Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fresh(er) Legs.


Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Rob Ellis
Starring: Fran Burgoyne, Sophie MacKenzie and Jonathan Edward Cobb
Make-up: Beth Crane

Assorted props sourced from: Stephanie Warwick, Dirk Van Dijk, Future Games of London, Kristina Crabbie, Sarah Louise Fowler

Produced by Tessa Hart and the The Bread & Roses Theatre team for The Platform.

Photography by Willow Rosenberg.

One of my favourite things about being a playwright is having work performed by different teams in different places at different times (and in different countries)! This has happened with three shorts of mine and it is a lovely, lovely thing.

Lovely because pretty much all of the productions have been great and also because this is so much a part of what theatre is about - it exists to come to life again and again.

Fresh Legs is a favourite of mine because it is so much fun. It was fun to write, fun to have read out and exceptionally fun to have performed both the first time round and the second time round.

These two are basically my life:


The rush of comedy is so real. It gives a buzz not quite like anything else and these two snappily delivered characters are a joy. 


Also important to Fresh Legs is genre. It's a comedy/horror fairytale that plays with but ultimately works with genre conventions. It's set at a high school at a Halloween dance - it's light but also dark. Interestingly out of over five directors that applied to work with it this time round only one stuck out as "getting it." Genre is a bit unusual in a short play - but it was so weird to read people's pitches that were so wide of the mark.


Anna:   Is that a chainsaw?
Ursula: Is that permanent paralysis.



Anyway, it was great to work with a director that not only "got it" but ran with it - Rob brought some epic Disney magic to this thing.


Suffice to say, to end this gush - this was an absolute pleasure. The prop and general production stress etc was totally worth it.



What a team! 

Thanks to all involved. 

xx

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