“Taking a show to Edinburgh … is a massive leap into the unknown.”
WHO: Pippa Le Grand, Company Manager
WHAT: “‘You stab ‘em, we slab ‘em!’ Beaker is the meticulous owner of an illegal body disposal service in the cellar of his pub. Deeply affected by the recent demise of his cat Paul, Beaker decides to take his own life. But at the crucial moment, he receives one last urgent delivery. Anxious to complete his own “departure”, Beaker is shocked when the bag begins to move…”
WHERE: theSpace on North Bridge – Argyll Theatre (Venue 36)
WHEN: 12:25 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
It’s our first project as a company, and our first time at Edinburgh! I’ve been as a visitor before, and our Technical Manager, Iz, has worked as part of the crew for productions, but this is a new challenge for all of us!
Tell us about your show.
‘Beaker’s Place’ is Only Lucky Dogs’ first show. It’s an original dark comedy, with the concept by writer James Huxtable and director Michael Saliba. We’re exploring the eternally present questions of life and death through the character of Beaker, the meticulous owner of an illegal body disposal service in the cellar of his pub. Deeply affected by the recent demise of his cat Paul, Beaker decides to take his own life. But at the crucial moment, he receives one last urgent delivery. Anxious to complete his own ‘departure’, Beaker is shocked when the bag begins to move…
Only Lucky Dogs was born in early 2018 as a result of wanting to take a show to the Fringe, and the idea for Beaker’s Place really taking hold of all of us! Myself and Aaron, our Publicity Manager, are producing the show along with our graphic designer and producer for the project, Lucy. We’re all students at Sheffield Uni, with lots of experience acting, directing and producing at the uni’s theatre company, SUTCo. Although, taking a show to Edinburgh from this experience is a massive leap into the unknown (to shamelessly steal the 2018 slogan)!
We previewed the opening of the show back in March at Platform Performance Festival, winning their Best in Theatre Award – that was an incredible boost to our confidence in the show! We’ll be doing a full preview in Sheffield in July too, and we’re really looking forward to getting the reactions (and reviews!) from that.
The future of Beaker’s Place depends a lot on the Edinburgh run, really. We think it’s got great potential and would love to take it to other venues and festivals. Only Lucky Dogs will keep unleashing new writing on Sheffield and beyond, regardless of what happens to Beaker’s Place, though!
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
I’m a bit biased, having come from SUTCo (Sheffield University Theatre Company), so you should definitely watch their wonderful play My Mate Dave Died. Brilliant writing, very funny and charming characters. I’m also a fan of Fat Rascal Theatre, having seen their musical ‘Buzz’ last year at Edinburgh and just loved their sense of humour. Definitely an inspiration for the future of Only Lucky Dogs!
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