Edinburgh Fringe 2022
An electrifying re-imagining of the ultimate love triangle. Mother. Father. Son. An emergency diagnosis crushes Jocasta's dreams of becoming a mother and sends her spiralling into hedonistic freefall.
Hi guys, thank you for talking to The New Current, how have you been keeping during these strange times?
It’s been an emotional rollercoaster. We were about to go into tech week when the first lockdown hit. At points I thought theatre was doomed and I considered reinventing myself as a window cleaner (I’m serious!) but I kept reworking the show to keep myself sane and I think it’s so much improved for that extra work.
How does it feel to heading to Edinburgh Fringe after everything that has happened?
Such a relief. Anticipation. Like looking forward to a cold beer after a long day at work. Cannot wait.
Will there be any nerves ahead of your first show at The Pleasance?
No, just giddy excitement.
Have you got your The Royal Mile sales patter down for August or are you still tweaking it?
I’m terrible at it. But luckily there are excellent talkers on the team, so I think we’ll be OK.
Can you tell me a little bit about Oedipus Electronica, what can we expect?
Bombastic sex, drugs and live Electronica. It’s for audiences who like their theatre dark, strong and gritty.
When you preview a show how much does it change before a major festival and do you still allow yourself some flexibility once a run has started?
The show is incredibly technically complex and is created by timecode, so once it’s formed, we are locked in. It doesn’t mean we can’t play with lines, notes, feelings, but the structure is iron bound.
Have you always had a passion for theatre?
"I put all that screenwriting learning into this theatre show, and I’m interested to know how that will be received."
What has been the most interesting thing you have discovered about yourself and the theatre you want to create after making this show?
I used the pandemic to work on my writing skills and went down a rabbit hole of screenwriting structure and principles. I loved it. And hated it. It’s so hard. But I’m enchanted by it, how defined it is but completely elusive. I put all that screenwriting learning into this theatre show, and I’m interested to know how that will be received.
What one word best describes your show?
In-between your show how do hope to get a chance to see other shows at the fringe?
Yes, I hope so, but haven’t made any commitments yet.
What has been the best piece of advice you have been give?
Do you have a favourite theatre quote?
It’s not specifically for theatre but; ‘Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures’ - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
And finally, what do you hope your audiences will take away from Oedipus Electronica?
A feeling that something has been broken open inside themselves and awoken, transformed, liberated. Like having a good orgasm, or sea swim.