Hello! Tell us about Bodily Functions and Where To Find Them?
Izzy – So, Bodily Functions and Where to Find Them is a new comedy play that I have written for Amplify Theatre (my own company), which is trying to start a discussion about the taboo surrounding our bodies, using comedy and theatre to make it a more accessible topic.
Amplify Theatre I started in 2018 in Norwich, and we’re a small amateur company with an aim to bring young adult voices to the stage and create theatre that shines a light on issues in our society pushed to the side, forgotten or even actively avoided.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
Izzy – To be honest, it just popped into my head one day! I was at the fringe last year and talking to a friend about what would be a funny to play to take up (and that year we were doing a comedy play set in a sex toy shop) and the idea just came to me! I wanted to do a play in a similar vein but about our bodily functions!
Tell us all about your show!
Izzy – Bodily Functions and Where to Find Them follows our central, Bridget Jones-esque narrator as she tells the audience that she wants to talk about our bodies. From poo, periods and vomit to sweat, wee and everything in between. The play follows her through her teen years, making the move to university and to where she is now, and includes everything from awkward teenage crushes, periods and failed interviews.
All based on real stories and experiences, we are sure every audience member will see themselves in parts of the show!
Although mainly told through comedy, the play also tackles some more serious issues such as bulimia. We hope at the end of the show, audiences will have had their funny bone’s tickled and their hearts touched.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Izzy – So many! I love to see comedy-plays and to be surprised on the mile and pick things at random – but I also love so many other types of acts that go up. Whether that’s drama, music or dance. Although, I have to say, Showstoppers! The Improvised Musical is always a must!
Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe.
Izzy – I have co-directed last year and production managed a show the year before. But this is the first time I have written and directed something with my own company!
I think the main advice I’ve had that I found really useful was – don’t take up a show just for the sake of it. I think it’s so important to take up a show you really believe in because it is so much effort to do a show. We are only going up for a week and a half, but I have had to do so much fundraising, organising, writing and everything else in between. That’s a lot of work to do if you are going in half-arsed.
So that’s the advice I would definitely pass on. Do it if you really believe in your show and know you are ready to put all the time in!
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Izzy – I loved Electrolyte last year! It was really emotional and so new and innovative. And like I said, I can’t go to the fringe without watching Showstoppers! Classic.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
Izzy – I actually recently saw a local production that incorporated elements of stand up comedy into a more experimental and abstract play. That was really cool because it came out of nowhere to lighten the mood but still had a point to it and was getting their message across in a different style which I really liked.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Izzy – Have fun with it! It’s simple to say – but when you are out flyering and its raining or cold or whatever else – make the best out of the situation. Have a laugh, hand out soggy flyers – whatever you can do that will crack a smile.
Oh and see lots of shows! Soak up the atmosphere. But also make sure to get to bed at a reasonable time every night – you don’t want to burn out.
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
Izzy – That’s tricky but I think I would go for refillable water bottle, comfy blanket and a raincoat. So you stay hydrated, sleep well and stay dry!
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Izzy – Connect with people. Ask what sort of shows they enjoy, what they are doing today etc. If you actually speak to someone, it’s so much more likely they will come to your show! Failing that, get some funny one liners that describe the show that will catch people’s attention.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Izzy – I honestly couldn’t say! There are so many amazing creatives out there I would love to see my show. Last year my friend saw Ewan McGregor on the Royal Mile so that would be pretty epic!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
You can follow Amplify Theatre on facebook, instagram, twitter and our website.
Facebook – @AmplifyTheatreCompany
Instagram – @amplify_theatre
Twitter – @Amplify_TC
Website – http://www.amplifytheatre.co.uk
And you can follow our show twitter account as well!
Twitter – @Bodily_Fringe
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Izzy – Fun, heartwarming, poo!