In a circus after the lights have been turned off, four characters emerge in the darkness slowly revealing their desires, hunger and inner conflicts. Part mythical, part real, they define their own sense of sexuality and identity. Tension builds as the characters exist in their own separate worlds until a moment of destruction brings them together in an orgy of bodies, textures and emotions. Nights at the Circus is a provocative performance created by award-winning learning disabled and non-disabled artists, and is in Edinburgh for the month of August. Performer, David Munns and, director, Fauve Alice, spoke with The Fountain about their plans for the month.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
David: Yes, very, it’s a new departure for me, and to be a part of the Fringe is both exciting and daunting prospect, it’s a huge gamble for Spare Tyre, I only hope is that it pays off.
Fauve: Yes it’s an exciting time, we made the show over a year ago and have been longing to perform it again ever since. I think it will surprise and excite a lot of people.
TF: Nights at the Circus certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
David: There are four main characters who emerge onstage when the circus has gone to bed; The Ring Master Dr Mephestopohles – he runs the circus and has a strange and ill-fated obsession with… Evina; she is a mysterious and fortune teller with an almost hypnotic… The Siren, a beautiful mermaid who has a secret desire. And the hairy woman who is a wild and exciting
Fauve: We created these personas, alter egos almost, and from them poured their desires particularly around sex, gender and sensuality.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
David: I have always wanted to do drag and play female roles, also I had also been into cabaret and magic for a long time. I like the nocturnal setting, it gives it a feeling of something intriguing and intimate
Fauve: The project was driven by those of us in the room and what we needed to say. It became very experimental and there was an atmosphere that allowed for risks to be taken. We were driven by our own personal experiences but we wanted to turn them into visual poetry.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
Fauve: We have never been to the Fringe before and are looking forward to discovering the whole festival. We are really excited to see Bareface’s show Fix Us, a show created by disabled artists. They’re at the Underbelly everday at 12:20.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Nights at the Circus?
Fauve: World domination. We want to take the show abroad and become a proper travelling circus.
You can see Nights at the Circus at ZOO Playground until 24th August at 15:15. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/