New show developed in Norwich combines hints of fairytale and dark comedy

Norwich-based theatre company The Sun Apparatus, including(l to r) Sarah Kenney, Dana Etgar, Katheri

Norwich-based theatre company The Sun Apparatus, including(l to r) Sarah Kenney, Dana Etgar, Katherine Vince and Justina KaminskaitÄ— rehearse a new show called The Me at The Garage.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A group of performers who developed their latest show in Norwich are preparing to take it to Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Norwich-based theatre company The Sun Apparatus, including Katherine Vince(in pink) and Dana Etgar r

Norwich-based theatre company The Sun Apparatus, including Katherine Vince(in pink) and Dana Etgar rehearse a new show called The Me at The Garage.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

The Sun Apparatus Theatre Company will present The Me at Norwich performance venue The Garage on Friday and Saturday before taking the production to the Scottish capital from August 5 to 28.

Co-producer and performer Katherine Vince, who lives in Norwich and teaches devised performance at the UEA and Connect Dance Company at The Garage, said: 'We describe the show as fantastical realism. It has lots of hints of fairytale and dark comedy. It's about a woman who is terrified of growing old, so when a scientist offers her immortality in a potion she thinks it is the ideal. The show explores to what extent she will go to get what she wants, and it gets more and more bizarre as the play goes on.'

Katherine's fellow company members are Sarah Kenney, from New York, Dana Etgar, from Israel, and Justina Kaminskaite, from Lithuania. She said they could not wait for audiences to see the finished show and that The Garage's support had been key to the production's development.

'The journey with this show started a year ago,' she said.


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'This is our third residency at The Garage and it's the final phase of development for the show.'

The play's writer, Bill Gallagher, is Norfolk-based, as is Molly Barrett who designed the set. Jacquie Crago has directed the show which has received funding from Arts Council England and Norfolk Arts Project Fund.

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The Me is at The Garage on Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm. Visit www.thegarage.org.uk

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