Exeter Fringe, Bike Shed Theatre

I performed Opposition at the Exeter Fringe last night, at the Bike Shed Theatre

Tonight is the final night before Edinburgh…8pm, Bike Shed Theatre, (01392) 667080

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Hannah in Opposition, photo Eileen Long
Feedback from the playwright Natalie McGrath, hope she doesn’t mind me quoting..

Wow, what a fab show! It’s so good and I would love to see it again. Brilliant show. Funny, radical, provoking, linguistically playful and challenging – all those things

The Bike Shed is a fantastic venue for Exeter and is really starting to make an impact (although it’s very hot!!). The fringe has grown hugely since last year, word needs to keep spreading amongst audiences…

I had a good size audience though last night, about 40…and more coming tonight I think. It’s good practice for me before Edinburgh, especially the audience interaction sections, which felt different, more intimate last night.

It’s only the second time I’ve performed the show so I’m really starting to explore what it means in performance, how that dialogue with the audience changes things. There’s a moment after the economy and the weather section when it shifts into the U.S section with the words

futility fertility infidelity vitality virginity fragility frigidity fidgity frailty fugative

I’m starting to feel the impact of that shift – into George Wallace:

I say segregation today, tomorrow and forever

Bush:

If we do not lead the cause for freedom it will not be led

Reagan:

We have it in our power to begin the world all over again

into Obama:

We have a chance to pursue the world as it should be

then Churchill starts interrupting Obama, asking

What is the worth of all this?

I’m going to write more about it after I’ve had notes from Mark.

Hope to see you tonight, 8pm, Bike Shed Theatre, tickets: (01392) 667080

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