“As a group of close friends ourselves, the piece seems much more personal than our previous work and we’re looking forward to the challenge that brings.”
WHO: Hamish Lloyd Barnes, Co-artistic director of Spies Like Us
WHAT: “Sabrina digs up dirt, a hysterical boy looks heavenward and there might be a ghost in the garden. In a city that feels less and less like home, five friends are plunged into a ruthless world of greed, grudges and grooves. Lurching from dodgy pubs to dysfunctional dinners they must figure out who they can trust and how far they’ll go to get what they want. Following a national and international tour, the multi award-winning Spies Like Us return in their explosive physical style with a jet-black comedy for our time. Don’t try this at home.”
WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Beside (Venue 33)
WHEN: 14:15 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
This is our third year at the Ffringe after forming as a company in 2017. In 2017 we brought our debut show – a fast-paced adaptation of Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana, and in 2018 we brought a fresh adaptation of Büchner’s Woyzeck and also revived Our Man in Havana for the final week of the festival.
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
We’ve been lucky enough to tour our shows a bit, taking Woyzeck around the South of the UK to places like London and Bristol. However, the most exciting thing has to be taking Our Man in Havana on our first international tour to Hong Kong in June!
Tell us about your show.
Our show is a brand new tragicomedy called Murder on the Dancefloor, written by Oliver Norton-Smith, and it will premier at the festival this year. Following themes of friends, family and the housing crisis, the show hopes to tackle current themes in our trademark explosive physical style which puts movement at the forefront of the narrative with minimal props – we’re trying to make all the set out of IKEA furniture! As a group of close friends ourselves, the piece seems much more personal than our previous work and we’re looking forward to the challenge that brings. We’re hoping to tour the show after Edinburgh!
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
We met as a company taking part in Young Pleasance, so you’d be silly to miss their show A Grave Situation. Our friends at Incognito Theatre always produce great work – so check out their new show The Burning. Finally, we are massively inspired (as any physical theatre company is) by Complicite, so I’ll Take You To Mrs Cole! Is an absolute must see!
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