Interview: Rhiannon Faith and Maddy Morgan – 'My sister once threw a dart and it landed in my head'
Creative duo Rhiannon Faith and Maddy Morgan have delved deep inside themselves to explore their fears in Fringe dance show, Scary Shit
Describing herself as 'a hopeless romantic,' up-and-coming UK choreographer Rhiannon Faith uses movement and whatever else it takes to examine what she refers to as 'impulsive, messed-up and fragile facets of the human condition.' Riding the rollercoaster of a therapeutic experiment, she and fellow performer Maddy Morgan have created a show about friendship, being a woman and asking for help.
An inevitable question is what is each performer afraid of? 'A massive list,' says Faith, 'but the way the show started was me wanting to get over my fear of speaking on the telephone. Oh, and my sister once threw a dart and it landed in my head, so any dart paraphernalia.' Morgan, for her part, replies: 'I can't tell you what I'm afraid of because it will ruin the show.'
Do they share a fear of being afraid? 'It got to a point where I was scared of everything,' Faith admits. 'Sounds neurotic, but the amount of times I'd jump out of my skin each day was ridiculous. I thought, I need to sort this out.' Morgan's turn: 'I'm not afraid of being afraid. Plus we've learnt that feelings are neither right nor wrong, it's what you do with them that counts.'
Scary Shit is both tender and rude. 'There's a bit of dry humping,' Faith reveals, 'and a section called 'Two Fannies go for a Summer Stroll.' And how do they feel about doing 24 performances in one month? 'We're not afraid!' Faith declares, adding, 'Translation: we're shitting ourselves.'
Pleasance Courtyard, 6–29 Aug (not 10, 15, 22), £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9). Previews 3–5 Aug, £6.