Name Of Show: Trans Pennine
Date: 1st August
Location: Camden People’s Theatre
Hello Ian! Tell us first about Works of Orange?
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?
CAMDEN FRINGE QUICK FIRE ROUND
Best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
It’s not as far as Edinburgh so more of our friends can come.
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.
Don’t know yet. I’m hoping The Camden People’s Theatre. In fact, I’m sure it’s the Camden People’s Theatre.
It’s very cool
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