+3 Interview: The Hero Who Overslept

“This original material arose out of a friendship discovered on a sustainability course in Devon.”

WHO: Stephen Peake and Philip Woodford, Writers and Performers

WHAT: “Here’s a heartfelt invitation to experience a never-before-seen mix of climate science, psychology and surrealist dance in which we attempt to remake ourselves just in time for a remaking of the world. The sleepy hero in all of us might be dozing, but this is a show with a wake-up call to begin a new love affair with our long-neglected earth. Join us on our quest to awaken sleeping heroes everywhere, in a performance that will playfully stretch what’s possible in an hour but could be many lifetimes in the living. We had better hope so!”

WHERE: Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre (Venue 76)

WHEN: 13:15 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Yes.

Tell us about your show.

It’s a heartfelt invitation to experience a never-before-seen eclectic mix of climate science, psychology and surreal dance which playfully challenges our indifference/neglect of the planet.

The company and the production came together out of a shared concern for the future of the planet. This original material arose out of a friendship discovered on a sustainability course in Devon, where we made a promise to create a piece of activist arts-based theatre to inspire others to play a part in our response to the environmental crisis.

Fringe 17 was the premier for the production. We hope to take it back into some of the geographical (e.g. South West, London, Cambridge) as well as functional communities (e.g. @embercoombe) that have helped inspire us.

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

There are some particularly brave theatre shows tackling taboo subjects which I’d say is the role of theatre but this sometimes means that they don’t gather the audiences they deserve. In spite of their subjects, they all provide superb performances with strong life affirming themes reminding us what it is that we need to appreciate. The shows are B*easts, My Real Life, The Descent, and Mission Abort.


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