Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019
Colin Granger: "There was very little live theatre going on where I lived and anyway the tickets were far too expensive, so for me at that time, theatre was words on a page or something to listen to on the radio."
OGG 'N' UGG 'N' DOGG | Gilded Balloon Teviot (Dining Room)
31st July – 26th August 2019 (not 7, 14, 21), 12:30 | TICKETS
Using their characteristic rich mix of theatrical forms including physical comedy, clowning, puppetry, music and song, Ogg ‘n’ Ugg ‘n’ Dogg is the show for families and dog lovers, old and young.
Hi Colin thanks for talking to TNC, how's everything going?
Everything’s going fine, thank you. We’ve just had Ogg ’n’ Ugg ’n’ Dogg’s first preview and are very happy with the audiences’ positive reaction to it.
How does it feel to be bringing Ogg ’n’ Ugg ’n’ Dogg to Edinburgh Fringe?
Excited, but also nervous because we know very well what a hard month it’s going to be.
What did it mean to win the Primary Times Children’s Choice Award 2018?
Our show Oskar’s Amazing Adventure won the award and that means more venues wanting to book the show in what will be its fourth year of national touring.
Did you expect to get this type of reaction for your work?
Yes, because for the last two years I’ve watched children enjoying Theatre Fideri Fidera’s Oskar’s Amazing Adventure in venues up and down the country.
Are there any nerves ahead of your Fringe run?
Yes, no matter how good we think our show is, we need an audience to see it and that is never an easy matter in Edinburgh.
Can you tell me a little bit about Ogg ’n’ Ugg ’n’ Dogg, what can we expect?
The play is set a long time ago in the fresh, sparkling new world just after the Ice Age when there were no dogs for us to be best friends with – they're werewolves but we didn’t like them and they didn’t like us. But then along came Yorkshire hunter-gatherers Ogg ‘n’ Ugg to pal up with the wolves, and save us all from a life of doglessness. Audiences can expect lots of fun, flying meat bones, sabre-toothed tigers, time travelling sticks, and – if they’re lucky – even a chance to pat the world’ first dog – Dogg!
"...get a few like-minded people together, find a space and an audience, and do it. "
What was the inspiration behind this new show?
The true story of how ancient hunter-gatherers made us the perfect pet is mind-boggling enough, but what I couldn’t help thinking was: who started this evolutionary process and where did they live? Then one day, watching folk walking their dogs in a Yorkshire country park, it all came to me in a flash: it happened right here and they were called Ugg ’n’ Ogg!
What have been the biggest challenges bringing this show to life?
Finding a way to distilling thousands of years of history into an hour’s worth of theatre.
Describe this show in 3 words?
A great story.
How did Theatre Fideri Fidera come about?
After getting sidetracked for nearly 25 years founding and running the arts and entertainment venue Komedia, I and co-founder of Komedia, Marina Kobler, decided to spend more time on our first love, creating theatre by starting a touring company.
Have you always had a passion for theatre?
Yes, from the day aged 9 I got a part in a school production of Robin Hood – I was Little John and am sure I only got the part because I was tall and had a very loud voice.
How much your approach to theatre changed since you started?
I started out as a teenage theatre nerd reading any play I could get hold of. There was very little live theatre going on where I lived and anyway the tickets were far too expensive, so for me at that time, the theatre was words on a page or something to listen to on the radio. Now it is creating my own theatre working alongside performers, designers and musicians.
What has been the best piece of advice you've been given?
“You haven’t got the part!” Which is why I stuck to writing and directing.
Do you have any advice you would offer a fellow theatre maker?
To anyone starting out – get a few like-minded people together, find a space and an audience, and do it.
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from this show?
What a hugely positive impact dogs have had in the story of humanity – something positive in troubled times.