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Fringe 2019: Q&A with Brite Theatre on (Can This Be) Home

Name of your show:

(Can This Be) Home

How would you describe your show in one sentence?

Poetic and musical journey through the personal impact of Brexit so far.

Is this the first time that you are performing at the Fringe?

It is for Kolbrun, she usually doesn’t perform but writes or directs, but as this is a personal story, she felt it was important to perform it herself. Tom has appeared at the Fringe many times, however.

 

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other Festival offerings?

The format, not many shows offer a “straight” gig alongside a spoken word performance where the two stay separated but are thematically linked. Tom is a world class wooden flute player, and it is a rare chance to see him play solo. Theatre audiences tend not to expect that level of quality from live music within shows. It is also a very personal story, but from the audience reaction at previous performances, it seems it resonates with a wide range of people.

The Centre’s Fringe showcase is exploring and reacting to the challenges we face in today’s world by sharing stories in all their forms – what is your show saying?

(Can This Be) Home is exploring what Brexit means to immigrants and remainers, and the impact it has had on all of us. Political decisions have very real personal consequences, and it has shown up a seemingly insurmountable political rift within the UK. We wanted to document the changes happening in real time, which is why we update the show to respond to recent events every time.

How do you #MakeYourFringe itinerary? What’s the show that you don’t want to miss?

It’s a mix of must sees (usually based on artists or companies we know and love) and what happens to be on, looks good and is about to start near us at the time. The best thing about the Fringe is its ability to surprise you. So we plan, but not too much, so that we can be open to the unexpected.

 

(Can This Be) Home

Thu 15 – Mon 19 Aug, 12pm

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