It is festival season and last month we were going Excited for Edinburgh Fringe and this month we are going Crazy for Camden Fringe! This month we are talking to acts performing at the festival so you have a strong idea as to what is happening this month in London. Today we talk to Ian to find out all about the show Trans Pennine.

TM programme square v5Name Of Show: Trans Pennine

Time: 9pm

Date:  1st August 

Location: Camden People’s Theatre

 


Hello Ian! Tell us first about Works of Orange?

The Orange Works is a new theatre company we formed to stage the plays I’ve been writing over the last few years.  Originally we worked out of one of the many wonderful little theatres the UK has, but as we wanted to start taking the work beyond there we needed to fly solo.  Orange is also my favourite colour. When I say “favourite” I mean, I’m a tad obsessed with anything Orange, so we had to have a name that encapsulated that a bit…

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?

 

Well, the play is set on a journey from Lancashire to Yorkshire, and there is a famous train route up there called the Trans Pennine Express.  So with our characters travelling Trans Pennine, and one of our characters is trans, it sort of made sense.

 

Tell us a little bit about your style of theatre?

 

It’s fast-paced, it’s funny, but it goes to some deep emotional places.  I like to play with form, and switch between different styles – it’s quite lively.

 

What will your set be about?

 

The play is about a family travelling to scatter their mothers ashes, but none of them liked her.  The journey forces them to confront a past family disagreement, and this in turn leads to one character coming out as transgender.

 

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

 

You!  I’m looking forward to seeing you!  I’m currently still teaching so have end-of-term head on, but once that’s cleared (ON FRIDAY!) I will be doing the diary.

Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

 

This is our first time at the Camden Fringe, and I’m looking forward to it immensely.  We’ve done Edinburgh, but this is our first foray into the other fringe festivals that are out there.

 

Some acts have already tried it and done shows in the environment  but do you think virtual reality has a space to be used in theatre and what other modern technologies do you think could alter the way we interact and watch theatre?

 

I think we need to be creative and open minded and play with stuff. If it works, if it inspires, if it enhances – totally.  Use everything.

 

What have been some of the most unique and different theatre sets you have seen this year and why?

 

I loved Fatherland by Frantic Assembly.  A really stark, brutalist set that just kept on evolving into so many different things, in simple yet utterly imaginative ways.

 

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

We are on Twitter @TransPennPlay or @WorksOfOrange, you can find us on facebook, and online at http://www.the orangeworks.org.uk

 

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

Funny

Emotional

Margarine

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Best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?

 

It’s not as far as Edinburgh so more of our friends can come.

 

What are your pre show rituals?

Hugs.

 

What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?

 

Just do it.  Life is far to short to wonder about if you should.  You should.

 

What are the best venue’s at the fringe?

Don’t know yet.  I’m hoping The Camden People’s Theatre.  In fact, I’m sure it’s the Camden People’s Theatre.

 

What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Madness came from and started there.

It’s very cool

Great food and venues.