Amy chats to Olivia Porter and Jarred Dewey who are performing in Party Ghost at the Fringe.
Here’s your chance to give an elevator pitch, can you give us a brief synopsis?
Imagine the twins from The Shining as slapstick acrobats and you have “Party Ghost”. An hour-long dark circus comedy about celebrating your death day, rather than your birthday, in a cartoonish, ridiculous, and tightly crafted clowning duet.
What attracted you to this production/role?
We have always been attracted to the macabre, playing with the grotesque, the camp and the silly. This show came about by pure chemistry between us performers (Olivia Porter and Jarred Dewey) alongside director Nicci Wilks. This show not only demonstrates the acrobats we are but also shows our twisted personalities and invites you to participate in perverse party games.
Have you performed at the fringe before? What are the best and worst parts of performing at the fringe? Or if it’s your first time, what are you most excited about?
We have all performed at Edinburgh Fringe before but independently with different productions. This is the first time we are here with our own Frankenstein monster of a show! We adore this town, it’s the perfect setting for our spooky antics! We love the Fringe festival because we get to see so many great shows and meet new artists and we DESPISE people who don’t take your flyer for your show!
What are the main themes within the production, and what can audiences expect?
Party Ghost exhumes themes of death and birthday celebration spliced with cult horror cinema and sibling rivalry taken to new extremes. The show is a wild ghost train ride into the “other side” featuring a high-level circus, sadistic slapstick and ghostly theatrics all wrapped up into one little pandora’s present box.
Finally, with so many shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, why should people book a ticket to this one?
We can say with ABSOLUTE certainty that there is no other show like “Party Ghost” out there! It’s spooky, quirky, saccharine sweet; only to turn menacingly cruel and will make you scoff at the sheer absurdity of it! Using circus and dark clown to make light of taboo topics and to celebrate our demise together… forever and ever…
Party Ghost will be performed at 2.55pm in Assembly Checkpoint from 2nd – 27th August (Not 14th or 21st)
Booking link: https://assemblyfestival.com/whats-on/party-ghost