EDINBURGH 2018: BWW Q&A- Geek
BWW catches up with the makers of new musical Geek ahead of its run at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Tell us a bit about Geek.
GEEK is a story of love and redemption. It's about Gibby Stone a teenage girl raised in Hopeless Junction USA who has a horrible disfigurement who must battle persecution and hatred and in the end she learns to love herself. It's a darkly comic musical about what it's like to be an outsider and to be rejected - there are echoes of Elephant Man.
Is it a true story and if not, what inspired it?
I work with teens a lot and see the difficulties as girls try to work through positive body images. There is lot of self-shaming and We wanted to show, through drama, that you can love yourself.
Why bring it to the Fringe?
First of all, Edinburgh is a magical place. The incredible creative environment that exists at the Fringe is unrivalled. It is a great place to workshop a piece and get constructive feedback to further develop the material. But beyond this, it's an incredibly valuable experience for our young people - to be part of a theatre group in the USA and come to Scotland for the world's biggest arts festival is very special.
Who do you think your target audience is?
All ages but specifically a young audience of 14-25. It's very much about their lives and experience.
What do you hope audiences take away from the show?
I hope they enjoy it and the music and take away the feeling that in order to love you must begin with yourself.
Ticket information for Geek is available at https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/geek