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FOURPLAY a conceptual theatre festival
INTERVIEW with Alice Selwyn Brace, one of the curators of the theatre & art collective FOURPLAY about upcoming 2017 edition TIDE.
WHEN : 21 & 22nd APRIL 2017 ( 3 sessions, DINNER AND FOURPLAY on Friday, FOURPLAY IN THE AFTERNOON on Saturday afternoon, and THE CLIMAX on Saturday night )
WHERE: Fourplay will be held at a secret location in Aubervilliers, north of Paris.
THE PLAYS: Elevator by Cecilia Lompart, about a couple who have just broken up
and as they say their final farewells, they get stuck in a lift together for twelve hours and hilarity ensues. 'Washed up' by Nia Cason and Stacey Legendre about a guy who is so unlikeable that even the dead bodies in the morgue he works in don't want to be friends with him). 'Cold War' by Stuart Richardson, a play about two soldiers on border control from opposing sides who form an unlikely relationship. It all begins with a sneeze. The penal clause' a hipohopera about a secret society whose secret rituals have been exposed, a comedy by Mark Harris and Michelle Lynch.
MUSIC: music is the festival's medium and has a diverse lineup
PRODUCERS : Alice Selwyn Brace & Chris Newens
BIO: (not BO) Alice Selwyn Brace and Chris Newens have been a part of the English language
theatre scene in Paris for several years. Between them they have written, directed, acted in and
produced over thirty shows and counting. When they're not buzzing around the stage, Alice is a
freelance editor for various international publications, and Chris, an award-winning writer.
QUESTION TIME FOLKS
It's the 13th of April 2017 and we're on a little péniche on the Seine in the 19th arrondissement, where the atmosphere is rife with romantic undertones and obvious frivolities, a glass of wine in hand, or rather a pitcher... we begin and the mood ripens as we discuss the upcoming festival.
Wedgie Team: How did you get the idea for the festival in the first place ?
A.S.B: Chris Newens ( the other organiser of the festival ) and I were in Bologna chilling, having bolognese obviously. We worked for another English theatre festival before "The Montmartre Dionysia", and it had fallen through..probably because people couldn't remember the name of it or pronounce it for that matter. So we wanted to start our own thing. Chris believes that he came up with the name Fourplay, but as he's not here... in fact I came up with it and then we just scratched out some ideas on a napkin.
Wedgie Team: When did it start ?
A.S.B: We got the idea in the summer 2015 and the first one happened in December 2015. I feel like I should have brushed up on my Fourplay notes.
Wedgie Team: Don't worry, I'm very excited already.
* (Editor's note: This Wedgie Team member can get excited by the sight of a used teabag, her opinion is nothing to go on, but in this case she was right. A rare moment of enlightenment.)
Wedgie Team: What's the aim of the festival ?
A.S.B: To create a community not just for the actor world of Paris but all artists. The upcoming festival is with musicians, and the previous one was with fine artists. The aim is to bring together all artistic backgrounds. At the festival, the actors will meet directors, writers, musicians, costume designers...
Wedgie Team: What's the line up this year ?
A.S.B: Music is our medium this year, and we have four pieces from very different musicians. Two electro pieces by French musicians, one a bit jazzy (Jonathan Aréna) and the other more experimental (Alexis Cordier), a violin piece by an Italian artist, Emma Grace and a piano piece by an American composer,Jerry Edwin Fenn. Every play uses all the recordings but not always in their entirety. There are four shows by three American playwrights and one British collective.
The penal clause' is a hipohopera by Mark Harris and Michelle Lynch about a secret society whose secret rituals have been exposed, it's a good comedy.
Then we've got 'Washed up' by Nia Cason and Stacey Legendre about a guy who is so unlikeable that even the dead bodies in the morgue he works in don't want to be friends with him).
There's ' Elevator' by Cecilia Lompart, her play is about a couple who have just broken up
and as they say their final farewells, they get stuck in a lift together for twelve hours and hilarity ensues.
The last one is by Stuart Richardson, an American, it's an American takeover ! (Good thing Nia's representing the UK), it's a play about two soldiers on border control from opposing sides who form an unlikely relationship. It all begins with a sneeze. It's called ' Cold war '. (snarf) All four plays will be performed at the three different events.
Wedgie Team: When is it and where ?
A.S.B: It's on the 21st and 22nd of April, Friday night, doors at 7pm and there's a dinner. Saturday afternoon at 1pm followed by a discussion with the artists, and Saturday night, doors 7pm, by a parteaa! It's in Aubervilliers, you can tickets via the website as it's in a private venue.
Wedgie Team: What's the venue like ?
A.S.B: It's in an ex paper factory which has been converted and is now lived in by inspiring people, circus types, actors, musicians.. This venue creates a personal setting in which hopefully everyone feels welcome.
Wedgie Team: Funny moments during the run up of the festival ?
A.S.B: I don't...............( long pause) from mine and Chris' perspective, it's quite stressful , but that's because were producing the festival rather than directing it, from announcing to showtime, it's a lot of running around, rehearsals are fun though.
Wedgie Team: Any words to sum up the festival for our lazier readers ?
*( Editor's note: 'Lazier readers', how simply dare you?)
A.S.B: I feel like there should be four words, in keeping with the theme.. (giggles)
New, ambitious, different and .. If I say fun is that a bit lame? fun, brackets, please come !
Wedgie Team: What's so special about this festival ?
A.S.B : The plays last 20 minutes but this was already the case with the "Montmartre Dionysias" festival. Well, the inclusion of all artistic disciplines, everything from graphic designers for the posters, all the artwork is done by professional artists, there are so many people involved yet it's very intimate, like an orgy.
Wedgie Team: Luvly.
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