To find out more about Festival 47 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Fall Of Duty, which plays Festival 47 from 15 July 2017 at 17:00. I caught up with writer and actor Alison Child:
Describe your show in three words.
2017, 1917, Parallels.
Tell us a bit more about your theatre company.
Behind The Lines was set up by Ali Child and Rosie Wakley in 2014 to put lesbians centre stage and tell their stories. This show marks a slight departure from that goal by focussing on Jack, a straight, cis gendered, young white, school drop out who has a difficult relationship with his mother, Sue, a newly out lesbian and university lecturer.
Since 2014 we have been nominated for three Brighton Fringe Awards for our work, which has toured throughout the UK and to Greece, supported by the Arts Council. All our shows so far have been written by Alison Child, a graduate of the Royal Court Playwriting Scheme. In August 2017 we’ll be returning to Edinburgh with Fall of Duty and Deep in the Heart of Me – a lesbian ‘Shirley Valentine’ story with songs form the rat pack repertoire. We hope to visit Adelaide Fringe in March 2018.
Is this your first time at the King’s Head?
In 2015 we brought our show All The Nice Girls to Festival 45 at the King’s Head. We loved performing in this iconic venue.
Who else in the festival programme are you most excited about?
Keen to see Wet Bread as it was big success at Brighton Fringe and is very topical.
What is your inspiration to continue making theatre?
We’re inspired by the goal of being visible older queer artists making work for everyone.
What are the future plans for your show?
We’re taking Fall of Duty to Edinburgh in August, performing it on alternate days in repertoire with Deep in the Heart of Me. We’d like to take Fall of Duty to Grahamstown Fringe in May 2018.
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
Kate Tempest at Brighton Fringe and also Kneehigh’s revival of their production of Tristan and Isolde.
Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show?
Actor Harry Child was formerly in The Sound of Music, Oliver! and Love Never Dies in the West End.
Writer: Alison Child
Director: Rosie Wakley
Producer: Behind The Lines
Music: Louie Webb
Lighting: Katie Brecht
Cast: Alison Child, Harry Child
Fall Of Duty plays King’s Head Theatre as part of Festival 47 from 15 – 16 July 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.