At the Fringe # 11 | Go back to where you came from

Afsaneh Gray of Octopus and Kasia Lech of Bubble Revolution tackle timely political issues with humour

At the Fringe # 11 | The revolution will be podcasted

Afsaneh Gray's Octopus / credit: Zuleika Henry

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As we near the end of the Fringe, host Gareth K Vile welcomes two guests whose plays have melded hot button social and political subjects of the day with humour, playfulness and a dash of punk. Writer Afsaneh Gray's satire, Octopus, tackles what it means to be British. Set in dystopia alt-world where three women prepare for the state to determine how Brit they really are, Octopus challenges false visions of a homogenous native culture. In part three, fellow dramaturg Dr Kasia Lech talks about her solo show Bubble Revolution, which confronts some of the challenges Poland and its' migrants have experienced transitioning from communist bloc to western state. And Gareth confronts his comedy shortcomings again as List comedy reviewer Murray Robertson shares his Fringe picks.

Show notes
00:00:32 – Afsaneh Gray (Octopus)
00:13:47 – Music from Stop the Train
00:15:31 – Murray Robertson Fringe picks: Zoe Coombs Marr, Pete Firman, John Luke Roberts, Jonny Pelham, Joe DeRosa
00:20:23 – Kasia Lech (Bubble Revolution)
00:33:11 – Credits and thanks

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Bubble Revolution

  • 3 stars

Polish Theatre Ireland ‘An interesting and thought-provoking look at the world post-communism, which begs the question, is there such thing as happy ever after?' (Irish Theatre Magazine). 55 years after Berlin Wall divided Europe, 27 years after communism collapsed, 24 years after Coca-Cola fridges appeared in Poland…


  • 3 stars

Fine Mess Theatre / Paper Tiger Productions Set in a world where 'Britishness' is state defined, three women decide to resist definition altogether. And form a punk band. An anarchic new comedy by Afsaneh Gray (2014 Royal Court studio group), presented by Paper Tiger Productions and Fine Mess Theatre (2015 Les Enfants…


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