Fringe preview: The Mac Twins – PLAY
Identical twin DJs with opposing music tastes leave it all up to the audience
This article is from 2015.
Like most good dance parties, PLAY came about after a disagreement over a techno remix of the Spice Girls' 'Wannabe'. Identical in looks if not musical taste, The Mac Twins were at odds over playing the track – Lisa felt it didn't have that zigazig ah, but Alana was sure it did. In the end, they came up with an ingenious arrangement: let the audience decide what they want, what they really really want.
'And thus, the idea for our immersive, interactive DJ show was born, and what a messy, but necessary birth it was,' they explain together. 'For years we’ve bickered in the booth about what to play and it took us a good few years to realise the magic is in the clash.'
As well as choosing the music, the audience are also invited to join in a live game, complete with mini challenges, mini worlds and 'power up levels', which as far as we can tell, is a little drinking 'pitstop'.
'It merges our theatre backgrounds, our love for our old Sega Mega Drive and our love for clubbing all in one show,' they say. But ultimately, it's about enjoyment. 'We want everyone to not take it too seriously and just have fun and a shimmy.’
Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, 13–15, 20–22 & 28-30 Aug, 12.30am, £10. Previews 6–8 Aug, £5.