Young Fringe stars Little Bulb explore new territory with Squally Showers

This article is from 2013

Squally Showers

'We’re exploring the world of dance theatre and dance logic' says artistic director Alex Scott

Between 2008’s Crocosmia and 2010’s Operation Greenfield, Little Bulb Theatre have won most of the major theatre awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. This year, they return with the third in their trilogy, Squally Showers.

‘The characters aren’t related at all,’ says artistic director Alex Scott, ‘but there’s a common theme, which is growing up. Crocosmia deals with very young children, Operation Greenfield is about teenagers, and this is a show about when you’ve graduated from being a teenager and you’re a young adult. That’s sort of the age that we’ve just gone through.’

Little Bulb are well known for their use of live music. But Squally Showers, set in the 1980s, focuses instead on dance and movement. Scott explains: ‘It’s completely different to anything we’ve done before because we’re exploring the world of dance theatre and dance logic. We’re not trained dancers, but we’ve always seen our work as choreography.

‘Music is incredibly important to the piece,’ he adds. ‘It’s just that we’re using recorded music. It’s very eclectic, and people can expect a lot of juxtaposition between classical pieces and more flamboyant, full-on, 80s-inspired dance music. That reflects the fact that we’re interested in a form of classical dance but also the effect of instinctive dance that everyone does when they go dancing, the more cheesy moves.’

And although it’s been a challenge, the company will be constantly refining the piece throughout August, and inviting the audience to offer feedback too. ‘It feels very much out of our comfort zone,’ admits Scott. ‘It feels like we are doing something very new and a bit raw. That’s very exciting, and I think Edinburgh is the perfect place to test it out.’

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 2−24 Aug (not 4, 11, 18 Aug), 9pm, £12 (£10).

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Squally Showers

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Little Bulb presents a lively combination of visual and physical performance techniques to tell the story of young adulthood in the 1980s.