Bedfringe 2021 Interview: The Munch Mission!

“I love Fringe festivals. They are the theatre equivalent of a smorgasbord.”

WHO: Paul Lawless: Actor/Deviser/Producer/Tour Booker/Production Manager

WHAT: “A world famous artwork has gone missing from Oslo National Museum. Work with Agents Kahlo and Dali of the Company of International Artists to solve a fiendishly sneaky art heist. Help them to chase leads, decipher clues and interrogate suspects to retrieve the missing artwork in this globe-trotting adventure. ”

WHERE: Quarry Theatre

WHEN: 24 July 2022 @ 14:00 (60mins)

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Is this your first time to Bedfringe?

Yes it is.

We were recommended to apply by Marina O’Shea who runs Yet To Be. She spoke highly of James and the Bedfringe team. Yet To Be also happen to be included in the Bedfringe line-up this year with their show ‘The Geneva Convention of Human F**cks’ which we recommend (although their show is distinctly not suited to a family audience).

I love Fringe festivals. They are the theatre equivalent of a smorgasbord. I love attending Fringe festivals as a punter. There’s such a buzz and there’s always something for everyone. From an artist’s perspective there’s this collective solidarity between theatre makers. We all know how hard it is to be in this profession. The passion, dedication and output of contemporaries is always inspiring given the hurdles we have to overcome to do what we do.

What are the big things you’ve learned since 2021 and have you absorbed any of the lessons yet?

Brave Bold Drama has been focused on our multi-form project Company of International Artists, which is comprised of a postal subscription service of the same name, two playable family theatre shows, including ‘The Munch Mission’, and in-person workshops which are a fine blend of art-history, craft and songwriting.

We have also been working on a commission from Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to design and create videos for families attending BMAG. The videos respond to the 6 themes of Grayson’s Art Club (family, nature, food, dreams, work, and travel) which is a collection of artwork curated by Grayson which is currently being exhibited there until September. These videos, however, respond to pieces in their permanent exhibition so this work will have legacy despite tying directly into the temporary collection by Grayson Perry.

We also design and facilitate community engagement projects in Hartcliffe and Withywood, an area of multiple deprivation in South Bristol. This work includes a Creative Writing Group for adults, a youth theatre for teenagers and once-monthly fundays at a local community centre through which we host performances and creative workshops for families based in the area.

Tell us about your show.

‘The Munch Mission’ is a playable art-heist adventure theatre show for families featuring quirky, affable Agents Dali & Kahlo from the Company of International Artists. Audience members are ‘in-role’ as newly recruited agents to this top secret global agency which solves artistic mysteries. The audience accompany Dali & Kahlo in their mission to retrieve world-famous artwork stolen from Oslo National Museum, visiting Japan, the Netherlands and England along the way.

As a playable theatre show, at different points throughout the show the audience are asked to vote for different narrative outcomes. This impacts on which characters Dali & Kahlo interview and which countries they visit.

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

We are big fans of Olaf Falafel. I contacted him on Twitter recently to let him know we are also performing at Bedfringe. He has yet to reply, but if you’re reading this Olaf – we’d love for you to attend our show. We think you will really appreciate it.