Swindon Fringe Festival Friday blog…who’s in the spotlight today?…
9 weeks to go until we will open on the 1st of April at STEAM, celebrating 175 years of Swindon and kicking off the 4th Annual Swindon Fringe Festival. To find out more details, click here: https://madamrenards.wordpress.com/swindon-fringe/
There are no booking fees for any Swindon Fringe Festival Tickets! So what are you waiting for?
Every ticket buys you an evening’s entertainment; you will be treated to two acts in one venue.
If you book in advance standard tickets are £10 each (£12 on the door), £5 for students
Book now at https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/whatson-april2016 or at the Wyvern Box Office 01793 524481.
In The Spotlight
Saturday 2nd April, 7pm
The Platform, Faringdon Road
Daughters of the Monstrous Regiment by Rapscallion Theatre Company
Rapscallion presents Daughters of the Monstrous Regiment, three fast-paced comedies about women who upset the Establishment.
Behn and Gone: England’s first female playwright. Who could forget her? Almost everyone it seems. Can Gemma, a Clowning Skills student come to her rescue?
Love and Pleasure: It’s the day of Mata Hari’s execution. How’s she got into this mess?
Dawn of the Silent Spring: Rachel Carson took on the agro-chemical industry and changed the world.
“The small cast perform with flair, energy and great comic timing” – Bath Chronicle
(ab) solution by Jackrill Theatre Company
Three brothers go to confession, each admitting a sin against the same woman. Michael, the eldest, is a family man and secret sex addict; the middle brother, Alec, is a mummy’s boy confused about his sexuality; the youngest, Ryan, is a rebel who has anger issues and a drug dependency. Michael and Ryan add fuel to the existing sibling rivalry when Alec introduces the free-spirited Fiona as his girlfriend, with dire consequences. Secrets are revealed and family loyalty is tested in this drama about lust, religious guilt, jealousy and deceit.
Who are they?
Carolyn Csonka, director of 2 year old Rapscallion Theatre Company is bringing a performance comprising 3 individual plays to the Swindon Fringe Festival. Daughters of the Monstrous Regiment is a fast paced new writing piece that will bring some incredible talent to The Platform. This triple bill of 1-act short plays will see 4 actors from Wiltshire playing over 30 characters in just 70 minutes.
Longstanding Swindon theatre enthusiasts Stu Jackson and Helen Ackrill have finally merged to form the Jackrill Theatre Company with an aim to create fun, versatile and challenging productions. (ab) solution will be their first performance and it promises to be dramatic, shocking and emotional.
What’s special about them?
Daughters of the Monstrous Regiment is about three remarkable women who have shocked, scandalised and upset the Establishment. One has been overlooked, another vilified and the third discredited. The 3 acts have each been written by local female playwrights. With rave reviews from their opening in Bath, this group are coming to Swindon with a performance that will have you giggling through the interval.
We then switch to a more dramatic tone with (ab) solution. This performance is portrayed from the inside of a confessional booth. With a variety of themes: family, sex, drugs, secrets and religion. We find out how three brothers lives are torn apart by one woman. This enthralling drama will have you on the edge of your seats and emotions.
So there it is, the 2nd of April is all about the rule of threes. 3 women. 3 brothers. 3 local playwrights. 3 dark confessions. We have got a great night in store with top notch comedy followed by dark gritty drama. Almost like watching BBC 3 from 7pm – 10pm
What they had to say…
Describe your company in 3 words:
RTC: Fast. Funny. Irreverent.
What kind of audiences do you appeal to?
JTC: Those that enjoy darker dramas that explore adult themes.
I would be happy if my performance at the Swindon Fringe Festival…
RTC: Makes people laugh
JTC: Makes just one person appreciate the family in their lives that they perhaps aren’t close to at present.
If your show was a superhero, who would it be?
RTC: Squirrel Girl
JTC: The Punisher – dark, gritty, brutal
Who inspires your work?
RTC: The many creative theatre companies in this area.
What will the public like about your performance?
JTC: It is very thought provoking, and people will connect with the characters on an emotional level
If you would like to see these two great performances on Saturday 2nd April, book your tickets here: https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=4AB77F3A-5248-49FD-BEF5-2151631149F4