To find out more about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Red Button, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 14 – 19 August 2017. I caught up with director Fumi Gomez:
Describe your show in three words.
Fresh. Insightful. Hilarious.
Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?
It’s our first Edinburgh Fringe performance. It feels like we’re on caffeine all day! We had a really successful run last year and a very positive reaction from the audience with Red Button in London. We managed to merge usual theatre-goers and sci-fi lovers and a diverse and international audience.
Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?
We want to see as many shows as possible! We’ll surely go see the Italian stand up comedian Luca Cupani show It’s Me!. Anything that’s science fiction, political, or socially involved, good comedy, and fresh, thought provoking shows. In any case, we’re most interested in new writing.
How do you feel to be performing at theSpace?
We’re at the heart of the Fringe! We’re at theSpace, North Bridge. The staff has been incredibly helpful and supportive so far; even more reasons to be excited about this.
Who or what are your inspirations?
The best source of inspiration is real life. Politics, people you know, the real stories that happen to real people. Those are the fuel for every story we tell, no matter how we twist them, and how much we push the envelope. At the end of the day, even when making science fiction, our job as theatre makers is to give a unique point of view about the world around us. The audience’s response to our work is always energising, and motivates us to keep on creating more shows. We also have the privilege of working with a group of immensely talented people, who get where we are coming from, and who are willing to give their best to make our stories come to life. We have a lot of fun. Rehearsals are like a jam session between people constantly on a sugar high, without ever crashing. We can’t conceive making theatre without having fun
What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?
Patience, persistence, passion and oblivion. We’re addicted to the fringe. Where there is lack of funds there is loads of creativity.
What are the future plans for your show?
Red Button is ready to tour. We’d love to be established as the go-to company for new writing and science fiction, expanding our network of theatre and film makers who share the same passion. We’re currently trying to create a platform to work with more like-minded creatives. To make more shows, bring a wider, diverse and unrepresented audience into the theatre
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch directed by Katie Mitchell.
Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?
Red Button stands as a political and social satire. It uses the language of science fiction to take a look at issues that are present in contemporary society. The play tackles subjects such as gender dynamics, immigration, and politics. Focusing on these issues in a futuristic society, helps the audience understand how they appear in the world around us. Blending live music and physical comedy, that perspective emerges under a more attractive and interesting light.
Whatever happens, we can guarantee you will definitely be entertained for a full 60 minutes! Come and join our universe of flying cities and cloned kittens!
Writer: Juan Echenique
Director: Fumi Gomez
Producer: Horatio Theatre
Cast: Mia Foo; Yasmine Holness-Dove; Benjamin Cawley; Juan Echenique
Red Button plays theSpace on North Bridge as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 14 – 19 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.