+3 Interview: We Are Ian

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“We make a massive song and dance of the mundane – a messy, multimedia mish-mash of clowning, dance routines and bad lip-syncing.”

WHO: Torran McEwan – Producer

WHAT: “1989. Manchester. A frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. Illegal raves. Acid parties. Just jumping up and down in a field and throwing two fingers to Thatcher… Remember it? Because we don’t. We weren’t even born. But Ian was. And Ian does remember. We’ve got fuck all now (Ian tells us). So, we’re going back to 1989. We’re gonna neck a brown biscuit. We’re gonna get off our peanuts. We’re gonna bounce around like idiots. And Ian’s going to show us how. We’re mad fer it. And you will be too. Let’s party.”

WHERE: Pleasance Dome (Venue 23)

WHEN: 23:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

We’re a new company, and this is the first show we’ve ever presented at the Fringe Festival. But we’ve all worked at the Fringe before, from basically running a press office to being a venue supervisor, so we’ve got a few stories we could tell! But we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to show We Are Ian to the denizens of Edinburgh and all it’s visitors.

Tell us about your show.

We Are Ian is devised from our mate Ian’s stories about being part of the illegal rave scene in 1989. It came about because Ian asked us to make a piece about him. He wanted an epic twelve part drama with an eleven year old boy playing him. We vetoed that plan. After sitting down with Ian and having a series of conversations over a couple of pints, the show emerged. It was then developed with support from the Bike Shed Theatre graduate residency scheme and Pleasance Theatre.

Our company is called In Bed With My Brother. We are three performance makers and three best friends who met at the University of Exeter. We use real-life stories. Either our own, or our mates’. There are no witty one-liners, and we’ve thrown away the kitchen sink. We make a massive song and dance of the mundane – a messy, multimedia mish-mash of clowning, dance routines and bad lip-syncing. We don’t use scripts. We’re not always sure exactly what it is we do… We’re just glad the threesome wasn’t just a one night stand.

We premiered We Are Ian at the Plymouth Fringe Festival, Pleasance Islington, Latitude Festival, and the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, before finally making our way up north.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

We would totally recommend catching Nel by our fellow devon-based company Scratchworks. It blew our minds. It’s about Nel, a brilliant, but friendless, foley artist. Through an amazing mix of live music, onstage foley, and physical comedy, Scratchworks create a touching story about being an introvert. It’s on at the 10 Dome, Pleasance dome at 3pm between the 3rd and the 29th of August. Don’t miss it!


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