Swindon Fringe Festival blog: Spotlight on…
Welcome to the start of the Swindon Fringe Festival Friday blog. No doubt you will have already had a sneak peek at the programme we have in store for you from 1st – 10th April. If not, click here: https://madamrenards.wordpress.com/swindon-fringe/
And you’ll be pleased to hear that all tickets are now available online at https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/whatson-april2016 or at the Wyvern Box Office 01793 524481. If you can’t decide what to watch this year, we’re selling £50 Platinum tickets which will give you entry to every show.
Swindon Fringe Festival opens in 10 weeks and each week we’re going to be asking our performers interesting and silly questions. Gather round for some fun tid-bits and get to know who will be entertaining you from 1st – 10th April.
In The Spotlight
Thursday 7th April, 7pm
Phoenix Theatre, New College Swindon
Mysteries From The Past But Now… by Fire Donkey Productions
Disgruntled radio presenters Liam McKenna and Polly Preston bring their late-night mystery-solving radio show to the stage. Armed with a stolen fax machine, a wealth of semi-researched conspiracies, and with help from Hollywood movie star Nicolas Cage, they attempt to answer the greatest mysteries of all time (featuring Loch Ness, ghosts, a live chimp and a cannibalistic banana).
Abnormality Does Not Exist by Himmeltheater
It’s not your fault they said.
What is considered normal? What is not?
Who can judge…
A path through visions and feelings will bring you straight to the Doc’s hospital, where sensitive souls are telling their stories…
Are you feeling depressed? Come inside…Doc will find you a peaceful remedy just for you. ..
Who are they?
Liam and Polly are co-writers and performers with Fire Donkey Productions. Their company was formed at university while they presented a live cult radio show called Tales of Fire Donkey who was a loveable psychotic flaming supervillain. Mysteries From The Past But Now… has been to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015
Italian born, Mary and her brother created Himmeltheater while living in Germany. They push the boundaries of delicate and powerfully angry performances and are performing a UK premier of their Toto award winning show Abnormality Does Not Exist
What’s special about them?
Both companies are performing in very diverse styles and stories from each other but they share their creativity in Home-Made Props. Something most Fringe theatre companies will agree with is that finding the money to create a full scale performance can be near impossible. But with a little inventiveness, you can build something exceptional and exciting that helps to aid your storytelling.
Mysteries From The Past But Now…have got an incredible props list! Everything ranging from the Loch Ness Monster to Bananas is hand-made by Liam and Polly. This absurdist comedy is one not to miss.
Abnormality Does Not Exist deals with a more sensitive setting and Mary’s hand-made masks exquisitely set the tone for each character portrayed. Her show takes us through a psychiatric hospital in a tragi-comic way. Characters will share their passions, fights and struggles leaving you to judge who is deemed normal and who is not.
What they had to say…
Describe your company in 3 words:
FDP: Trial and Error
What kind of audiences do you appeal to?
FDP: Fans of surreal alternative comedy. We’re talking Mighty Boosh, Vic and Bob, Paul Currie etc.
HT: Everyone who is happy to share this wonderful art. Theatre is a gift.
If your show was a superhero, who would it be?
FDP: Spiderman when Peter Parker gets injected with venom and goes round being all cool and wearing sunglasses.
What’s your show’s selling point?
FDP: Probably the chimp. Everyone loves the chimp.
HT: My Brother’s monologue.
Describe your show in 3 words:
HT: White. Brave. Souls.
What was your first starring role?
HT: Helen in Bullets over Broadway by Woody Allen
FDP: Polly – Maria in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Liam – I played in a nursery school rendition of Noah’s Ark. Some might say Noah is the star of that particular Biblical epic but we all know it was really hedgehog number 2.
If you would like to see these two great performances on the Thursday 7th April, book your tickets here: https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=DD17381E-403A-4DE7-9B8C-A2AC500DD16D
Love to all
Molly Campbell: Swindon Fringe Festival