FUSE Festival: Interview with Dollybox

Over the next few weeks we will be be catching up with the participants of FUSE Festival and finding out a bit more about them and their work! Next up on the hot-seat is Dollybox - who will be performing their new work-in-progress 'COPYRIGHT'...

Q1. In 3 words describe your theatre company:

Visual, political, feminist.

Q2. How did you meet?

We met when we were both at Rose Bruford College.

Q3. What was your inspiration for creating this piece of theatre?

Understanding (challenging, and redefining) female identity is a popular and important movement today, and we want to delve into the conversations that are happening surrounding this and contribute to its growing momentum.

Q4. Can you tell us a bit about your creative process?

We have been circulating four research questions over social media. We have been taking the answers and devising material as a response to the stories and definitions that have been shared.

Q5. What is your show about?

‘COPYRIGHT’ is a show that looks at female identity from the perspectives of social rights, ownership and body image. The show is a devised response to public commentary surrounding these topics.

Q6. Who should come see your show and why?

It would be great to have people see the show who feel they don’t understand female identity, or if they feel ‘put off’ by seeing a show created by feminists! Of course, everybody should see it (!) as any support is invaluable, but we would like to take the message of our piece outside of what can easily become an echo chamber.

Q7. What was it about FUSE that made you want to take part?

We have been talking about working together for a couple of years and when Natalie saw the opportunity pop up on Facebook, she saw it as a sign that we should take the leap of faith! Having the opportunity to work with other emerging theatre companies and performers seemed the ideal platform to set our wheels in motion.

Q8. Any words of wisdom for those considering creating their own theatre?

Create your own theatre! It is easy to spend time thinking one day you’ll do it. Now is a good time. Apply for next year’s FUSE Festival. It has given us the boost we needed to plant the seed for our professional futures.

Q9. What do you hope to do next?

Carry on developing ‘COPYRIGHT’. Try and get it into other venues and see what happens!

Q10. Where can people find out more about your work?

You can find us on Facebook @dollyboxtheatreUK and Twitter @DollyboxTheatre.

'COPYRIGHT' will be performed at the Shoebox Theatre as part of FUSE Festival on Saturday 7th July at 6.30pm. Find out more at www.fusefestival.co.uk

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