+3 Interview: Spoon-Feeders

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“Each year we take an original piece of writing to the Fringe.”

WHO: Chloe Burton – Production Manager

WHAT: “Spoon-Feeders follows the daily lives of four actors working for STN News; exploring the interaction between the worlds of information and entertainment. Max, Tibby, Jons and Felicity all have their own dramatic aspirations but Felicity, quashed by the others, has to satisfy herself with office work. When Stephen, an aspiring actor and recent graduate accepts a job at the office, Tibby and Jons feel their positions are threatened. The prospect of a career-making scoop beckons and claws are sharpened. As each party vies for supremacy, a question emerges: What does it really mean to control something?”

WHERE: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53)

WHEN: 20:30 (40 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is not our company’s first time in Edinburgh, previous members of NUTS have taken shows to the Fringe for years, most recently If Only Diana Were Queer (2015) at Greenside and Big Brother: Blitzkrieg (2014) at theSpaceUK; the venue we return to this year.

Our production team have been in shows and have worked at some fringe venues before but for all our actors this will be their first time acting at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Tell us about your show.

Spoon-Feeders was written by Patrick Watson, a member of our company. We are Newcastle University Theatre Society and we are one of the largest and most successful student theatre societies in the country and one of the oldest societies at Newcastle University. Students from all over the university come together each year to showcase their talents in the form of 10 plays, 2 musicals and 6 student written plays and each year we take an original piece of writing to the Fringe.

We premiered Spoon-Feeders at our Drama Festival in June showcasing 6 student written plays from Newcastle and 1 from Durham University. Since then the show has developed, grown, been rewritten and recast and comes to the show with a new director, Lucy Sherratt, production manager Chloe Burton and show producer Thomas Edney.

We don’t have any plans to tour after Fringe but the writer is keen to develop and keep changing the show based on feedback during our run up here in Edinburgh.

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

Our cast and crew saw a fantastically self-aware, self-deprecating and very funny (also student written) performance by Manchester University Drama Society called Novel Experiments In Living. The characters in the play slowly discover that they are indeed characters, not real as they thought, and they try to take control of their own ‘script.’


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