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Interview: Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying

It's performed by Germans speaking perfect English - it can't be every day you get to see that!

As Brighton Fringe gears up for 2016, Broadway Baby offers a preview of the shows, the people and the world that is Brighton Fringe. We’ve been speaking to participants from around the Fringe and asked them to give us an insight into their shows.

Name Laura Herrmann

Show Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying

Tell us a bit about yourself

I'm a British director who moved to Cologne, Germany 4 years ago and am now working as a producer for English speaking German theatre group, Port in Air.

Can you tell us a little bit about your show, what can we expect?

7 people, 8 chairs and a loop station are on the hunt for the sublime. They try it with terror, with beauty with laughter and tears. With verbal fireworks, physical percussion and original live music. The 7 are trapped in a valley and on one mountain, said Klee, are the Gods - who know that they know - and the other mountain is home to the animals - who don't know that they don't know. And us, as expected, are stuck in the middle forever knowing that we do not know.

Why did you decide to perform your show at the Brighton Fringe?

I brought a show to Brighton Fringe as a director many years ago and loved the positive, excited vibe of the fringe and its generous audiences. As a German group, we don't get the chance to perform in the UK much so we're very excited to hear and see what everyone makes of us!

What makes your show different?

It's performed by Germans speaking perfect English - it can't be every day you get to see that! And German theatre really is different. We also have original live music which is pretty darn good. And only 8 white chairs as set.

Who would enjoy seeing your show?

I'd say people who enjoy fast paced, sparky pieces that make you want to see them twice! And chair enthusiasts.

What has been the best advice you have been given?

Don't forget to pack pajamas from my husband. In a 12 bed dorm room, I'm going to need them.

What show, apart from yours, would you recommend at the Brighton Fringe and why?

Onwards to Progress / Orpheus by Bred in the Bone. For the moody advertising. And Meadow by Old Saw because I'm a sucker for puppetry. And Cathedral because it's held in semi-darkness. Yes please.

What do you think audiences will enjoy the most about your show?

Umm... It's funny?! And it raises questions we don't have the answers to. It's also beautiful. Very beautiful.

Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying is appearing at The Warren: Studio 2, 18-21 May 18:45


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