Amy chats to Olivia Zerphy creator of The Life Sporadic of Jess Wildgoose which is on at this year’s Fringe!
Hey – here’s your chance to give an elevator pitch, can you give us a brief Synopsis?
Pixar meets Tarantino is this electrifying absurdist thriller that explores the universal themes of ambition, failure, self-help literature, and of course, high-risk equity trading. Jess has it all – until she doesn’t. After a meteoric rise and devastating fall in corporate America, Jess embarks on a brutal quest for revenge. With physical theatre and original musical underscoring, The Life Sporadic of Jess Wildgoose is as poignant as it is silly.
What inspired this show?
After the success of our debut show The Man Who Thought He Knew Too Much, we wanted to challenge ourselves to use our same fast-paced zany and cinematic style to tell a story that could delve into a more emotional and psychological realm.
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?
Last year was our first time at the Fringe, and we were up with our debut show, The Man Who Thought He Knew Too Much.
The best part of the fringe is how much amazing new work there is to see! The worst part of the fringe is how much amazing new work there is to see!
The choice paralysis is real, and I’m still kicking myself for some of the stunning shows I wasn’t able to catch.
What are the main themes within the production, and what can audiences expect?
Audiences will be taken on a wild ride from the dusty planes of Kansas to the trading floors of the New York stock exchange to the casinos of Vegas to a perilous journey across the ocean. This adventure is brought to vivid life using Voloz’s unique style of fast-paced physical theatre. The LifeSporadic interrogates how ambition can distort us, and the difficulty of making choices in a world so oversaturated with options. This show is eclectic, moving, absurd, and surprising. It’s the highest highs and lowest lows of one lifetime packed into 60 minutes.
Finally, with so many shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, why should people book a ticket to this one?
Everyone should see every show they possibly can. But – If you find yourself unable to decide if you want tragedy or comedy, thriller or adventure, theatre or dance, bucolic plains or sexy strip club, book a ticket to The Life Sporadic of Jess Wildgoose. As the title character of our show says, “You really can have it all.”
The Life Sporadic of Jess Wildgoose is on at Pleasance Courtyard from 2nd – 28th August at 2.25pm – info here!