nature of the clown genre, but with such an experimental and open festival, that will be no problem at all! Our piece is perfect for that the audiences are prepared to see at a festival like Edinburgh – we will shock, move and entertain in under an hour.
Is theatre the place to talk about the 'BIG' issues?
Stella: Yes, 100%. Theatre, in my eyes, isn't just a place for entertainment, it's somewhere where you can put across an idea or pose a question about society. But to do this in a format which gives the audience a platform to think about taboo subjects but without telling them what to think or bombarding them with facts and figures. It's a vital tool in my opinion, and follow suit is a perfect example of this.
Cara: Yes. Theatre allows you an audiences time and interest, whether it be for 2 seconds, 2 hours or 2 days you have them in the palm of your hand, and are able to question and challenge them. It’s our right as theatre makers to tackle the important issues, after all if we can’t speak freely in the theatre, where can we?