Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 intervew: Bryan Burroughs on Beowulf the Blockbuster
'The audience and I can meet each other and hopefully take this journey with this boy and his Da'
This article is from 2014.
Following its acclaimed run at the 2013 Dublin International Festival, Beowulf the Blockbuster has its UK debut at the Fringe this year. Written and performed by Irish Times Award-winning actor Bryan Burroughs, his dynamic solo performance repurposes the Old English epic poem, bane of many English undergraduates, to portray the relationship between a father and son with added Spielbergian monsters. As Burroughs says, 'It's also the first real action story so hence the blockbuster part of the title.’
The promise of superheroes of the silver screen becoming woven into the action alongside the iconic Beowulf rests on the expressive acrobatics of Burroughs himself, for aside from a few tricks of time and place 'everything else is created in the moment by the actor,' says Burroughs. 'So it's very much all or nothing.'
Burroughs focuses on evoking the silly and the sublime, the enchanted and the real, and promises a purely theatrical experience in which 'we can meet each other, the audience and I, and hopefully together take this journey with this boy and his Da.'
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 2–24 Aug (not 11, 18), 12.50pm £9–£11 (£8–£10). Previews 30 Jul, 1 Aug, £6.