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Preview Questionnaire: Titus Andronicus – by Seven Siblings Theatre

25 Oct

titus-promo-thumbnailWith Halloween just around the corner, there is no better time to take in Shakespeare’s first, and most gruesome play; Titus Andronicus. Seven Siblings Theatre obliges with a unique and hefty production that promises to be a highlight of the fall theatre season. We had a chance to chat with director Will King about the upcoming production.

What drew you to Titus Andronicus?

I’m a huge advocate for Horror and Thrillers in the theatre. I think it’s a dynamic and visceral form that is too often left for film to explore and I love creating a palpable feeling of suspense. It’s also a tremendous challenge for the actors. We get to play in a world where the stakes are so high, and the experiences are so out of the ordinary that playing them honestly leads to fulfilling and surprising sensations. It’s always the actor’s job to experience their work for the first time, but it’s especially apparent when you must experience things as large as shock, terror, or fury. These feelings and atmospheres stem from a world that is completely detached from our naturalist day-to-day. It creates a memorable and provocative experience and keeps us on our toes.

Do you feel there are any aspects of the play that mirror today’s society? Why is it still relevant?

I think it mirrors anyone who struggles with loss, particularly in a situation that merits a response. We live in a world that values antiheroes. We champion those who stand up against injustice, but seldom question the lengths they go to balance the scales. Tragedy rarely provides an equivalent exchange, and this is what happens when there’s no one to break that cycle. My central question is “how do you honour the death of a child?” Is there retribution that can fill that hole in your heart? Parenthood is a strong theme in the play and I think that relationship grounds their revenge in something worth playing.

You’ve chosen to incorporate puppetry into this production. Tell me about that choice.

The primary reason was to unlock the use of the supernatural. Fantasy helped define our sub-genre of Horror and clarify what tropes to play with throughout the process. It required a lot of diligence from the creative and technical team, but the world we’ve created helps us manifest the themes and story of the play. We’ve steeped the show in a contemporary Roman Mythology. I’m also adamant that each production we create with Seven Siblings offers a new challenge, and puppetry certainly fits the bill!

The cast of this production is quite large by independent theatre standards. How has that facet of the production shaped the work and your vision?

I think it has been a tremendous asset. This ensemble has offered a lot to one another and the power of having this number of collaborators is continually refreshing. The main reason we have such a high number is because doubling doesn’t work as well when you’re manipulating fear and suspense. In Comedy it doesn’t shatter the world, but there’s certainly a realism that Horror demands so I’ve been very conscious about multiple roles for an actor.

There are a million macabre events this time of year; why should Titus Andronicus be at the top of everyone’s list?

Aesthetically, it’s a beautiful world. The space is mythological realm with a military bunker rammed on top of it. We’ve also saturated the play in a delightful Horror nostalgia. But the center of this piece has always been the story, the text work, and the characters. It’s such an incredible collection of flawed human beings. There are no heroes in this play, but everyone is justified in their actions. Morally, I’ll leave it up to the audience to decide who’s right, but it absolutely fascinating to watch them duel.

 

Titus Andronicus opens this Thursday and runs until November 6th at the Citadel (304 Parliament St). Tickets and details can be found here.

Preview Questionnaire: The Music Man

12 Sep

the-music-man-3-resizedEver wanted to literally step into a classic musical? Theatre lovers will soon have that chance with Talk Is Free Theatre‘s immersive and ambitious production of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, which will transform downtown Barrie, Ontario into the song & dance filled streets of River City, Iowa. With audiences being whisked from one city site to another to witness the whimsical tale amongst unsuspecting local residents, as well as a cast of more than 60, including barbershop quartet and full brass band, this promises to be a production to remember.

We had the pleasure of talking with Talk is Free’s Artistic Producer, Arkady Spivak, who conceived this bold staging:

One of your best known productions is Sondheim’s dark and brooding Assassins. The Music Man, by contrast, far more cheerful and wholesome. What drew you to this piece?

My job is to provide a pertinent platform to the company of artists. I actually think Assassins is easier to produce better than The Music Man. When you assemble a company of classically trained, singing actors of high caliber, you know they will put everything they have into a piece like Assassins for many reasons (great parts, rarely done, always pertinent). We have also done a number of esoteric plays and musicals – Anyone Can Whistle in Concert, Floyd Collins, Sunday in the Park with George, and more accessible but troublesome Napoleon in Concert, Darling of the Day as well as over 20 Canadian musicals from many major established writers. It’s easy to mobilize great talents to do those shows.

Someone dared me to do The Music Man. I thought it a major joke first. How would I invite total commitment from the artists I love? I tried to think of a way to do it that would add something new to what others did before us. And I fell in love with the show I barely tolerated in the past.

The Music Man is often celebrated and lampooned by contemporary pop-culture, including The Simpsons and Family Guy. In your opinion, what is it about this work that keeps it alive when so many other musicals from the same era have faded into obscurity?

Oh it is a good show, damn it. When something is as good and successful it is the first thing to be parodied. Let’s say it’s a good thing.

Tell me about the unique staging of this production. What prompted this idea?

Upon reading the libretto I wondered what the show was about. To me, it’s about transformation – personal and that of an entire community. I soon knew that the way to do that show was actually to transform the community. That, and the fact that most characters are running away from the things they are chasing, made me want to move the audience and the action. And because it celebrated a sense of community – we wanted to involve children, non professional adults and celebrity cameos into the story. All in all, it’s a 60 person show. It’s pretty much an entire city playing a city.

What have the greatest challenges related to this staging been? What have been the most positive surprises or discoveries?

The greatest challenge is the unknown factor for everyone. No two performances will be the same from an aesthetic point of view. When it gets dark, who is on the street, whether it rains (and we have all sorts of contingencies).  As we are performing in a living city, some people walking through the scenes will not know they are in a show.

The biggest challenge is for the cast. Acting is volatile. Singing is even more volatile. Singing around unsuspecting pedestrians, without anything to hide behind makes it even more volatile. You can imagine what kind of brave actors this required. And the creative team have been consistently superb.

The greatest surprise is about how excited people get when they hear singing even though it totally interrupts their work or passage to wherever they need to go. Commercial musicals pay thousands for a chorus like this. We just blatantly use unsuspecting pedestrians.

The size of your cast and creative team is just as notable. Tell me about the experience of working with, and the desired effect of so many “moving parts”.

We were onsite today for the first time. We all found this liberating. No one solves more challenges better than the talented artists. They should be on every corporate board.

You referred to “unsuspecting local residents”. How do you feel the citizens of Barrie will react to this production?

Who doesn’t like to be a star?

If you had to pick a favourite number from the show, what would it be?

I like how we staged and reinterpreted Marion the Librarian especially. It’s sexy and satirical, in equal measure.

Any plans/daydreams to mount other shows in a similar manner and scale?

Here you are, attending my wedding and asking me what my next one will look like.


The Music Man opens this Wednesday, September 14th. Tickets (which are expected to be in high demand) and more info can be found on the Talk is Free website here.

 

Preview Questionnaire: Life Records

19 Aug

tumblr_inline_oaz5x84IRf1re4fig_540Last year, writer, comedian, and story-teller Rhiannon Archer caught the attention of the many with her critically-lauded Fringe show, Life Records; a musical and biographical trip through some of Archer’s most memorable life moments. Good news for those who missed it: Archer, with the support of Pressgang Theatre, is presenting a revamped edition of the show at Bad Dog Theatre. In anticipation of this remount, we had the pleasure of asking Rhiannon a few questions about her show and the themes that inform it.


Tell me a about your show.

Life Records is a comical, heartwarming and honest solo show about the songs that make their way into our life and become the “soundtrack” to our memories. This eclectic show is filled with true stories and the songs that bring them to life. From poetic revenge for a bully to merciful theft – laugh, cry, and reminisce with these classic hits from a silly life.

Do you feel the piece has evolved since your 2015 Fringe Production?

I am not sure if it has evolved but I have. When I did Life Records in the 2015 Fringe, I was 4 months pregnant. So you can imagine I am a changed person. I feel I am more relaxed and less scripted. I have learned to embrace myself and be true to myself. However, I have swapped out some stories because I feel I have more fun telling the new ones.

Why do you feel music plays such an important part of our emotional memories?

It plays an important part because music can affect your mode or tone instantly.  A melody can make you feel something faster than words I feel. And since music is everywhere and sometimes we have no control over it, I feel its a great tool to convey the randomness and silliness of life.

What’s on your playlist right now and how is it reflective of your life?

Ha ha! I really have 2 playlists going. 1) All the music that go along with my 8 month-old’s toys and 2) My son’s night time sleepy music which is Andrew Bird, Chris Bathgate, Wilco, Ella Fitzgerald……. and Raffi.

What’s your #1 guilty pleasure song?

Ugh…… Sorry by Justin Beiber. My sister in law got me hooked and ugh I just love it.


Life Records only runs three nights (August 19th, 20th, and 21st) so catch it while you can! Details are available at www.rhiannonarcher.com.

 

Summerworks Preview: Animal Pharmacy: A Medicine Show

8 Aug

AnimalPharmacy_ShowImage_HighRes-Copy-500x500Your Show: Animal Pharmacy: A Medicine Show

Your Name:  Greg Janssen

Your Role: Writer/Songwriter/Producer

Tell me about your SummerWorks show:

Animal Pharmacy: A Medicine Show is a musical satire of the pharmaceutical industry in the style of an old-time medicine show. It follows snake oil impresario Doc Holiday as he cons wealthy heiress Mildred Milligram into appointing him CEO of her company, RX Pharmaceutical Corporation, in order to unleash his Miracle Cure on a sad and unsuspecting world. Along the way we meet rock star burnout Dean Codeine, a burlesque Nurse, and a mime named Billy. Oh … and hilarity ensues.

Now do it as a Haiku:

What’s a haiku? Just kidding! But seriously … what’s a haiku?

What else are you looking forward to at the festival this year?

Finally sleeping … after it’s done.

The best thing about the Toronto theatre scene?

I’m new to the scene, actually. Up till now I’ve been more of an indie music guy, but everyone I’ve met in the theatre scene so far (mostly the cast, crew, and creative of the show) have been incredibly supportive, nice, and wonderful. So that’s the best thing so far.

The worst thing about the Toronto theatre scene?

No complaints so far.

A Hypothetical: A week before the municipal election, a strange parasite contaminates the Toronto drinking water system, turning the vast majority of citizens into narrow-minded zombie-boobs with a pathological hatred of streetcars, and Rob Ford is shockingly re-elected for another four year term. What is your artistic response?

God help us all if that should happen. Artist response? Pray hard for the rapture. So … maybe write and sing some gospel tunes to help bring it on.

 

Summerworks Preview: romanceship

8 Aug

rsz_hero_dbi_black_beauty_by_wade_hudson_high_res-620x500Your Show: romanceship

Your Name:  Cliff Cardinal

Your Role: Poet

Tell me about your SummerWorks show:

When Dave, the drug and sex addicted fraudster & Madly, the bulimic and klepto chef break up (and get back together) Madly dubiously announces she’s pregnant. Dave careens into Rochelle, the transgender crack addict, and the two begin the most enveloping love affair since cocaine met baking soda.

What else are you looking forward to at the festival this year?

Esther Jun has another show- And Now, The End. I’m gonna check that out.

The best thing about the Toronto theatre scene?

Does Daniel McIvor still live here?

The worst thing about the Toronto theatre scene?

Nothing, you guys are great. Please hire me?

A Hypothetical: A week before the municipal election, a strange parasite contaminates the Toronto drinking water system, turning the vast majority of citizens into narrow-minded zombie-boobs with a pathological hatred of streetcars, and Rob Ford is shockingly re-elected for another four year term. What is your artistic response?

I’m going to kidnap sean dixon and lock him in my basement until he agrees to write a play with me. Have you seen Misery? It’s going to be like that but with more weird sex stuff.

 

Summerworks Preview: SEA FOAM BLUE 3

8 Aug

HERO-WIVES-Photo-6-620x500Your Show: SEA FOAM BLUE 3

Your Name: Leah Fay Goldstein of WIVES

Your Role: Co-creator/performer/real-life mermaid

Tell me about your SummerWorks show:

SEA FOAM BLUE 3 features the live art antics of Toronto/Montreal based ballsy feminist performance threesome WIVES. Task-based actions, some light guided meditation and whimsical DIY lighting techniques (mostly overhead and slide projectors) illuminate a story about loneliness, ocean fetishism, seduction, love and the commodification of women’s bodies. Our lonely-real-life mermaid searches for a mate underwater, on land, at the public swimming pool and in the depths of okCupid, revealing a cast of potential lovers that are at times hilarious and at other times just plain gross. Whatever you’re looking for be it true love, an answer, sexual satisfaction or the meaning of life, SEA FOAM BLUE 3 will rock you into existential peace.

Now do it as a Haiku:

Come see the siren
She is waiting for you here
1-1-1-5 Queen

What else are you looking forward to at the festival this year?

I can’t wait to see Regina of Light Fires in “Do I Have To Do Everything My Fucking Self?” at the Lower Ossington. I play in a band (called “July Talk”) so her and I are always running into each other but have never seen one another perform anything other than plain old rock and roll.

The best thing about the Toronto theatre scene?

Venues and spaces for weird, experimental and interdisciplinary voices like SummerWorks, the Rhubarb Festival, the Theatre Centre and Buddies in Badtimes! And Mill Street sponsorships.

The worst thing about the Toronto theatre scene?

People who piss on toilet seats and don’t laugh when something’s funny.

A Hypothetical: A week before the municipal election, a strange parasite contaminates the Toronto drinking water system, turning the vast majority of citizens into narrow-minded zombie-boobs with a pathological hatred of streetcars, and Rob Ford is shockingly re-elected for another four year term. What is your artistic response?

We’ve talked about this a lot. We’re learning to breath underwater so we can relocate to the bottom of Lake Ontario if such a thing happens. I also have a Rob Ford mask at home so we could always just kidnap the guy and parade around as him. (Have a pride flag to match it.)

 

Summerworks Preview: I Will Tell You Exactly What I Think of You

8 Aug

IWTYEWITOY_ZeesyPowers_300dpi-small-620x500Your Show: I Will Tell You Exactly What I Think of You

Your Name: Zeesy Powers

Your Role: Performer

Tell me about your SummerWorks show:

I will tell you exactly what I think of you in front of a live audience while a remote audience watches on the internet.

Now do it as a Haiku:

You want to know how
You appear to a stranger
Or, someone you know

What else are you looking forward to at the festival this year?

Common Fate, my other production for four dancers.

The best thing about the Toronto theatre scene?

The audience.

The worst thing about the Toronto theatre scene?

How hard it is to find.

A Hypothetical: A week before the municipal election, a strange parasite contaminates the Toronto drinking water system, turning the vast majority of citizens into narrow-minded zombie-boobs with a pathological hatred of streetcars, and Rob Ford is shockingly re-elected for another four year term. What is your artistic response?

A series of reality-TV show pitches to the mayor’s office, including Rob and Justin: Roommates, where Rob Ford and Justin Trudeau share a basement bachelor apartment, and Who Runs This Show?, where Rob Ford and Sarah Thompson get married and run this city Bill and Hilary Clinton-style.

 

Summerworks Preview: Young Drones

8 Aug

9519426951_17ed6d8fd5_o-620x500Your Show: Young Drones

Your Name: Dana Snell

Your Role: Performer

Tell me about your SummerWorks show:

Meet the spectacular new products of military intelligence: two highly advanced drones who will serve and protect mankind (well, protect the oil anyway). Be present at their historic unveiling! Watch while they use their top-of-the line programming to…fall in love? Feel empathy? No, the experiment has gone out of control! The drones must be captured before they escape beyond our reach. Time to search and destroy.

Now do it as a Haiku:

Made to protect oil
We now are learning to love
Man is not ready

What else are you looking forward to at the festival this year?

Weaves Through Time, Do I Have to Do Everything My Fucking Self?

The best thing about the Toronto theatre scene?

Maggie MacDonald

A Hypothetical: A week before the municipal election, a strange parasite contaminates the Toronto drinking water system, turning the vast majority of citizens into narrow-minded zombie-boobs with a pathological hatred of streetcars, and Rob Ford is shockingly re-elected for another four year term. What is your artistic response?

Self-immolation

 

Sketch Fest Preview Questionnaire: 2-Man No-Show

6 Mar

marquee-2-man-no-show-637x329What’s your name and what is the name of your sketch troupe?

Isaac Kessler & Ken Hall ……….. 2-MAN NO-SHOW!

If you had to pitch your act to a Hollywood producer as though it were a movie, your logline would be:

Ken: 2-MAN NO-SHOW – The absurd and unpredictable tale of two underdogs lost in the demands of modern day life but finding salvation and sanctuary in movies, music and friendship.

Isaac: 2-MAN NO-SHOW – Two Men, Two Dreams … One Reality. Take the ride of your life as these two heroes battle surmountable odds and dragons. Also, there will be nudity.

What other troupes or workshops are you looking forward to seeing / attending this festival?

Falcon Powder, David Dineen-Porter, Last Call Cleveland, Peter ‘n Chris

The most common misconception about sketch comedy is:

That it’s easy and anyone can do it. Being funny can be hard work – it’s not as easy as it looks.

You are commissioned to write a sketch about Rob Ford and Justin Bieber trapped on a lifeboat adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What happens?

Justin is terrified of the humongous Ford, because Rob ate Usher and Scooter Braun. Justin keeps him at bay with a large stick. Justin builds a floatation raft and retreats to it, but when he is unable to catch fish, he journeys back to the lifeboat and conditions Rob to take a submissive role by using pie and pussy as a positive reinforcer. Two hundred and twenty-seven days later, they somehow end up on a Mexican beach. Rob Ford disappears into the crack-filled jungle without a glance back. In the hospital, two officials question Justin and he responds by saying “”We’re just friends,” what are you saying. Said “there’s another,” and looked right in my eyes. My first love broke my heart for the first time.” The officials stare blankly at him.

SLOW FADE OUT

 

Sketch Fest Preview Questionnaire: Parker and Seville

6 Mar

parker-sevilleWhat’s your name and what is the name of your sketch troupe?

My name is Dave Barclay, and with Matt Kowall we are Parker & Seville, Toronto’s tallest sketch duo.

If you had to pitch your act to a Hollywood producer as though it were a movie, your logline would be:

Two men run a scam on a Riverboat floating down the Mighty Mississippi, this fall on NBC’s Riverboat Rusedays.

What other troupes or workshops are you looking forward to seeing / attending this festival?

The Riverboat Gamblers, Des Moines’ sexiest Mark Twain impersonators. Also the Kids in the Hall do a live reading of SHOWBOAT! Is SHOWBOAT the one with OL’ MAN RIVER? Because I hope they give that one to Kevin McDonald!

The most common misconception about sketch comedy is:

It’s only performed on riverboats. NOT ANYMORE! GET WITH IT, AMERICA!

You are commissioned to write a sketch about Rob Ford and Justin Bieber trapped on a lifeboat adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What happens?

One of them gets caught in the big paddlewheel, but not the one you’d think! Oh, it says lifeboat.

 

Sketch Fest Preview Questionnaire: Falcon Powder

6 Mar

FalconPowder_CMYK1-637x360What’s your name and what is the name of your sketch troupe?

Jim Annan, Falcon Powder

If you had to pitch your act to a Hollywood producer as though it were a movie, your logline would be:

Everything explodes!

What other troupes or workshops are you looking forward to seeing / attending this festival?

This year is stacked and I don’t know if I’ll get to see all of these but I would love to check out The Templeton Philharmonic, Peter ‘N Chris, NTOW, The Weaker Vessels, Ladystache and The Kids In The Hall reading Brain Candy.

The most common misconception about sketch comedy is:

That it is comprised of short scenes, usually 1 to 7 minutes in length, performed by comedic actors for the stage or screen.

You are commissioned to write a sketch about Rob Ford and Justin Bieber trapped on a lifeboat adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What happens?

Everything explodes!

 

Sketch Fest Preview Questionnaire: Ned and Dave

4 Mar

marquee-ned-and-dave-637x329What’s your name and what is the name of your sketch troupe?

My name is Ned Petrie. I’m a member of Ned & Dave (I’m the Ned half). I also host The Panel Show, a comedy game show featured at TOSketchfest.

If you had to pitch your act to a Hollywood producer as though it were a movie, your logline would be:

All the anarchistic joy of Fried Green Tomatoes combined with the rich pathos of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, & Blonde.

Think Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein meets KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park meets Meet The Fockers meets Meat Loaf: Live At The Palladium.

What other troupes or workshops are you looking forward to seeing / attending this festival?

There are a lot of great troupes in this festival, but I’m most excited to see Last Call Cleveland again. Their work is the Platonic Ideal of what sketch comedy should be – a perfect mix of joy, absurdity, anger, and effort. We’re lucky enough to be sharing the stage with Last Call Cleveland on both their headlining shows and with LCC’s Mike Polk Jr on The Panel Show.

The most common misconception about sketch comedy is:

Since great sketches can feel so spontaneous, many in the audience don’t realize how complex they are. If the pace, rhythm, specificity, or nuance in the staging and performance is off even the slightest amount, it changes the entire tenor. But obviously, if the audience is too aware of the nuts and bolts then it can kill a sketch just as easily. A perfect sketch will feel like nothing is happening even though everything is happening.

I’m a big football fan, and I think there are a lot of parallels between the two in terms of execution. An average fan will look at a great football play and look only at where the ball is, but the players know that the whole play actually hinged on the Left Tackle planting his right foot at the correct angle or the Tight End faking out the Linebacker before the snap. Likewise, a well executed sketch is all about keeping the audiences focus on the ‘ball’ without giving away the hidden engineering behind it. The ball was is ‘the funny’ in this strained analogy, in case that wasn’t clear.

You are commissioned to write a sketch about Rob Ford and Justin Bieber trapped on a lifeboat adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What happens?

The scene takes place at the Coast Guard Rescue Centre, where they argue the merits of doing their duty and saving them versus just letting them drift.

Oh, and one of the Coast Guard guys has a funny voice or something.

 

Sketch Fest Preview Questionnaire: Fratwurst

4 Mar

marquee-fratwurst-637x329What are your names and what is the name of your sketch troupe?

Eric Miinch, Evan Arppe and Josh Murray. Our sketch troupe is Fratwurst.

If you had to pitch your act to a Hollywood producer as though it were a movie, your logline would be:

Everyone’s second favourite sketch troupe is about to make it big, but not big enough that they make any money. We’re like 3 Willy Lomans, but without the suicide.

What other troupes or workshops are you looking forward to seeing / attending this festival?

We’re definitely going to see the Kids in the Hall read Brain Candy, Irrelevant Show and The Slings and Arrows Panel. Charles, Cupid Players, Ladystache, Ned and Dave, She Said What, The Reception, Tony Ho. Too many to list.

The most common misconception about sketch comedy is:

That it is stand up comedy.

That it’s just adults playing make believe.

That it is a profitable venture.

You are commissioned to write a sketch about Rob Ford and Justin Bieber trapped on a lifeboat adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What happens?

Doug saves them before Rob eats Justin. Then Doug and Rob both eat Justin. They blame the lifeboat.

 

Sketch Fest Preview Questionnaire: Jape

3 Mar

jape-637x360What’s your name and what is the name of your sketch troupe?

Eric Turk: Vice-President in charge of dick jokes for Jape

If you had to pitch your act to a Hollywood producer as though it were a movie, your logline would be:

Three Scots-Irishmen and a Jew send up pop culture, the routines of daily life, and obscure early 20th century literature in this marriage of high reference and low brow.

What other troupes or workshops are you looking forward to seeing / attending this festival?

I love Falcon Powder so I’ll be sure to catch their show! Other favourites include Fratwurst, Ladystache, Rulers of the Universe, Templeton Philharmonic, Vest of Friends, the Reception, and this year’s wild card troupe: Bitches Leave. I’m also a big fan of the works of H.P. Lovecraft so if he’s doing a set, I’ll be there.

The most common misconception about sketch comedy is:

There are three.

1. That they are called “skits”. (They are “sketches” or “scenes”)
2. That your great idea for a sketch is actually a great idea for a sketch. (It’s not, dad)
3. It was the cause of the Punic Wars. (It was in fact both the cause of and solution to the Cuban Missile Crisis)

You are commissioned to write a sketch about Rob Ford and Justin Bieber trapped on a lifeboat adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What happens?

Bieber eats Ford.

You unilaterally decide to include your own self-composed question for a survey about sketch comedy without being asked to do so by the website editor. What is that question?

See above.

Interview with Kimberly Persona – Lady Gaga in ‘Of a Monstrous Child’

23 May

Indie theatre notable Alistair Newton (of Ecce Homo Theatre) has been developing what could be aptly described as his treatise on fame for at least a couple of years. Well the gestation period is over and his work, titled Of A Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical is currently on stage at Buddies in Bad Times theatre. At the centre of his theatrical argument is, as you may have guessed, Lady Gaga, the 21st century epitome of fame and eccentricity. Taking on the iconic part is local talent and musical performer, Kimberly Persona. We had a chance to chat with Kim about the work, her role, and the challenges of stepping into the 12 inch spiked shoes of such an imposing character.

 

There are only a few chances left to see this highly intellectual spectacle (which also features standout performers Gavin Crawford and Bruce Dow). Tickets and more info here!