+3 Interview: Scream Phone

“Kerrie (co-writer and performer) is actually Edinburgh born and bred, so it’s great to descend on her parents’ house when we are in desperate need of some vegetables and cuppa!”

WHO: Natasha Granger: Performer

WHAT: “After the success of 2 Become 1, Swipe Right present their deliciously dark musical Scream Phone – directed by Pappy’s Tom Parry! The girls are having a sleepover and you’re like, totally invited! Pillow fights in their underwear, singing into hairbrushes, and gossiping about their crushes, what could possibly go wrong? As long as they don’t answer the oversized pink phone… dun dun duuun! Based on the retro game Dream Phone, they’ll take you on a killer journey back to the 80s with an infectious original soundtrack. Scream meets Clueless in this hilarious spoof horror musical!”

WHERE: Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose – Doonstairs (Venue 24) 

WHEN: 17:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is actually our fourth time as a company up in Edinburgh, we came up three years in a row with our 90’s pop musical ‘2 Become 1’! Although after a year off the fringe and bringing up our new show ‘Scream Phone’ this time around, those fringe nerves are definitely starting to kick in!

Kerrie (co-writer and performer) is actually Edinburgh born and bred, so it’s great to descend on her parents’ house when we are in desperate need of some vegetables and cuppa!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

Well, we’ve only gone and written a brand new show for you all! And yes, it did take us a year. After ‘2 Become 1’ we were scared we might be one trick ponies, but it has been amazing to have the time to develop our new show, and we have had so much fun performing it in our previews and can’t wait to see what EdFringe audiences think of it!

Tell us about your show.

Scream Phone is written by me (Natasha Granger) and Kerrie Thomason. We met studying Musical Theatre at university, and one year whilst up at the fringe we had the idea for our first show together, and so Swipe Right Theatre was born (Yes we were both on Tinder at the time).

‘Scream Phone’ all came about from one night when we were staying in my childhood room in Brighton, drinking wine, and playing my favourite game as a kid; Dream Phone. For those who don’t know the game, its basically like Cluedo, but instead of the lead piping there’s a giant pink phone, and instead of a murderer you’re working our who is your crush, it is BRILLIANT!

For ‘Scream Phone’ we have the amazing Tom Parry (Pappy’s comedy) directing and he has really helped bring our crazy ideas to life! We premiered the show at VAULT Festival and Brighton Fringe and we’re in the middle of planning an Autumn tour.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

We have so many recommendations! First, of our director Tom Parry is bringing his hilarious show ‘Parryoke’ up, we’ve seen it and it is just incredible, plus it also has 80’s tunes in!

Elle Dillon-Reams is bringing her fearless one-woman show ‘HoneyBee’, Kate Tempest meets Fleabag? Err… YES PLEASE! We saw this at Wandsworth Fringe and it was so inspiring and moving!

Jim Campbell is bringing his very funny show ‘Beef’ up, and it’s Kerrie’s adorable puppy on the poster so it’s a winner for us!

We’re also very excited to see our friends Everybody’s Story productions who are bringing their very first show to Edinburgh ‘Tea with Milk’!

Lastly ‘Drowning’ by Jessica Ross, we love true crime so this show looks just brilliant. They have also been amazing supporters of female-led theatre coming up to the fringe!