+3 Interview: Losers

“Edinburgh’s bloomin’ expensive. We’ve finally emptied our piggy banks and taken the plunge.”

WHO: Arthur Jones, Performer

WHAT: “Grab a voting handset, meet four dangerously desperate contestants and decide their formidable fates. It’s the most nail-biting TV game show of the decade and no one’s going down without a fight. Theatrical mischief-makers Tit4Twat bring their critically-acclaimed satire to Edinburgh for the first time. 16+ (stupidity and real violence guaranteed).”

WHERE: Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61) 

WHEN: 23:20 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

As a company – yes. We’ve been performing Losers all over the place for the last 3 years – but Edinburgh’s bloomin’ expensive. We’ve finally emptied our piggy banks and taken the plunge.

Tell us about your show.

We’re bringing Losers to Underbelly Cowgate: a rowdy, late-night and interactive satire about the depths reality TV contestants will go for a ‘big break’. Audience members are armed with electronic voting handsets, and introduced to four performers who’ll do anything (and we mean anything) to win the audience’s affection and avoid getting punished.

We, Tit4Twat Theatre, devised the show together in response to a couple of (now banned) reality shows that took torture and degradation of contestants so far that people very nearly got hurt. Google The Chair and The Chamber to see what we mean. The fact those formats were permitted to air in the first place and (indeed) people signed up to ‘star’ on them troubled us though – so we did a lot of research, and Losers is the result.

Tit4Twat is three Warwick University Theatre graduates (Arthur, Rachel and Sophie), who share a love for creating messy interactive performance. We formed the company soon after graduating, and have spent the last 3 years creating and touring Losers predominantly around London venues (Camden People’s Theatre, Rosemary Branch, Etcetera and Rag Factory) but also further afield (Warwick Arts Centre, Derby Theatre and now Underbelly).

Post-Edinburgh, we’re taking the show back to London – Rich Mix in Shoreditch – to feature in We Are Now Festival, which celebrates performance that utilises emerging and innovative technology. A Spring 2018 tour is then (excitingly) in the pipeline.

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

Barely Methodical Troupe’s Kin. We just re-watched it at Latitude this weekend and it’s SO GOOD. Circus with charm, attitude and a banana.


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