“I’ve pretty much grown up on fringe theatre.”
WHO: Madelaine Gray
WHAT: “A new play about consent within a relationship. A young couple at university have fallen in love. They listen to each other. They respect each other. But everything changes after a drunken evening with their friends. On this night, when he takes off her underwear and his boxers, she says, ‘No’. But he doesn’t stop. She struggles to assimilate the rape for what it was, because how could it be rape? He loves her. He couldn’t have done that. Endless Second explores how two people deal with a trauma that fundamentally alters the nature of their relationship.”
WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Below (Venue 33)
WHEN: 15:10 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
I have family in Edinburgh so I’ve pretty much grown up on fringe theatre. Endless Second will be show eight for me, so by now I really should know my way around! I’m looking forward to long hours in dark, damp rooms with lukewarm pints and I’m ready to be rejected on the mile many, many times.
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
Biggest thing? Well, I’m quite an excitable person so even finding reduced red pepper hummus in my local corner shop was a massive deal for me. Oh, and I graduated from my MA and got to shake Grayson Perry’s hand.
Tell us about your show.
Endless Second is a two-hander about consent within a relationship, written by Theo Toksvig-Stewart and produced by Cut the Cord Theatre which is run by Camilla Gurtler. We premiered at Theatre503 back in January which gave us time to work on the text and bring it back tighter and better to 503 for our Edinburgh previews. The future? Who knows… We plan to take the play to schools and universities alongside our consent workshops for young people. We’d love for this show to have a long life either in London or around the country as we feel the theme and messages are relevant and timely to so many people.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
You should definitely check out our sister show I Run, at Pleasance Below (13:55). It’s on directly before us… intense theatrical double bill anyone?
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